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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,324Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 62 out of 682

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 64 out of 682

507 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

8% of this provider’s 507 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

39% of this provider’s 507 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 16,245 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

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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 1,111 785 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 688 592 2 7
LISINOPRIL 674 448 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 601 470 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 538 380 5 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 466 377 6 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 440 349 7 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 386 359 8 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 292 237 9 6
GABAPENTIN 290 186 10 9
METFORMIN HCL 289 226 11 8
NEXIUM 282 201 12 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 276 204 13 12
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 269 205 14 58
CLOPIDOGREL 260 202 15 25
NAMENDA 253 253 16 41
PREDNISONE 238 172 17 40
CARVEDILOL 231 196 18 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 230 165 19 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 230 179 19 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 216 153 21 13
AZITHROMYCIN 213 136 22 39
CRESTOR 212 159 23 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 204 160 24 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 191 141 25 21
IBUPROFEN 190 102 26 79
RANITIDINE HCL 187 130 27 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 170 119 28 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 170 170 28 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 170 150 28 16
PLAVIX 165 137 31 35
NOVOLIN R 159 143 32 167
EXELON 155 135 33 104
SUCRALFATE 153 132 34 160
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 149 109 35 84
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 146 136 36 31
MIRTAZAPINE 143 102 37 52
ALPRAZOLAM 143 107 37 90
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 136 124 39 139
NYSTATIN 132 125 40 95
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 96 41 34
CEPHALEXIN 127 97 42 128
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 122 105 43 20
GLYBURIDE 121 98 R 44 72
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 116 110 45 44
LACTULOSE 115 87 46 100
RAMIPRIL 114 97 47 81
PAROXETINE HCL 108 54 48 53
SPIRIVA 108 78 48 49
GLIPIZIDE 105 68 50 61
DIOVAN 103 71 51 42
ALLOPURINOL 103 98 51 32
LOVAZA 103 80 51 106
SERTRALINE HCL 99 64 54 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 97 63 55 15
FENTANYL 96 66 S2 56 86
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95 68 57 29
TRAZODONE HCL 95 83 57 38
PROMETHAZINE HCL 93 79 R 59 54
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 93 54 R 59 50
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 91 72 61 110
PREMARIN 91 77 R 61 132
TRAMADOL HCL 91 62 61 26
NAPROXEN 90 69 64 97
MUPIROCIN 89 80 65 166
DIGOXIN 86 81 66 46
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 86 71 66 73
LEVOFLOXACIN 86 67 66 70
RISPERIDONE 84 56 69 82
LANTUS 84 72 69 55
FAMOTIDINE 82 64 71 99
SUBOXONE 82 0 71 169
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 82 72 71 111
CARBAMAZEPINE 82 28 71 251
TIZANIDINE HCL 79 49 75 83
BUSPIRONE HCL 75 52 76 102
LANSOPRAZOLE 73 66 77 85
CYMBALTA 73 62 77 51
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 72 53 79 153
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 66 80 36
BENAZEPRIL HCL 69 33 81 89
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 49 82 91
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 49 83 71
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 66 47 84 123
GEMFIBROZIL 66 44 84 122
LYRICA 65 48 86 78
JANUVIA 64 37 87 62
AVODART 63 48 88 211
MELOXICAM 61 41 89 27
LEVETIRACETAM 59 25 90 125
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 48 91 47
CLONIDINE HCL 57 51 91 48
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 41 91 87
SINGULAIR 54 34 94 63
HYDRALAZINE HCL 53 53 95 74
ATENOLOL 53 51 95 18
DIOVAN HCT 53 44 95 109
VENTOLIN HFA 52 38 98 101
CILOSTAZOL 51 32 99 183
VENLAFAXINE HCL 50 29 100 225
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 50 38 100 176
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 March 22, 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.