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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,101Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 37 out of 682

$1.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 682

627 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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

11% of this provider’s 627 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 627 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 23,277 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 965 894 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 907 894 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 884 819 3 4
LISINOPRIL 799 743 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 718 653 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 693 638 6 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 591 547 7 13
OMEPRAZOLE 557 514 8 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 547 544 9 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 510 472 10 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 504 476 11 44
NAMENDA 480 468 12 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 439 426 13 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 433 418 14 21
METFORMIN HCL 397 321 15 8
SERTRALINE HCL 388 360 16 24
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 328 303 17 114
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 284 282 18 188
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 272 254 19 14
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 257 228 20 203
GABAPENTIN 256 209 21 9
MIRTAZAPINE 252 236 22 52
LEVETIRACETAM 245 165 23 125
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 242 222 10 24 276
CARVEDILOL 229 215 25 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 202 26 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 211 211 27 31
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 197 185 28 149
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 197 187 28 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 189 181 30 20
CRESTOR 180 135 31 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 180 163 31 29
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 180 180 31 121
EXELON 169 169 34 104
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 168 156 S2 35 120
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 164 158 36 36
KLOR-CON M10 159 149 37 186
BUSPIRONE HCL 158 143 38 102
LACTULOSE 156 155 39 100
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 153 150 40 37
KLOR-CON M20 148 145 41 67
DIGOXIN 146 146 42 46
HYDRALAZINE HCL 145 144 43 74
CLONIDINE HCL 144 140 44 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 139 130 45 16
CLOPIDOGREL 136 129 46 25
TRAZODONE HCL 129 103 47 38
ALLOPURINOL 127 127 48 32
KLOR-CON 10 127 127 48 148
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 125 125 50 11
SPIRIVA 123 115 51 49
SPIRONOLACTONE 119 104 52 64
LYRICA 119 119 52 78
CYMBALTA 118 110 54 51
NEXIUM 116 109 55 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 116 116 55 87
SYMBICORT 113 113 57 117
PAROXETINE HCL 112 92 58 53
PREDNISONE 111 109 59 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 107 90 60 73
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 107 107 60 162
SINGULAIR 106 100 62 63
RISPERIDONE 100 100 63 82
SANTYL 100 89 63 245
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 92 80 65 84
DIOVAN 91 91 66 42
TRAMADOL HCL 90 75 67 26
JANUVIA 90 76 67 62
ATENOLOL 88 74 69 18
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 86 86 70 111
VALPROIC ACID 85 85 71 262
LOVASTATIN 83 83 72 66
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 83 77 72 139
RANITIDINE HCL 81 81 74 28
LABETALOL HCL 77 54 75 249
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 76 56 R 76 50
PROMETHAZINE HCL 74 70 R 77 54
MELOXICAM 73 68 78 27
FENTANYL 72 72 S2 79 86
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 71 79 33
OXYCODONE HCL 71 63 S2 81 93
PLAVIX 70 65 82 35
BYSTOLIC 70 65 82 118
PREVALITE 64 64 10 84 429
GLYBURIDE 64 50 R 84 72
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 59 86 58
AMIODARONE HCL 62 51 86 170
DETROL LA 60 55 88 226
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 59 57 89 196
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 48 90 119
LIDODERM 55 54 91 134
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 55 50 91 112
NYSTATIN 53 52 93 95
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 50 94 103
OXYCONTIN 52 52 S2 94 178
LATANOPROST 51 51 96 277
PROCTOZONE-HC 50 50 97 471
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 50 97 34
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 Oct. 3, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.