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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,124Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 64 out of 682

$1.38M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 682

668 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

4% of this provider’s 668 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 668 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 18,526 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% 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

32 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 675 659 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 597 493 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 567 489 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 548 500 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 544 499 5 7
LISINOPRIL 480 429 6 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 467 427 7 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 403 345 8 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 391 325 S3 9 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 384 363 10 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 364 340 11 13
CRESTOR 357 332 12 22
CARVEDILOL 347 318 13 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 345 323 14 14
MIRTAZAPINE 338 320 15 52
ATENOLOL 322 301 16 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 318 256 17 15
TRAMADOL HCL 305 266 18 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 287 258 19 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 270 234 20 12
GABAPENTIN 250 219 21 9
CLOPIDOGREL 238 187 22 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 229 229 23 30
NAMENDA 222 222 24 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 197 161 25 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 196 173 26 31
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 193 175 27 44
TRAZODONE HCL 192 155 28 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 180 159 29 10
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 180 173 29 56
PREDNISONE 179 171 31 40
PLAVIX 177 148 32 35
JANUVIA 165 164 33 62
ALLOPURINOL 160 133 34 32
JANUMET 159 150 35 200
FENOFIBRATE 156 117 36 76
RANITIDINE HCL 150 127 37 28
ZETIA 145 99 38 69
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 145 117 38 21
DIGOXIN 141 129 40 46
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 122 41 34
LACTULOSE 132 132 42 100
METFORMIN HCL ER 131 106 43 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 125 114 44 29
AMIODARONE HCL 120 116 45 170
SPIRONOLACTONE 120 109 45 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 118 102 47 37
SERTRALINE HCL 117 115 48 24
HYDRALAZINE HCL 116 116 49 74
NEXIUM 115 99 50 19
METFORMIN HCL 113 84 51 8
CYMBALTA 113 113 51 51
BYSTOLIC 109 98 53 118
MELOXICAM 106 88 54 27
EXELON 106 106 54 104
AZITHROMYCIN 105 84 56 39
DIOVAN 102 96 57 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 102 98 57 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 68 59 33
FELODIPINE ER 99 99 60 191
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 97 91 61 77
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 75 62 47
PAROXETINE HCL 91 87 63 53
INSULIN SYRINGE 88 80 64 75
QUINAPRIL HCL 84 57 65 138
NOVOLOG 81 71 66 129
NYSTATIN 78 77 67 95
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 72 30 68 114
EVISTA 72 67 68 135
VERAPAMIL ER 71 52 70 116
LANTUS 70 68 71 55
SINGULAIR 70 64 71 63
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 60 73 58
CILOSTAZOL 68 62 73 183
CEPHALEXIN 68 61 73 128
ENABLEX 68 68 73 274
VALPROIC ACID 67 24 77 262
LOVAZA 66 66 78 106
BENAZEPRIL HCL 66 55 78 89
SYMBICORT 65 38 80 117
LIPITOR 65 59 80 92
ROPINIROLE HCL 63 52 82 71
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 46 83 119
VYTORIN 60 53 84 145
BUPROPION HCL SR 60 35 84 198
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 59 54 86 103
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 55 86 180
VENLAFAXINE HCL 59 26 86 225
BUMETANIDE 58 53 89 115
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 58 53 89 332
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 57 57 91 139
LEVEMIR 57 54 91 185
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 57 42 91 173
VENTOLIN HFA 55 49 94 101
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 55 55 94 84
NITROSTAT 54 37 96 161
GLYBURIDE 54 39 R 96 72
TORSEMIDE 54 53 96 155
SPIRIVA 52 48 99 49
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52 44 99 73
PROAIR HFA 52 45 99 45
LANSOPRAZOLE 52 48 99 85
DOXEPIN HCL 52 24 99 205
FAMOTIDINE 51 51 104 99
ONGLYZA 51 38 104 219
RAMIPRIL 50 46 106 81
NIASPAN 50 30 106 133
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 April 9, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.