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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,150Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 430 out of 682

$335K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 403 out of 682

414 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 414 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 4,689 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 386 378 1 11
SIMVASTATIN 259 236 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 199 184 3 5
CRESTOR 186 177 4 22
ATENOLOL 165 147 5 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 150 136 6 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 149 139 7 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 139 129 8 20
METFORMIN HCL 130 99 9 8
SERTRALINE HCL 115 111 10 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 108 11 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 110 105 12 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 108 98 13 43
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 105 99 14 236
LISINOPRIL 103 81 15 2
QUINAPRIL HCL 103 92 15 138
LIPITOR 97 94 17 92
FUROSEMIDE 91 85 18 7
SYNTHROID 86 86 19 59
TRICOR 85 78 20 94
NEXIUM 83 71 21 19
GABAPENTIN 78 74 22 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 72 23 33
DIOVAN 66 66 24 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 60 57 25 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 58 49 26 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 57 55 27 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 51 28 37
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 50 48 29 57
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. 14, 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.