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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,325Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 61 out of 682

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 682

981 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Kentucky
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 981 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 981 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 14,879 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
LISINOPRIL 959 630 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 758 526 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 543 416 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 543 432 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 485 368 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 474 346 S3 6 1
METFORMIN HCL 471 339 7 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 457 309 8 3
GABAPENTIN 410 237 9 9
NEXIUM 395 224 10 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 377 302 11 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 362 301 12 13
CARVEDILOL 293 230 13 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 287 212 14 12
TRAMADOL HCL 256 198 15 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 254 195 16 15
ATENOLOL 235 177 17 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 226 185 18 14
CLOPIDOGREL 225 160 19 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 213 154 20 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 211 110 21 21
ALLOPURINOL 209 151 22 32
RANITIDINE HCL 196 120 23 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 196 137 23 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 188 136 25 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 184 151 26 11
INSULIN SYRINGE 184 142 26 75
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 180 96 28 34
JANUVIA 180 126 28 62
PAROXETINE HCL 176 133 30 53
MELOXICAM 164 102 31 27
LANTUS 159 124 32 55
GLIMEPIRIDE 154 103 33 43
AZITHROMYCIN 153 87 34 39
PLAVIX 150 120 35 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 147 127 36 30
DIOVAN 142 103 37 42
NAMENDA 141 129 38 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 136 100 39 31
SERTRALINE HCL 133 88 40 24
CRESTOR 128 78 41 22
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 125 104 42 87
TAMSULOSIN HCL 124 115 43 33
GLYBURIDE 117 72 R 44 72
DIGOXIN 114 108 45 46
LACTULOSE 112 78 46 100
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 110 103 47 77
RISPERIDONE 110 99 47 82
TRAZODONE HCL 108 44 49 38
SPIRIVA 107 51 50 49
PROMETHAZINE HCL 102 68 R 51 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 101 45 52 47
NOVOLOG 99 73 53 129
FENOFIBRATE 99 24 53 76
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 76 55 20
GEMFIBROZIL 94 57 56 122
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 93 54 R 57 50
DIOVAN HCT 93 85 57 109
PROAIR HFA 93 30 57 45
PREDNISONE 92 69 60 40
RENVELA 91 18 61 271
ROPINIROLE HCL 89 41 62 71
LEVOFLOXACIN 89 71 62 70
LOVASTATIN 89 87 62 66
CYMBALTA 88 0 65 51
GLIPIZIDE 87 53 66 61
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 86 39 S2 67 98
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 70 68 56
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 84 70 R 69 328
TRICOR 83 49 70 94
CALCIUM ACETATE 82 32 71 319
FINASTERIDE 80 75 72 131
COLCRYS 80 64 72 241
SINGULAIR 79 58 74 63
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 79 52 74 111
FAMOTIDINE 79 46 74 99
LIPITOR 77 41 77 92
BUSPIRONE HCL 74 46 78 102
CLONIDINE HCL 73 62 79 48
SYMBICORT 73 45 79 117
ACTOS 72 51 81 151
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 48 82 36
LIDODERM 71 68 82 134
GLIPIZIDE ER 70 64 84 108
VENTOLIN HFA 70 27 84 101
SEROQUEL 68 58 86 193
DETROL LA 68 64 86 226
BENAZEPRIL HCL 67 46 88 89
CELEBREX 62 44 89 80
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 61 24 90 84
PEN NEEDLE 60 19 91 159
ONDANSETRON HCL 60 26 91 195
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 22 91 64
TIZANIDINE HCL 60 47 91 83
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 46 95 58
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 27 95 141
MIRTAZAPINE 56 56 97 52
QUINAPRIL HCL 56 0 97 138
MECLIZINE HCL 54 43 99 124
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 54 54 99 190
ULORIC 53 32 101 272
KLOR-CON M20 52 48 102 67
NIASPAN 52 33 102 133
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 51 31 104 188
IBUPROFEN 51 37 104 79
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 26 106 114
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 39 106 73
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 March 24, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.