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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,372Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 121 out of 682

$861K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 136 out of 682

460 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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

5% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 9,473 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 970 509 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 594 326 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 589 336 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 533 331 4 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 531 388 5 10
METFORMIN HCL 507 219 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 391 319 7 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 380 215 8 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 298 213 9 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 293 185 10 11
GABAPENTIN 238 79 11 9
RANITIDINE HCL 234 125 12 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 232 148 13 20
ATENOLOL 219 172 14 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 157 15 34
NEXIUM 210 92 16 19
SERTRALINE HCL 209 117 17 24
FENOFIBRATE 203 91 18 76
CRESTOR 187 47 19 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 184 151 S3 20 1
FUROSEMIDE 179 111 21 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 176 119 22 13
SPIRIVA 174 107 23 49
GLIPIZIDE 167 84 24 61
CITALOPRAM HBR 151 81 25 17
LIPITOR 148 90 26 92
CARVEDILOL 143 98 27 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 130 118 28 37
FLUOXETINE HCL 128 38 29 60
DIGOXIN 123 70 30 46
VENTOLIN HFA 120 66 31 101
CLONIDINE HCL 118 79 32 48
CLOPIDOGREL 110 64 33 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108 45 34 36
LANTUS 108 33 34 55
TRAZODONE HCL 105 46 36 38
PAROXETINE HCL 99 66 37 53
GLYBURIDE 98 77 R 38 72
DIOVAN 98 88 38 42
TRICOR 97 47 40 94
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 95 46 R 41 50
SYMBICORT 94 54 42 117
ROPINIROLE HCL 92 20 43 71
PROAIR HFA 90 42 44 45
PREDNISONE 89 56 45 40
NASONEX 83 62 46 199
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 29 47 47
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 79 36 48 242
IBUPROFEN 78 47 49 79
GEMFIBROZIL 77 48 50 122
JANUVIA 76 38 51 62
TIZANIDINE HCL 74 50 52 83
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 71 41 53 16
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 71 47 53 153
INSULIN SYRINGE 70 21 55 75
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 69 0 R 56 172
LORATADINE 67 21 57 256
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 41 57 29
BUSPIRONE HCL 67 50 57 102
NAPROXEN 66 31 60 97
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 66 29 R 60 65
MELOXICAM 66 27 60 27
PLAVIX 65 46 63 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 41 64 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 16 65 64
CELEBREX 61 44 66 80
DILTIAZEM ER 61 56 66 136
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 47 68 87
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 60 26 68 14
GLIPIZIDE XL 59 39 70 181
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 0 71 68
CYMBALTA 57 39 72 51
AZITHROMYCIN 57 38 72 39
MIRTAZAPINE 57 45 72 52
LEVETIRACETAM 55 24 75 125
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 53 31 76 119
DETROL LA 53 31 76 226
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 26 78 33
SINGULAIR 51 22 79 63
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 22 R 79 54
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 June 11, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.