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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,750Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 355 out of 682

$428K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 343 out of 682

257 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

7% of this provider’s 257 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 257 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 3,949 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% 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

26 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
OMEPRAZOLE 278 150 1 5
LISINOPRIL 238 131 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 198 161 3 6
METFORMIN HCL 182 107 4 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 169 108 S3 5 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 156 84 6 15
GABAPENTIN 155 98 7 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 148 81 8 3
CRESTOR 133 117 9 22
FUROSEMIDE 121 53 10 7
SIMVASTATIN 117 93 11 4
RANITIDINE HCL 104 70 12 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 55 13 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 94 75 14 17
SPIRIVA 87 59 15 49
CARVEDILOL 84 52 16 23
LOVASTATIN 83 49 17 66
NEXIUM 79 37 18 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 78 65 19 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 77 40 20 11
PREDNISONE 76 55 21 40
WARFARIN SODIUM 75 40 22 13
TRAZODONE HCL 74 12 23 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 32 24 34
ATENOLOL 65 47 25 18
CYMBALTA 64 42 26 51
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 45 26 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 46 28 37
PROAIR HFA 58 17 29 45
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57 20 R 30 54
CLONIDINE HCL 55 32 31 48
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 35 32 57
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 23 33 60
ULORIC 50 45 33 272
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 May 30, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.