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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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37,199Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 682

$2.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 682

1,168 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

7% of this provider’s 1,168 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

38% of this provider’s 1,168 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 22,731 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 2,817 1,403 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,708 1,056 2 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,468 893 3 15
FUROSEMIDE 970 667 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 930 633 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 828 497 6 5
SIMVASTATIN 807 582 7 4
GABAPENTIN 701 338 8 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 680 351 9 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 650 446 10 6
METFORMIN HCL 619 297 11 8
METFORMIN HCL ER 567 337 12 68
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 528 349 13 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 523 292 14 43
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 491 304 15 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 483 382 16 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 483 312 16 17
NEXIUM 459 257 18 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 446 297 19 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 435 300 20 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 425 306 21 13
ATENOLOL 416 286 22 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 404 167 23 60
CRESTOR 379 240 24 22
JANUVIA 348 217 25 62
CLOPIDOGREL 337 200 26 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 334 187 27 20
TRAMADOL HCL 332 196 28 26
SERTRALINE HCL 327 208 29 24
PAROXETINE HCL 326 201 30 53
RANITIDINE HCL 318 194 31 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 276 176 32 47
PROAIR HFA 266 156 33 45
SPIRIVA 261 189 34 49
PREDNISONE 249 188 35 40
AZITHROMYCIN 243 152 36 39
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 240 167 37 34
NIASPAN 237 83 38 133
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 225 102 R 39 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 225 170 39 33
PLAVIX 218 158 41 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 217 201 42 30
ROPINIROLE HCL 216 113 43 71
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 211 145 44 190
CYMBALTA 196 78 45 51
CARVEDILOL 193 97 46 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 189 110 47 16
NAPROXEN 184 120 48 97
BUSPIRONE HCL 178 55 49 102
INSULIN SYRINGE 174 82 50 75
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 174 82 50 73
TIZANIDINE HCL 173 73 52 83
DIGOXIN 172 143 53 46
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 170 135 54 96
MELOXICAM 167 90 55 27
LANTUS 164 110 56 55
LYRICA 164 78 56 78
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 163 83 58 91
TOPIRAMATE 161 46 59 150
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 160 103 60 103
SPIRONOLACTONE 149 101 61 64
KLOR-CON M20 148 133 62 67
BENICAR 147 145 63 202
PROMETHAZINE HCL 144 75 R 64 54
ZETIA 139 119 65 69
LANSOPRAZOLE 139 84 65 85
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 134 59 67 119
SINGULAIR 131 109 68 63
ABILIFY 129 48 69 179
CEFUROXIME 128 88 70 164
ALPRAZOLAM 127 71 71 90
RISPERIDONE 120 60 72 82
AMOXICILLIN 117 68 73 113
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 113 90 74 31
ALLOPURINOL 109 71 75 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 108 24 76 87
LEVOFLOXACIN 107 82 77 70
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 107 72 77 37
TRAZODONE HCL 105 16 79 38
NAMENDA 101 101 80 41
TRICOR 99 73 81 94
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 99 67 81 57
NITROFURANTOIN 98 85 83 233
CLONIDINE HCL 94 84 84 48
ONDANSETRON HCL 93 40 85 195
GLYBURIDE 93 74 R 85 72
GLIPIZIDE 92 66 87 61
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 91 72 88 112
MIRTAZAPINE 88 55 89 52
DICYCLOMINE HCL 88 56 89 214
DILTIAZEM HCL 86 59 91 217
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 83 72 92 44
VERAPAMIL ER 82 78 93 116
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 82 44 93 140
IBUPROFEN 80 41 95 79
PREMARIN 80 53 R 95 132
BUPROPION XL 80 14 95 207
SYNTHROID 79 56 98 59
OXYCONTIN 78 0 S2 99 178
PROPRANOLOL HCL 73 34 100 141
CELEBREX 72 54 101 80
DETROL LA 72 55 101 226
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 30 S2 101 98
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 32 104 36
RAMIPRIL 71 62 104 81
VICTOZA 3-PAK 70 55 106 337
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 69 40 107 77
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 68 45 108 110
METHOCARBAMOL 67 38 R 109 163
VENTOLIN HFA 65 25 110 101
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 64 55 111 153
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 64 44 111 246
VYTORIN 61 27 113 145
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 58 113 89
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 61 54 113 176
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 14 R 116 65
FENTANYL 59 30 S2 117 86
SYMBICORT 59 44 117 117
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 24 117 149
LOVAZA 56 39 120 106
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 23 120 173
HUMALOG 56 44 120 213
CARISOPRODOL 55 16 R 123 146
PRIMIDONE 55 40 123 228
ACTONEL 54 48 125 281
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 40 125 58
FLUCONAZOLE 54 38 125 154
MEGESTROL ACETATE 53 44 R 128 165
LIPITOR 52 34 129 92
PEN NEEDLE 52 22 129 159
AVELOX 50 36 131 314
DIOVAN 50 38 131 42
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 Nov. 15, 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.