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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,398Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 682

$1.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 83 out of 682

658 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

3% of this provider’s 658 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 658 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 18,059 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

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 1,097 848 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 760 576 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 700 499 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 646 524 4 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 635 522 5 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 595 453 S3 6 1
FUROSEMIDE 571 469 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 521 439 8 6
METFORMIN HCL 520 382 9 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 466 388 10 10
CARVEDILOL 412 315 11 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 387 332 12 14
MELOXICAM 369 284 13 27
GABAPENTIN 368 255 14 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 352 308 15 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 301 216 16 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 296 235 17 13
CLOPIDOGREL 274 232 18 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 268 228 19 33
NEXIUM 265 139 20 19
CLONIDINE HCL 258 201 21 48
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 250 231 22 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 244 177 23 17
DIGOXIN 223 210 24 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 219 162 25 21
CRESTOR 219 186 25 22
LYRICA 215 128 27 78
SERTRALINE HCL 206 202 28 24
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 202 173 R 29 50
ATENOLOL 199 180 30 18
TRAMADOL HCL 184 123 31 26
AZITHROMYCIN 182 124 32 39
PLAVIX 176 145 33 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 170 164 34 20
LANTUS 160 101 35 55
ESTRADIOL 155 102 R 36 152
PAROXETINE HCL 155 81 36 53
DONEPEZIL HCL 151 127 38 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 148 100 39 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 139 111 40 44
ACTOS 136 85 41 151
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 135 110 42 107
CELEBREX 132 128 43 80
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 129 121 44 91
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 126 78 45 29
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 123 55 R 46 65
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 123 105 46 58
RAMIPRIL 122 92 48 81
NABUMETONE 121 68 49 227
PROAIR HFA 120 69 50 45
LOVASTATIN 118 78 51 66
RANITIDINE HCL 117 73 52 28
LEVOFLOXACIN 116 90 53 70
INSULIN SYRINGE 115 96 54 75
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 115 91 54 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 114 84 56 36
FENOFIBRATE 112 82 57 76
MECLIZINE HCL 106 91 58 124
BYSTOLIC 105 86 59 118
PREMARIN 103 80 R 60 132
CYMBALTA 100 63 61 51
GLYBURIDE 94 68 R 62 72
KLOR-CON M20 94 84 62 67
NAMENDA 92 92 64 41
DIOVAN 86 60 65 42
ALLOPURINOL 83 78 66 32
TRICOR 83 61 66 94
GLIPIZIDE ER 81 67 68 108
NAPROXEN 77 60 69 97
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 57 69 47
METHOCARBAMOL 77 57 R 69 163
MEGESTROL ACETATE 76 73 R 72 165
PREDNISONE 76 56 72 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 60 72 31
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 75 41 75 137
TRAZODONE HCL 73 42 76 38
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 73 53 76 103
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 72 49 R 78 285
ZETIA 71 43 79 69
NASONEX 71 39 79 199
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 70 81 37
CILOSTAZOL 67 53 82 183
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 59 82 64
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 66 66 84 121
NIFEDIPINE ER 66 54 84 144
HUMALOG 65 45 86 213
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 65 65 86 77
SPIRIVA 65 46 86 49
NOVOLOG 65 44 86 129
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 63 90 56
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 63 55 90 180
IBUPROFEN 62 27 92 79
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 40 93 71
GLIPIZIDE 59 42 94 61
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 50 95 60
SODIUM CHLORIDE 53 52 96 209
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 53 48 96 203
JANUVIA 52 26 98 62
DIOVAN HCT 52 36 98 109
LIPITOR 51 47 100 92
PROMETHAZINE HCL 50 46 R 101 54
LORATADINE 50 14 101 256
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 May 7, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.