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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,379Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 85 out of 682

$1.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 59 out of 682

642 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
17% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 642 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 642 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,436 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% 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

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,022 974 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 913 743 S3 2 1
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 520 487 3 147
SIMVASTATIN 508 448 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 443 401 5 7
OMEPRAZOLE 424 356 6 5
LISINOPRIL 421 396 7 2
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 409 362 8 142
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 392 359 9 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 351 293 10 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 317 300 11 15
ALPRAZOLAM 301 275 12 90
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 273 256 13 6
SPIRONOLACTONE 229 222 14 64
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 224 199 15 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 223 223 16 43
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 216 188 17 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 180 18 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 198 183 19 29
METFORMIN HCL ER 196 174 20 68
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 184 184 21 77
GABAPENTIN 183 153 22 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 180 172 23 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 180 172 23 14
DIOVAN 171 152 25 42
ZETIA 170 157 26 69
RANITIDINE HCL 168 120 27 28
SYNTHROID 168 162 27 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 165 152 29 58
CRESTOR 158 135 30 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 156 144 31 20
JANUVIA 155 151 32 62
LANSOPRAZOLE 154 154 33 85
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 153 141 34 36
PLAVIX 139 136 35 35
CLOPIDOGREL 137 130 36 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 127 120 37 13
TRAZODONE HCL 117 113 38 38
METFORMIN HCL 116 73 39 8
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 114 105 40 96
TEMAZEPAM 113 113 41 247
FLUOXETINE HCL 111 99 42 60
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE ER 108 96 10 43 337
VYTORIN 106 85 44 145
ADVAIR DISKUS 106 97 44 47
LORAZEPAM 106 93 44 158
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 100 47 12
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 104 103 S2 47 120
DIAZEPAM 104 104 47 300
ALLOPURINOL 100 100 50 32
PROAIR HFA 100 72 50 45
DIOVAN HCT 99 88 52 109
ATENOLOL 97 81 53 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 85 53 33
TRICOR 92 80 55 94
ACARBOSE 92 80 55 320
BENAZEPRIL HCL 87 81 57 89
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87 86 57 37
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 83 70 59 44
TRAMADOL HCL 82 76 60 26
AZITHROMYCIN 81 71 61 39
CYMBALTA 81 79 61 51
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 80 74 R 63 177
PREDNISONE 80 67 63 40
MELOXICAM 76 68 65 27
CELEBREX 76 64 65 80
FOLBIC 74 74 67 407
GEMFIBROZIL 72 72 68 122
NEXIUM 70 61 69 19
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66 66 70 119
DIGOXIN 64 64 71 46
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 58 72 56
GLIPIZIDE XL 62 62 73 181
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 49 R 74 50
PAROXETINE HCL 61 61 74 53
DONEPEZIL HCL 60 48 76 30
EVISTA 59 59 77 135
TEKTURNA 58 57 78 243
DEXAMETHASONE 58 54 78 303
HYDROCODONE-CHLORPHENIRAMINE 58 58 S3 10 78 443
AMOXICILLIN 57 45 81 113
ENDOCET 55 55 S2 82 88
RAMIPRIL 54 42 83 81
EXELON 54 54 83 104
CARVEDILOL 54 32 83 23
SERTRALINE HCL 54 47 83 24
CEFUROXIME 51 48 87 164
FOLBEE 51 49 10 87 469
CLONAZEPAM 50 50 89 194
SPIRIVA 50 40 89 49
MIRTAZAPINE 50 50 89 52
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 Feb. 26, 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.