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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,753Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 682

$1.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 682

715 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

6% of this provider’s 715 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 715 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 15,773 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

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 1,425 749 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 862 647 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 783 495 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 680 509 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 531 422 5 4
LISINOPRIL 526 369 6 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 510 405 7 13
METFORMIN HCL 500 311 8 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 479 312 9 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 435 282 10 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 432 314 11 10
CARVEDILOL 385 201 12 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 370 303 13 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 367 304 14 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 343 231 15 14
GABAPENTIN 334 106 16 9
AZITHROMYCIN 316 211 17 39
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 264 121 18 34
ALLOPURINOL 257 195 19 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 251 178 20 16
NEXIUM 238 91 21 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 231 164 22 11
MELOXICAM 227 128 23 27
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 224 161 24 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 212 154 25 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 199 147 26 29
CRESTOR 195 126 27 22
BUTORPHANOL TARTRATE 192 0 10 28 311
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 190 91 R 29 50
JANUVIA 186 135 30 62
HYDRALAZINE HCL 185 157 31 74
CLOPIDOGREL 185 124 31 25
LEVOFLOXACIN 183 136 33 70
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 181 141 34 37
PREDNISONE 179 125 35 40
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 177 149 36 96
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 175 140 37 20
PROMETHAZINE HCL 173 47 R 38 54
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 166 143 39 114
SPIRIVA 163 113 40 49
PROAIR HFA 152 100 41 45
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 144 52 R 42 65
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 136 80 43 21
OXYCODONE HCL 132 44 S2 44 93
ATENOLOL 130 110 45 18
DIOVAN 128 105 46 42
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 128 94 46 103
DIGOXIN 126 97 48 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123 87 49 33
SYMBICORT 121 65 50 117
LANTUS 120 83 51 55
NAMENDA 119 119 52 41
PLAVIX 112 60 53 35
NYSTATIN 112 93 53 95
DONEPEZIL HCL 108 108 55 30
TRAZODONE HCL 106 63 56 38
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 104 75 57 91
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 102 90 58 73
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 102 81 S2 58 120
SINGULAIR 102 72 58 63
SYNTHROID 100 85 61 59
FENOFIBRATE 96 61 62 76
METFORMIN HCL ER 93 70 63 68
ROPINIROLE HCL 93 61 63 71
CLONIDINE HCL 92 71 65 48
CYMBALTA 90 46 66 51
TRILIPIX 90 32 66 192
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 88 59 68 112
NOVOLOG 86 52 69 129
KLOR-CON M20 84 56 70 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 58 71 31
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 83 83 71 156
RANITIDINE HCL 80 53 73 28
MIRTAZAPINE 79 42 74 52
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 79 45 74 149
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 76 63 76 111
SERTRALINE HCL 76 52 76 24
TIZANIDINE HCL 75 20 78 83
TRAMADOL HCL 75 58 78 26
FINASTERIDE 74 66 80 131
INSULIN SYRINGE 74 37 80 75
DILTIAZEM HCL 68 53 82 217
FLUCONAZOLE 65 44 83 154
MECLIZINE HCL 65 54 83 124
LYRICA 64 19 85 78
LANSOPRAZOLE 64 52 85 85
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 62 50 87 87
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 54 87 58
PEN NEEDLE 61 45 89 159
RAMIPRIL 60 51 90 81
BUPROPION HCL SR 60 42 90 198
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 43 S2 90 98
GLIPIZIDE 59 33 93 61
PAROXETINE HCL 58 35 94 53
EXELON 58 58 94 104
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 57 50 96 162
HUMALOG 57 48 96 213
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 50 98 64
NIASPAN 56 22 98 133
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 28 98 60
LIDODERM 55 41 101 134
TRICOR 55 40 101 94
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 53 29 103 188
DILTIAZEM ER 51 41 104 136
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 Jan. 10, 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.