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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,266Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 172 out of 682

$867K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 133 out of 682

663 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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

3% of this provider’s 663 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 663 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 11,325 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 754 685 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 578 497 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 485 366 S3 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 418 383 4 6
LISINOPRIL 325 270 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 315 267 6 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 311 228 7 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 300 261 8 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 221 185 9 11
METFORMIN HCL 215 191 10 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 201 189 11 17
GABAPENTIN 190 121 12 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 185 152 13 34
LOVASTATIN 184 178 14 66
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 178 156 15 16
ATENOLOL 175 174 16 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 174 158 17 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 129 18 56
WARFARIN SODIUM 165 149 19 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 142 138 20 77
OMEPRAZOLE 142 126 20 5
ALLOPURINOL 141 130 22 32
SPIRONOLACTONE 129 113 23 64
CRESTOR 114 98 24 22
SYNTHROID 108 105 25 59
BENAZEPRIL HCL 108 88 25 89
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 92 27 12
IRBESARTAN 103 99 28 234
AMOXICILLIN 102 83 29 113
ALPRAZOLAM 100 84 30 90
MELOXICAM 100 95 30 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 97 97 32 30
NEXIUM 97 85 32 19
TRAMADOL HCL 95 86 34 26
CELEBREX 95 79 34 80
CYMBALTA 92 52 36 51
GLIMEPIRIDE 91 88 37 43
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 85 31 R 38 65
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 85 81 38 31
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 68 40 60
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81 67 41 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 75 41 33
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 78 58 R 43 177
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 77 76 44 57
CLOPIDOGREL 77 56 44 25
AVAPRO 73 72 46 359
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 71 66 47 37
PROPRANOLOL HCL 68 64 48 141
LIPITOR 67 63 49 92
PLAVIX 66 51 50 35
LEVOFLOXACIN 65 63 51 70
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 63 48 52 127
NAMENDA 63 63 52 41
AZITHROMYCIN 60 48 54 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 48 55 36
PAROXETINE HCL 56 56 56 53
EVISTA 56 53 56 135
ZETIA 55 55 58 69
IBUPROFEN 54 39 59 79
LANTUS 52 27 60 55
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 52 44 60 174
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 47 60 44
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 25, 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.