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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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35,488Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 682

$1.75M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 682

1,016 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

5% of this provider’s 1,016 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 1,016 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 29,372 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,125 1,021 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,054 937 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 1,008 744 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 995 834 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 940 610 S3 5 1
LISINOPRIL 875 679 6 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 746 657 7 15
CHLORTHALIDONE 727 652 10 8 182
FUROSEMIDE 717 640 9 7
METFORMIN HCL 582 451 10 8
GABAPENTIN 575 439 11 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 531 478 12 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 507 465 13 13
RANITIDINE HCL 502 434 14 28
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 500 413 15 142
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 476 438 16 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 463 397 17 14
TRAZODONE HCL 463 364 17 38
SERTRALINE HCL 448 353 19 24
ATENOLOL 435 373 20 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 388 352 21 20
TRAMADOL HCL 382 277 22 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 382 353 22 31
CARVEDILOL 364 318 24 23
CLOPIDOGREL 353 297 25 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 340 325 26 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 336 294 27 10
FAMOTIDINE 326 286 28 99
NEXIUM 305 241 29 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 291 252 30 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 283 247 31 11
PLAVIX 282 248 32 35
PAROXETINE HCL 269 229 33 53
PREDNISONE 267 246 34 40
BENAZEPRIL HCL 260 234 35 89
NAMENDA 257 256 36 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 251 193 37 36
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 241 134 38 119
GLIMEPIRIDE 238 187 39 43
DIGOXIN 236 225 40 46
FLUOXETINE HCL 236 157 40 60
SINGULAIR 233 193 42 63
FINASTERIDE 231 213 43 131
ALLOPURINOL 210 164 44 32
MIRTAZAPINE 210 195 44 52
RISPERIDONE 206 195 46 82
INDAPAMIDE 199 178 47 224
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 172 148 48 77
CRESTOR 171 143 49 22
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 170 88 R 50 65
NIASPAN 169 128 51 133
AZITHROMYCIN 166 129 52 39
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 163 154 53 156
LACTULOSE 160 144 54 100
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 159 143 55 84
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 155 121 56 21
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 151 123 57 112
JANTOVEN 148 148 58 208
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 143 97 59 44
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 142 86 60 111
METFORMIN HCL ER 138 120 61 68
DIOVAN 137 125 62 42
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 134 85 R 63 50
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 105 63 147
FENTANYL 133 84 S2 65 86
SUCRALFATE 124 88 66 160
DOXEPIN HCL 123 78 67 205
SYNTHROID 122 110 68 59
VALPROIC ACID 122 110 68 262
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 119 53 S2 70 143
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 118 111 71 29
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 117 100 72 137
ROPINIROLE HCL 108 57 73 71
PROMETHAZINE HCL 108 55 R 73 54
LIPITOR 106 92 75 92
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 105 95 76 57
SPIRIVA 105 95 76 49
BUSPIRONE HCL 105 86 76 102
LORAZEPAM 105 93 76 158
CYMBALTA 104 98 80 51
CEPHALEXIN 104 99 80 128
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 67 82 34
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 103 103 82 123
NYSTATIN 103 94 82 95
LOVAZA 102 85 85 106
INSULIN SYRINGE 98 83 86 75
NASONEX 97 89 87 199
ADVAIR DISKUS 94 70 88 47
MUPIROCIN 91 69 89 166
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 91 53 S3 89 126
GEMFIBROZIL 90 71 91 122
LANTUS 89 80 92 55
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 88 72 93 149
NAPROXEN 87 83 94 97
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 86 66 95 140
HYDRALAZINE HCL 85 84 96 74
GLIPIZIDE ER 84 80 97 108
NOVOLOG 83 48 98 129
CLONIDINE HCL 83 49 98 48
NITROSTAT 83 78 98 161
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 80 98 56
SPIRONOLACTONE 83 68 98 64
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 68 103 58
BUPROPION HCL SR 82 37 103 198
PROAIR HFA 81 64 105 45
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 81 73 105 107
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 80 105 12
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 80 80 108 252
OXYCODONE HCL 77 32 S2 109 93
OXYCONTIN 77 33 S2 109 178
LEVOXYL 77 77 109 250
LIDODERM 77 74 109 134
KETOCONAZOLE 76 49 113 405
COMBIVENT 73 63 114 105
ESTRADIOL 71 52 R 115 152
DILTIAZEM ER 71 68 115 136
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 70 69 117 204
MELOXICAM 70 55 117 27
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 69 49 119 96
TORSEMIDE 68 53 120 155
HUMULIN 70-30 68 63 120 229
TRICOR 68 63 120 94
PREMARIN 67 67 R 123 132
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 60 124 103
CILOSTAZOL 65 45 125 183
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 64 61 126 73
SEROQUEL 63 55 127 193
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 63 53 R 127 328
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 61 60 129 212
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 51 S2 129 120
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 44 131 87
GLIPIZIDE XL 58 49 132 181
AMOXICILLIN 57 51 133 113
NITROFURANTOIN 54 42 134 233
VENTOLIN HFA 54 35 134 101
SYMBICORT 53 48 136 117
BUPROPION XL 53 16 136 207
KLOR-CON 10 52 51 138 148
CARISOPRODOL 51 13 R 139 146
HUMALOG 50 50 140 213
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 50 32 R 140 197
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 Aug. 5, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.