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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,570Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 105 out of 682

$779K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 163 out of 682

716 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

17% of this provider’s 716 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 716 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 15,409 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 732 622 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 656 581 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 647 514 3 5
LISINOPRIL 618 543 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 543 475 5 7
SIMVASTATIN 541 496 6 4
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 438 392 S2 7 120
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 424 378 8 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 386 335 9 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 372 349 10 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 325 287 11 14
FENTANYL 240 200 S2 12 86
GABAPENTIN 235 201 13 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 228 216 14 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 213 193 15 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 212 212 16 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 200 173 17 21
METFORMIN HCL 198 157 18 8
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 175 164 19 58
BUSPIRONE HCL 173 168 20 102
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 172 165 21 11
TRAZODONE HCL 164 134 22 38
KLOR-CON M10 153 142 23 186
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 153 131 23 16
OXYCODONE HCL 152 134 S2 25 93
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 151 129 26 44
NOVOLOG 146 128 27 129
PREDNISONE 138 131 28 40
SERTRALINE HCL 135 124 29 24
CEFPROZIL 133 129 30 260
CARVEDILOL 121 106 31 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 120 112 32 37
ALPRAZOLAM 119 113 33 90
CLONIDINE HCL 117 114 34 48
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 117 109 34 87
NAMENDA 112 112 36 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 110 110 37 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 109 88 38 13
NEXIUM 106 89 39 19
CLOPIDOGREL 106 97 39 25
PAROXETINE HCL 106 84 39 53
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 102 102 42 139
AMOXICILLIN 101 85 43 113
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 100 93 44 114
JANUVIA 99 76 45 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL 94 94 46 33
PROMETHAZINE HCL 92 40 R 47 54
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 92 80 47 137
ATENOLOL 90 87 49 18
LORAZEPAM 89 78 50 158
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 88 81 51 15
JANTOVEN 87 87 52 208
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 87 87 52 121
CRESTOR 86 61 54 22
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 83 83 55 123
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 83 81 R 55 50
PLAVIX 82 77 57 35
LANTUS 82 70 57 55
CYMBALTA 81 78 59 51
PEN NEEDLE 81 79 59 159
TRAMADOL HCL 81 49 59 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 78 70 62 29
AZITHROMYCIN 76 67 63 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 69 63 36
MIRTAZAPINE 74 72 65 52
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 46 66 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 68 55 67 43
SINGULAIR 68 53 67 63
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 67 53 69 307
LEVETIRACETAM 67 54 69 125
MELOXICAM 66 43 71 27
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 62 72 57
BACLOFEN 61 49 73 130
HYDRALAZINE HCL 61 59 73 74
PROAIR HFA 60 27 75 45
DIOVAN 59 58 76 42
LOVASTATIN 59 59 76 66
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58 45 78 112
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 52 79 70
GLIPIZIDE 55 43 79 61
ALLOPURINOL 54 39 81 32
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 54 40 81 110
SUCRALFATE 54 52 81 160
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54 38 81 73
SYMBICORT 53 52 85 117
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 19 S2 85 98
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 35 87 119
COMBIVENT 51 19 88 105
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 40 88 111
TEMAZEPAM 50 43 90 247
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. 8, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.