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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,904Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 682

$1.58M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 682

763 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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

4% of this provider’s 763 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 763 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 20,599 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,200 936 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 887 556 S3 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 810 613 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 793 579 4 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 703 477 5 10
FUROSEMIDE 610 504 6 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 596 471 7 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 526 429 8 15
LISINOPRIL 452 349 9 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 442 375 10 6
METFORMIN HCL 436 313 11 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 425 330 12 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 398 366 13 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 389 312 14 14
GABAPENTIN 377 240 15 9
BUMETANIDE 345 300 16 115
CARVEDILOL 338 265 17 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 337 206 18 31
NAMENDA 313 313 19 41
CLOPIDOGREL 293 248 20 25
NEXIUM 290 224 21 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 274 203 22 12
ZETIA 266 206 23 69
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 253 187 24 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 253 210 24 21
PLAVIX 237 210 26 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 237 156 26 13
METFORMIN HCL ER 216 187 28 68
RANITIDINE HCL 215 168 29 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 212 208 30 30
PREDNISONE 210 181 31 40
ATENOLOL 199 141 32 18
TRAZODONE HCL 195 119 33 38
ALLOPURINOL 185 144 34 32
SERTRALINE HCL 184 146 35 24
FELODIPINE ER 180 135 36 191
AZITHROMYCIN 177 130 37 39
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 173 148 38 44
DIGOXIN 167 136 39 46
SALSALATE 164 123 10 40 345
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 158 124 41 96
KLOR-CON 10 157 102 42 148
DIOVAN 157 131 42 42
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 117 44 56
ALPRAZOLAM 149 115 45 90
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 148 142 46 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 147 128 47 33
CLONIDINE HCL 145 117 48 48
CRESTOR 141 97 49 22
RAMIPRIL 140 139 50 81
LORAZEPAM 135 97 51 158
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 132 78 52 216
CYMBALTA 131 39 53 51
TRAMADOL HCL 127 99 54 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 126 71 55 60
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 98 55 147
INSULIN SYRINGE 123 89 57 75
NIASPAN 119 73 58 133
JANUVIA 118 104 59 62
EXELON 117 117 60 104
SPIRIVA 107 69 61 49
FENTANYL 104 87 S2 62 86
METHOCARBAMOL 102 35 R 63 163
TRICOR 101 75 64 94
RANEXA 100 95 65 223
MELOXICAM 100 76 65 27
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 99 75 67 162
ADVAIR DISKUS 99 64 67 47
GEMFIBROZIL 99 83 67 122
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 98 69 70 153
KLOR-CON M10 98 96 70 186
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 97 76 72 58
SOTALOL 96 83 73 218
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 94 68 74 87
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 93 71 75 137
PROMETHAZINE HCL 91 53 R 76 54
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 91 73 R 76 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 90 68 78 43
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 88 71 79 77
LANSOPRAZOLE 86 62 80 85
BENICAR 85 84 81 202
MIRTAZAPINE 85 52 81 52
VYTORIN 81 62 83 145
RISPERIDONE 78 70 84 82
GLYBURIDE 77 63 R 85 72
MECLIZINE HCL 76 67 86 124
PROPRANOLOL HCL 75 63 87 141
KLOR-CON M20 74 69 88 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 71 59 89 37
AMOXICILLIN 71 50 89 113
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 70 52 91 111
VERAPAMIL ER 68 33 92 116
NOVOLIN 70-30 68 58 92 189
PREMARIN 68 40 R 92 132
COMBIVENT 68 44 92 105
SYNTHROID 66 43 96 59
BYSTOLIC 65 65 97 118
BENAZEPRIL HCL 65 38 97 89
NYSTATIN 62 44 99 95
TEKTURNA 62 52 99 243
SINGULAIR 61 48 101 63
GLIPIZIDE ER 60 45 102 108
LIPITOR 59 50 103 92
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 23 104 34
PROAIR HFA 57 36 105 45
NITROSTAT 55 27 106 161
FENOFIBRATE 54 44 107 76
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54 43 107 180
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 54 54 107 139
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 53 49 110 196
LABETALOL HCL 53 50 110 249
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 40 110 123
LANTUS 52 43 113 55
PEN NEEDLE 51 43 114 159
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 19 114 73
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 50 43 116 176
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 April 20, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.