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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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31,956Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 682

$1.93M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 682

624 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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
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this specialty
in Kentucky
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 624 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 624 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 21,397 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% 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

51 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,217 736 1 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 989 637 S3 2 1
LISINOPRIL 859 542 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 833 620 4 3
GABAPENTIN 829 462 5 9
FUROSEMIDE 786 572 6 7
SIMVASTATIN 705 449 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 615 336 8 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 613 497 9 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 594 474 10 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 520 369 11 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 506 412 12 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 485 377 13 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 454 286 14 11
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 428 241 15 111
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 406 318 16 15
RANITIDINE HCL 365 277 17 28
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 329 267 18 44
CARVEDILOL 328 222 19 23
NEXIUM 321 178 20 19
CLOPIDOGREL 310 218 21 25
CRESTOR 306 196 22 22
NAMENDA 299 299 23 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 299 273 23 30
MIRTAZAPINE 289 247 25 52
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 269 251 26 156
MELOXICAM 259 199 27 27
SERTRALINE HCL 259 183 27 24
LACTULOSE 258 206 29 100
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 247 145 30 31
PREDNISONE 235 187 31 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 232 188 32 33
SPIRIVA 230 133 33 49
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 223 149 34 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 216 109 35 47
GLIPIZIDE 211 162 36 61
PLAVIX 207 147 37 35
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 201 101 38 34
TIZANIDINE HCL 196 116 39 83
SPIRONOLACTONE 194 120 40 64
LYRICA 187 105 41 78
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 131 41 12
DIGOXIN 186 147 43 46
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 184 184 44 212
INSULIN SYRINGE 182 84 45 75
ATENOLOL 181 119 46 18
TRAMADOL HCL 181 82 46 26
PAROXETINE HCL 179 110 48 53
LEVOFLOXACIN 174 135 49 70
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 170 101 50 16
PHENYTOIN 168 103 10 51 265
PROMETHAZINE HCL 168 108 R 51 54
TRAZODONE HCL 167 122 53 38
LIPITOR 163 97 54 92
SINGULAIR 158 111 55 63
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 149 137 56 87
RIVASTIGMINE 149 148 56 295
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 147 91 58 29
FENOFIBRATE 141 61 59 76
LEVEMIR 140 86 60 185
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 138 104 61 21
CLONIDINE HCL 138 101 61 48
NIFEDIPINE ER 130 106 63 144
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 130 90 63 149
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 129 76 65 110
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 128 117 66 121
NOVOLIN R 123 74 67 167
SYMBICORT 122 69 68 117
NOVOLIN 70-30 119 69 69 189
ALLOPURINOL 116 75 70 32
COMBIVENT 113 39 71 105
RANEXA 112 73 72 223
CELEBREX 112 70 72 80
METHOCARBAMOL 112 18 R 72 163
FLUOXETINE HCL 110 21 75 60
ROPINIROLE HCL 110 53 75 71
TRICOR 109 69 77 94
IBUPROFEN 109 50 77 79
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 107 51 79 103
RISPERIDONE 103 73 80 82
ZETIA 102 57 81 69
FAMOTIDINE 99 90 82 99
PROAIR HFA 97 23 83 45
JANUVIA 97 78 83 62
EXELON 95 67 85 104
CYMBALTA 94 40 86 51
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 91 69 87 58
ENABLEX 89 51 88 274
MEGESTROL ACETATE 87 69 R 89 165
LANTUS 87 22 89 55
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 83 67 91 112
VENTOLIN HFA 82 14 92 101
AMIODARONE HCL 82 70 92 170
KLOR-CON 10 81 52 94 148
BUDESONIDE 80 69 95 296
BUMETANIDE 80 59 95 115
DIOVAN HCT 79 67 97 109
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 78 45 98 173
SOTALOL 78 70 98 218
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 50 100 36
DIOVAN 76 66 100 42
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 76 71 S3 100 126
NIASPAN 76 36 100 133
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 75 36 104 91
HYDRALAZINE HCL 75 51 104 74
DILTIAZEM HCL 74 69 106 217
GLIPIZIDE XL 74 49 106 181
PEN NEEDLE 74 54 106 159
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 71 43 109 137
DILTIAZEM ER 70 0 110 136
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 60 111 37
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 69 44 111 162
SODIUM CHLORIDE 68 57 113 209
HYDROXYZINE HCL 68 26 R 113 187
BENAZEPRIL HCL 68 34 113 89
BACLOFEN 66 0 116 130
GLYBURIDE 66 34 R 116 72
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 64 52 S2 118 120
GEMFIBROZIL 61 26 119 122
KLOR-CON M20 61 38 119 67
SEROQUEL 61 53 119 193
VENLAFAXINE HCL 60 43 122 225
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 59 46 123 246
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 47 124 114
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 58 20 124 190
NAPROXEN 58 26 124 97
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 58 55 124 139
RAMIPRIL 56 56 128 81
AGGRENOX 56 43 128 255
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 55 31 130 140
METRONIDAZOLE 55 42 130 254
BUPROPION HCL SR 54 12 132 198
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 40 133 123
LEVETIRACETAM 52 42 133 125
LOVAZA 51 24 135 106
ONDANSETRON HCL 51 48 135 195
PRIMIDONE 51 43 135 228
NOVOLOG 50 40 138 129
HUMULIN 70-30 50 22 138 229
PROPRANOLOL HCL 50 42 138 141
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 50 46 138 203
CILOSTAZOL 50 48 138 183
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 Dec. 9, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.