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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,460Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 129 out of 682

$793K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 158 out of 682

454 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
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this specialty
in Kentucky
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 454 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 454 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,572 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Kentucky
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 552 511 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 501 439 S3 2 1
LISINOPRIL 496 433 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 443 383 4 5
SERTRALINE HCL 395 343 5 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 376 358 6 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 353 339 7 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 307 276 8 44
FUROSEMIDE 300 268 9 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 298 265 10 20
GABAPENTIN 271 214 11 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 260 250 12 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 253 241 13 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 225 211 14 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 216 188 15 15
SIMVASTATIN 209 177 16 4
TRAMADOL HCL 200 193 17 26
RANITIDINE HCL 199 162 18 28
METFORMIN HCL 195 159 19 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 179 134 20 21
CHLORTHALIDONE 178 156 21 182
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 171 160 22 36
CARVEDILOL 171 141 22 23
MELOXICAM 163 140 24 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 156 25 33
ATENOLOL 145 127 26 18
DIGOXIN 137 119 27 46
MIRTAZAPINE 133 117 28 52
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 126 118 29 84
GLIMEPIRIDE 121 112 30 43
FAMOTIDINE 119 99 31 99
FINASTERIDE 114 114 32 131
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 102 33 12
BYSTOLIC 104 103 34 118
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 102 100 35 139
CITALOPRAM HBR 100 90 36 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 98 98 37 30
LANTUS 94 86 38 55
ROPINIROLE HCL 94 79 38 71
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 89 73 40 11
SYMBICORT 88 83 41 117
NAMENDA 87 87 42 41
LOVASTATIN 82 75 43 66
HUMALOG 77 48 44 213
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 76 71 45 29
SPIRIVA 75 70 46 49
NEXIUM 72 72 47 19
CRESTOR 71 66 48 22
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 71 68 48 123
PROMETHAZINE HCL 68 57 R 50 54
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 66 63 51 87
CLOPIDOGREL 63 62 52 25
EXELON 63 63 52 104
ALLOPURINOL 63 46 52 32
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 61 55 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 55 55 37
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 60 40 57 119
PROAIR HFA 60 53 57 45
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 49 59 64
NYSTATIN 59 53 59 95
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 57 61 85
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 57 61 141
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 58 47 61 103
CYMBALTA 58 47 61 51
PREDNISONE 57 54 65 40
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 56 56 66 57
NOVOLOG 55 55 67 129
SINGULAIR 55 50 67 63
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 52 46 69 142
DIOVAN 52 52 69 42
TRAZODONE HCL 52 43 69 38
VITAMIN D2 51 51 72 206
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 51 0 S2 72 143
EVISTA 51 38 72 135
LIDODERM 51 37 72 134
PLAVIX 50 49 76 35
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Dec. 23, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.