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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,404Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 120 out of 682

$927K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 124 out of 682

525 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

3% of this provider’s 525 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 525 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 13,601 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

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 800 651 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 758 673 2 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 655 590 3 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 476 436 4 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 459 412 5 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 452 357 S3 6 1
OMEPRAZOLE 416 347 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 374 325 8 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 372 327 9 12
FUROSEMIDE 353 294 10 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 287 254 11 17
SIMVASTATIN 284 249 12 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 282 232 13 11
GABAPENTIN 270 200 14 9
METFORMIN HCL 247 192 15 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 246 201 16 43
ALLOPURINOL 236 175 17 32
CLONIDINE HCL 222 166 18 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 199 154 19 29
LANTUS 188 151 20 55
DIGOXIN 178 167 21 46
TERAZOSIN HCL 175 145 22 171
CLOPIDOGREL 169 156 23 25
CRESTOR 168 137 24 22
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 146 138 S3 25 126
DIOVAN 145 120 26 42
RAMIPRIL 145 119 26 81
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 131 26 147
VERAPAMIL ER 138 138 29 116
INSULIN SYRINGE 136 97 30 75
FAMOTIDINE 132 129 31 99
NOVOLOG 128 90 32 129
JANUVIA 128 114 32 62
CARVEDILOL 126 118 34 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 125 99 35 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 84 36 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 115 99 37 44
PLAVIX 115 100 37 35
ROPINIROLE HCL 113 92 39 71
NEXIUM 110 78 40 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 105 96 41 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 97 97 42 30
ATENOLOL 97 68 42 18
LEVETIRACETAM 86 77 44 125
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 82 57 R 45 65
SYNTHROID 81 78 46 59
SPIRONOLACTONE 80 71 47 64
PREDNISONE 79 65 48 40
GEMFIBROZIL 77 63 49 122
LYRICA 77 46 49 78
CALCITONIN-SALMON 75 72 51 269
SUCRALFATE 75 64 51 160
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 69 53 31
NASONEX 68 57 54 199
KLOR-CON M20 67 63 55 67
NAMENDA 67 67 55 41
HYDRALAZINE HCL 65 45 57 74
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65 56 57 21
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 42 59 114
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 53 R 59 50
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 59 61 144
CYMBALTA 59 39 62 51
TAMSULOSIN HCL 59 51 62 33
BUMETANIDE 58 51 64 115
ALPRAZOLAM 58 45 64 90
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 57 57 66 142
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 55 49 67 371
NIASPAN 55 25 67 133
OXYCODONE HCL 54 54 S2 69 93
LOVAZA 53 31 70 106
GLIPIZIDE 51 40 71 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 25 71 47
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 Nov. 26, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.