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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,172Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 33 out of 682

$1.79M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 682

530 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57%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

8% of this provider’s 530 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 530 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 14,539 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

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 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 909 551 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 907 528 S3 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 715 459 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 679 451 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 614 336 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 589 380 6 6
SIMVASTATIN 454 240 7 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 437 234 8 17
GABAPENTIN 387 205 9 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 372 221 10 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 336 159 11 12
TRAZODONE HCL 330 117 12 38
METFORMIN HCL 315 99 13 8
SERTRALINE HCL 307 133 14 24
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 307 130 14 44
CARVEDILOL 304 173 16 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 304 232 16 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 301 209 18 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 254 192 19 13
CRESTOR 252 134 20 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 249 214 21 30
NEXIUM 236 120 22 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 234 176 23 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 229 102 24 33
RISPERIDONE 227 107 25 82
TRAMADOL HCL 213 125 26 26
PREDNISONE 203 119 27 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 200 57 28 36
MELOXICAM 197 106 29 27
PROAIR HFA 196 46 30 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 193 149 31 16
OLANZAPINE 190 26 32 168
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 187 74 33 87
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 186 93 34 21
CLOZAPINE 178 0 35 292
FENOFIBRATE 175 45 36 76
MIRTAZAPINE 173 163 37 52
ZETIA 168 119 38 69
BUSPIRONE HCL 166 81 39 102
NAPROXEN 166 64 39 97
GLIMEPIRIDE 166 86 39 43
PROMETHAZINE HCL 164 56 R 42 54
LEVETIRACETAM 161 102 43 125
IBUPROFEN 158 56 44 79
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 158 25 R 44 197
NAMENDA 157 157 46 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 153 128 47 20
CLOPIDOGREL 148 102 48 25
DIOVAN 145 75 49 42
CYMBALTA 142 56 50 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 140 41 51 47
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 140 30 51 221
LANTUS 135 91 53 55
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 134 51 54 84
ROPINIROLE HCL 132 74 55 71
INSULIN SYRINGE 129 97 56 75
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 123 78 S3 57 126
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 122 88 58 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 121 89 59 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 75 60 34
SPIRIVA 115 46 61 49
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 115 50 61 15
ETODOLAC 113 60 63 244
PLAVIX 112 79 64 35
CELEBREX 107 57 65 80
RANITIDINE HCL 106 61 66 28
BACLOFEN 105 69 67 130
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 102 75 68 58
RISPERDAL CONSTA 100 26 69 279
ATENOLOL 100 59 69 18
SINGULAIR 99 55 71 63
AZITHROMYCIN 97 56 72 39
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 95 63 73 119
LYRICA 93 14 74 78
TRILIPIX 93 33 74 192
NASONEX 90 33 76 199
HALOPERIDOL 89 0 77 238
DIGOXIN 89 86 77 46
TOPIRAMATE 88 25 79 150
FAMOTIDINE 88 78 79 99
OXYCONTIN 87 41 S2 81 178
PAROXETINE HCL 87 57 81 53
HYDROXYZINE HCL 87 28 R 81 187
PROPRANOLOL HCL 87 44 81 141
HYDRALAZINE HCL 86 62 85 74
JANUVIA 83 54 86 62
NOVOLIN R 82 74 87 167
NYSTATIN 81 55 88 95
ALLOPURINOL 81 51 88 32
SEROQUEL XR 80 38 90 257
TRICOR 78 38 91 94
LEVOFLOXACIN 78 58 91 70
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 66 91 56
ABILIFY 76 24 94 179
FLUOXETINE HCL 76 33 94 60
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 74 31 96 111
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 73 20 S2 97 143
BUPROPION XL 72 26 98 207
EXELON 72 69 98 104
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 70 41 100 196
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 42 101 73
LOVASTATIN 68 20 101 66
KLOR-CON M20 68 29 101 67
ESTRADIOL 67 15 R 104 152
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 0 S2 105 98
LAMOTRIGINE 66 32 105 210
AMOXICILLIN 66 40 105 113
LEVEMIR 65 55 108 185
VENTOLIN HFA 65 18 108 101
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 41 108 103
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65 38 R 108 50
SEROQUEL 65 21 108 193
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 65 33 108 188
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 38 114 112
VESICARE 64 42 114 240
LIPITOR 63 31 116 92
FINASTERIDE 63 60 116 131
ACTOS 62 48 118 151
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61 41 119 149
DEXILANT 61 49 119 201
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 31 121 114
SUCRALFATE 55 17 122 160
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 55 55 122 139
LORATADINE 54 25 124 256
AVODART 54 26 124 211
SYMBICORT 53 27 126 117
NIASPAN 52 29 127 133
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 52 47 127 220
PREMARIN 51 35 R 129 132
GEMFIBROZIL 51 16 129 122
VALPROIC ACID 51 40 129 262
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 28 132 110
PEN NEEDLE 50 25 132 159
TIZANIDINE HCL 50 20 132 83
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. 17, 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.