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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,286Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 75 out of 682

$984K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 110 out of 682

683 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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

5% of this provider’s 683 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 683 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 16,910 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
SIMVASTATIN 771 633 1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 768 692 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 763 639 3 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 650 570 4 15
METFORMIN HCL 546 408 5 8
OMEPRAZOLE 525 436 6 5
LISINOPRIL 506 441 7 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 464 390 8 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 418 331 S3 9 1
FUROSEMIDE 410 373 10 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 397 365 11 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 315 294 12 11
GABAPENTIN 268 190 13 9
RANITIDINE HCL 265 221 14 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 253 214 15 17
SERTRALINE HCL 251 213 16 24
CARVEDILOL 238 238 17 23
PREDNISONE 229 183 18 40
CLONIDINE HCL 222 212 19 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 222 182 19 16
NEXIUM 220 157 21 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 218 207 22 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 206 187 23 13
FLUOXETINE HCL 199 158 24 60
DONEPEZIL HCL 199 199 24 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 193 166 26 31
CRESTOR 189 127 27 22
JANUVIA 186 108 28 62
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 173 29 147
GEMFIBROZIL 168 133 30 122
FENOFIBRATE 167 124 31 76
TAMSULOSIN HCL 166 148 32 33
TORSEMIDE 162 153 33 155
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 148 34 12
TRAMADOL HCL 157 152 35 26
AZITHROMYCIN 156 131 36 39
GLYBURIDE 153 128 R 37 72
NAMENDA 132 132 38 41
ALLOPURINOL 130 120 39 32
CLOPIDOGREL 128 89 40 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 125 95 R 41 50
ATENOLOL 124 124 42 18
ALPRAZOLAM 121 107 43 90
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 120 112 44 173
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 90 45 21
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 88 46 56
EXELON 113 113 47 104
MELOXICAM 109 74 48 27
PLAVIX 106 79 49 35
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 102 85 50 176
SYNTHROID 96 78 51 59
FENTANYL 96 85 S2 51 86
FAMOTIDINE 94 86 53 99
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 47 53 29
BUMETANIDE 93 77 55 115
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 92 92 56 44
SINGULAIR 90 56 57 63
LABETALOL HCL 88 75 58 249
NIFEDIPINE ER 87 68 59 144
RAMIPRIL 86 63 60 81
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 85 69 61 77
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 48 61 34
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 82 82 63 87
LIPITOR 76 69 64 92
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 76 66 64 37
MEGESTROL ACETATE 70 70 R 66 165
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 70 55 66 140
LOVASTATIN 70 70 66 66
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 67 57 69 127
PAROXETINE HCL 67 46 69 53
PROMETHAZINE HCL 66 57 R 71 54
HUMULIN N 64 41 72 429
BENAZEPRIL HCL 63 57 73 89
VERAPAMIL ER 63 62 73 116
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 44 75 47
PREMARIN 60 54 R 76 132
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 60 60 76 111
SOTALOL 60 51 76 218
INSULIN SYRINGE 59 36 79 75
DIGOXIN 58 45 80 46
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 37 81 112
COMBIVENT 56 26 82 105
BENICAR 55 45 83 202
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 47 84 58
HYDROCORTISONE 54 46 84 267
RANEXA 53 53 86 223
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 44 86 70
LORAZEPAM 52 51 88 158
DIOVAN 52 52 88 42
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 52 30 88 153
TRICOR 51 26 91 94
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 April 20, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.