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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,775Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 682

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 78 out of 682

462 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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

9% of this provider’s 462 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 462 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 20,692 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

51 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 1,378 1,191 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 974 805 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 815 762 3 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 704 659 4 13
LISINOPRIL 620 518 5 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 535 475 6 10
SIMVASTATIN 529 442 7 4
GLIPIZIDE 473 403 8 61
RANITIDINE HCL 458 387 9 28
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 436 433 10 44
CITALOPRAM HBR 409 379 11 17
FUROSEMIDE 390 375 12 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 357 326 13 37
SERTRALINE HCL 330 279 14 24
LACTULOSE 314 296 15 100
INSULIN SYRINGE 303 263 16 75
LANTUS 272 230 17 55
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 271 218 18 121
CARVEDILOL 271 251 18 23
METFORMIN HCL 264 208 20 8
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 244 198 21 236
GABAPENTIN 243 193 22 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 242 219 23 6
NAMENDA 238 225 24 41
LOVASTATIN 229 195 25 66
DIGOXIN 197 192 26 46
MIRTAZAPINE 194 161 27 52
LIDODERM 192 174 28 134
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 188 163 29 14
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 182 151 30 91
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 177 167 31 31
TRAMADOL HCL 176 138 32 26
CLOPIDOGREL 175 150 33 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 166 124 34 47
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 165 141 35 84
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 163 139 36 21
PROMETHAZINE HCL 162 138 R 37 54
DONEPEZIL HCL 160 157 38 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 146 39 33
FLUOXETINE HCL 151 141 40 60
PREDNISONE 149 131 41 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 124 42 12
ATENOLOL 140 92 43 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 137 128 44 20
PROAIR HFA 137 95 44 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 136 100 46 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 136 131 46 29
PLAVIX 131 116 48 35
TRAZODONE HCL 130 102 49 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 129 114 50 15
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 123 116 51 156
BUSPIRONE HCL 119 112 52 102
ALLOPURINOL 118 97 53 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 113 113 54 16
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 112 92 55 196
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 106 97 56 73
NYSTATIN 105 103 57 95
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 104 74 R 58 50
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 102 100 59 111
BACLOFEN 101 77 60 130
MEGESTROL ACETATE 98 96 R 61 165
LIPITOR 93 70 62 92
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 89 63 34
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 87 83 64 276
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 87 83 64 188
MECLIZINE HCL 86 75 66 124
FENTANYL 85 85 S2 67 86
MELOXICAM 82 58 68 27
AZITHROMYCIN 79 69 69 39
JANUVIA 78 78 70 62
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 77 65 71 140
FINASTERIDE 76 64 72 131
NEXIUM 76 57 72 19
TRICOR 75 55 74 94
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 74 65 75 149
KLOR-CON M10 71 71 76 186
SPIRIVA 67 48 77 49
ONDANSETRON HCL 67 62 77 195
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 67 67 77 119
CRESTOR 67 58 77 22
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 44 81 114
RISPERIDONE 66 60 81 82
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 59 83 87
LEVEMIR 63 58 84 185
VENTOLIN HFA 63 47 84 101
DILTIAZEM HCL 62 62 86 217
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 57 86 64
CELEBREX 60 48 88 80
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 60 44 88 153
KLOR-CON M20 58 55 90 67
DIOVAN 57 48 91 42
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 56 92 89
GLYBURIDE 54 42 R 93 72
DILTIAZEM ER 53 53 94 136
CLONIDINE HCL 53 40 94 48
METHOTREXATE 52 52 96 248
HUMALOG 51 47 97 213
DILANTIN 51 51 97 322
HYDROXYZINE HCL 51 42 R 97 187
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 36 97 96
ABILIFY 51 51 97 179
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. 14, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.