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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,108Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 682

$1.76M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 682

841 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

2% of this provider’s 841 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 841 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 24,549 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,163 880 1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,125 907 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 1,040 799 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 1,004 843 4 7
LISINOPRIL 875 614 5 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 857 686 6 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 607 457 7 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 590 471 8 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 573 472 9 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 550 441 S3 10 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 500 378 11 16
MELOXICAM 470 377 12 27
GABAPENTIN 441 328 13 9
METFORMIN HCL 435 320 14 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 388 289 15 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 380 306 16 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 356 294 17 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 338 263 18 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 325 199 19 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 317 241 20 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 306 255 21 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 296 242 22 15
CLOPIDOGREL 295 269 23 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 285 198 24 36
TRAZODONE HCL 284 191 25 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 283 235 26 33
LANTUS 273 160 27 55
CARVEDILOL 262 221 28 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 260 212 29 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 257 257 30 30
TRAMADOL HCL 255 238 31 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 247 201 32 21
ATENOLOL 239 176 33 18
SPIRIVA 238 160 34 49
BACLOFEN 237 151 35 130
SERTRALINE HCL 234 149 36 24
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 233 211 37 107
NAMENDA 229 227 38 41
NEXIUM 219 176 39 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 216 149 40 77
LOVAZA 209 140 41 106
PLAVIX 209 189 41 35
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 202 182 43 44
CRESTOR 197 146 44 22
AZITHROMYCIN 184 154 45 39
ALLOPURINOL 184 162 45 32
BUSPIRONE HCL 182 130 47 102
FAMOTIDINE 178 114 48 99
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 176 141 49 127
CYMBALTA 175 102 50 51
PREDNISONE 174 125 51 40
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 174 138 51 58
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 173 122 53 56
KLOR-CON M20 167 124 54 67
CEFDINIR 165 124 55 157
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 159 105 56 114
FENOFIBRATE 153 125 57 76
NIASPAN 151 74 58 133
CELEBREX 148 118 59 80
EVISTA 148 120 59 135
LEVOFLOXACIN 146 102 61 70
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 138 90 62 73
NISOLDIPINE 134 121 10 63 315
RISPERIDONE 130 62 64 82
TRICOR 125 74 65 94
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 123 73 66 103
INSULIN SYRINGE 121 83 67 75
PROMETHAZINE HCL 117 65 R 68 54
DIGOXIN 114 108 69 46
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 114 84 69 252
CLONIDINE HCL 113 73 71 48
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 109 57 72 153
SINGULAIR 108 66 73 63
MECLIZINE HCL 107 100 74 124
HYDROXYZINE HCL 106 47 R 75 187
SPIRONOLACTONE 106 92 75 64
PAROXETINE HCL 106 101 75 53
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 104 100 78 96
TRILIPIX 104 75 78 192
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 102 58 80 180
LOVASTATIN 102 94 80 66
BENAZEPRIL HCL 102 82 80 89
PROAIR HFA 102 63 80 45
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 101 55 R 84 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 54 85 47
MIRTAZAPINE 99 79 86 52
FLUOXETINE HCL 99 45 86 60
ROPINIROLE HCL 99 81 86 71
GLYBURIDE 98 78 R 89 72
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 96 92 90 91
LIPITOR 96 88 90 92
DIOVAN 92 82 92 42
GLIPIZIDE ER 89 73 93 108
NOVOLOG 88 39 94 129
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 88 63 94 110
GLIPIZIDE 86 60 96 61
NAPROXEN 86 50 96 97
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 83 83 98 123
LYRICA 83 63 98 78
NYSTATIN 82 53 100 95
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 78 78 101 121
EXFORGE 75 63 102 237
BUMETANIDE 75 68 102 115
LEVEMIR 73 47 104 185
BYSTOLIC 72 66 105 118
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 71 68 106 87
SULINDAC 71 62 106 264
FINASTERIDE 71 52 106 131
SYMBICORT 68 30 109 117
AVODART 68 68 109 211
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 67 39 111 196
RANITIDINE HCL 67 33 111 28
TIZANIDINE HCL 67 28 111 83
PROMETHAZINE VC 67 51 R 111 359
ESTRADIOL 66 28 R 115 152
MEGESTROL ACETATE 66 48 R 115 165
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 47 117 149
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 37 118 140
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 60 51 118 137
FELODIPINE ER 59 58 120 191
FLUCONAZOLE 59 40 120 154
METOLAZONE 58 36 122 229
EXELON 58 58 122 104
SUCRALFATE 58 53 122 160
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58 33 122 112
HYDRALAZINE HCL 57 43 126 74
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 57 47 126 309
CEPHALEXIN 56 42 128 128
RAMIPRIL 56 49 128 81
LEVETIRACETAM 55 42 130 125
ZETIA 55 43 130 69
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 55 39 130 84
NIFEDIPINE ER 53 33 133 144
TERAZOSIN HCL 51 45 134 171
IBUPROFEN 51 32 134 79
PEN NEEDLE 51 30 134 159
DILTIAZEM ER 51 51 134 136
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 51 39 S3 134 126
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 31, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.