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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,746Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 682

$1.57M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 682

711 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
50%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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

11% of this provider’s 711 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

47% of this provider’s 711 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 16,544 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

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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 2,670 1,412 S3 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 944 424 2 8
FUROSEMIDE 917 573 3 7
LISINOPRIL 845 453 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 728 335 5 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 654 420 6 10
RANITIDINE HCL 579 438 7 28
SIMVASTATIN 550 319 8 4
CRESTOR 516 247 9 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 491 375 10 3
TRAMADOL HCL 429 230 11 26
GABAPENTIN 426 192 12 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 423 203 13 12
ATENOLOL 409 182 14 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 405 217 15 11
COMBIVENT 401 178 16 105
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 386 226 17 6
ADVAIR DISKUS 371 198 18 47
CITALOPRAM HBR 361 173 19 17
CLOPIDOGREL 352 216 20 25
NEXIUM 322 145 21 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 316 166 22 16
PLAVIX 307 204 23 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 301 142 24 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 289 167 25 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 284 179 26 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 283 191 27 33
CARVEDILOL 278 207 28 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 242 107 29 13
TRICOR 225 90 30 94
PROMETHAZINE HCL 221 139 R 31 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 213 99 32 21
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 199 91 33 107
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 196 67 R 34 65
PAROXETINE HCL 193 119 35 53
ACTOS 186 112 36 151
PROAIR HFA 178 103 37 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 178 102 37 15
CLONIDINE HCL 173 101 39 48
TRAZODONE HCL 173 108 39 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 170 122 41 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 166 166 42 30
GEMFIBROZIL 166 85 42 122
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 163 101 44 58
SERTRALINE HCL 152 84 45 24
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 151 79 46 127
SPIRONOLACTONE 148 61 47 64
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 140 96 48 73
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 140 106 48 96
CEFACLOR 139 75 10 50 353
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 72 50 56
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 137 93 52 111
LANSOPRAZOLE 134 69 53 85
ENDOCET 132 59 S2 54 88
RISPERIDONE 128 118 55 82
GLIPIZIDE 126 57 56 61
IBUPROFEN 124 74 57 79
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 124 63 57 203
INSULIN SYRINGE 121 28 59 75
FENTANYL 121 72 S2 59 86
MIRTAZAPINE 118 89 61 52
MELOXICAM 118 50 61 27
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 118 44 R 61 50
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 117 25 64 220
LEVOFLOXACIN 116 84 65 70
VENTOLIN HFA 114 32 66 101
SINGULAIR 113 48 67 63
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 112 24 S2 68 98
DIGOXIN 112 76 68 46
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 111 35 70 140
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 109 64 71 216
SPIRIVA 106 43 72 49
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 105 17 S3 73 126
LIPITOR 103 69 74 92
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 103 61 74 162
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 99 90 S2 76 120
FINASTERIDE 98 75 77 131
NAPROXEN 97 49 78 97
RAMIPRIL 95 39 79 81
NATEGLINIDE 95 46 79 308
ZETIA 92 78 81 69
GLIMEPIRIDE 91 28 82 43
EVISTA 90 87 83 135
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 31 83 36
KLOR-CON M20 88 48 85 67
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 86 34 86 91
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 86 54 86 123
ALLOPURINOL 83 40 88 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 81 45 89 77
LANTUS 81 41 89 55
LEXAPRO 81 50 89 222
NIFEDIPINE ER 81 70 89 144
DIOVAN 80 37 93 42
CYMBALTA 80 25 93 51
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 80 69 93 153
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 77 38 96 149
FENOFIBRATE 76 36 97 76
ALPRAZOLAM 75 51 98 90
NOVOLIN 70-30 74 38 99 189
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 38 99 34
AZITHROMYCIN 74 38 99 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 44 102 60
LYRICA 73 18 102 78
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 73 16 102 268
PRANDIN 72 25 105 411
DILTIAZEM ER 69 59 106 136
NAMENDA 69 68 106 41
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69 59 106 44
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 68 33 R 109 285
PREDNISONE 68 31 109 40
JANUVIA 65 41 111 62
GLYBURIDE 62 24 R 112 72
CELEBREX 60 41 113 80
SUCRALFATE 60 39 113 160
DOXEPIN HCL 59 45 115 205
DIOVAN HCT 59 39 115 109
NITROSTAT 58 18 117 161
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 58 39 117 57
SYMBICORT 58 53 117 117
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 21 120 121
AMIODARONE HCL 54 47 120 170
CEPHALEXIN 54 36 120 128
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 53 17 123 174
HUMULIN 70-30 53 31 123 229
TIZANIDINE HCL 53 26 123 83
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 53 12 123 275
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 36 123 37
CILOSTAZOL 53 47 123 183
VERAPAMIL ER 51 35 129 116
TAZTIA XT 51 28 129 350
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51 12 129 112
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 July 22, 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.