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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,691Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 466 out of 1107

$364K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 532 out of 1107

327 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 327 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,961 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 408 358 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 404 312 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 332 278 3 3
METFORMIN HCL 246 208 4 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 237 151 S3 5 1
LISINOPRIL 232 173 6 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 211 173 7 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194 140 8 11
OMEPRAZOLE 188 122 9 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 173 145 10 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 165 120 11 16
SERTRALINE HCL 155 141 12 20
CRESTOR 138 88 13 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 109 14 24
FUROSEMIDE 132 112 15 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 122 109 16 29
MELOXICAM 115 77 17 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 107 87 18 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 95 75 19 17
ATENOLOL 85 79 20 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 80 70 21 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77 43 22 30
TRAMADOL HCL 69 58 23 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 68 63 24 15
MIRTAZAPINE 66 48 25 61
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 64 51 26 117
CLONIDINE HCL 64 45 26 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 48 28 77
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 58 48 29 10
PROAIR HFA 57 42 30 37
NEXIUM 55 38 31 18
ALLOPURINOL 55 43 31 36
FENOFIBRATE 54 53 33 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54 50 33 34
CYMBALTA 53 41 35 50
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 Feb. 13, 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.