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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,292Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 422 out of 682

$323K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 416 out of 682

464 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

8% of this provider’s 464 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 3,974 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

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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
LISINOPRIL 217 160 1 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 193 149 2 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 135 101 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 134 95 4 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 122 115 5 13
METFORMIN HCL 122 94 5 8
SIMVASTATIN 118 90 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 114 87 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 106 90 9 6
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 104 79 10 31
ATENOLOL 100 58 11 18
OMEPRAZOLE 100 75 11 5
CARVEDILOL 94 77 13 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 88 70 14 11
ALLOPURINOL 80 72 15 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 79 64 16 29
CLOPIDOGREL 77 63 17 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 57 S3 18 1
MELOXICAM 76 64 18 27
CLONAZEPAM 75 43 20 194
PLAVIX 75 66 20 35
RANEXA 66 42 22 223
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 63 56 23 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 61 24 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 57 17 25 21
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 52 26 57
LOVASTATIN 53 45 27 66
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 44 28 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 43 29 37
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 April 9, 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.