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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,601Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 185 out of 682

$816K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 148 out of 682

457 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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

5% of this provider’s 457 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 457 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 11,391 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% 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

28 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 473 420 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 421 374 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 411 379 3 4
GABAPENTIN 377 348 4 9
OMEPRAZOLE 354 310 5 5
LISINOPRIL 326 289 6 2
FUROSEMIDE 248 233 7 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 247 227 8 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 245 198 9 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 235 222 10 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 233 210 S3 11 1
METFORMIN HCL 219 203 12 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 207 196 13 15
ATENOLOL 205 172 14 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 182 182 15 30
NAMENDA 175 175 16 41
NEXIUM 162 145 17 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 161 149 18 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 107 19 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 132 118 20 14
SERTRALINE HCL 128 97 21 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 126 118 22 36
MELOXICAM 116 109 23 27
CARVEDILOL 115 113 24 23
CRESTOR 101 84 25 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 101 88 25 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 88 25 12
TRAZODONE HCL 99 84 28 38
TRAMADOL HCL 96 90 29 26
MIRTAZAPINE 92 84 30 52
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 85 73 31 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85 59 31 21
DIGOXIN 84 81 33 46
SINGULAIR 83 74 34 63
LANTUS 80 73 35 55
ALLOPURINOL 80 80 35 32
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 79 67 37 127
TAMSULOSIN HCL 79 62 37 33
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 75 75 39 96
BENAZEPRIL HCL 75 75 39 89
SPIRIVA 74 66 41 49
CLOPIDOGREL 74 62 41 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 71 68 43 29
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 71 68 43 73
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 65 54 45 140
LANSOPRAZOLE 65 58 45 85
PAROXETINE HCL 64 62 47 53
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 52 R 48 65
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 60 59 48 57
SYNTHROID 59 53 50 59
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 58 58 51 87
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 55 52 56
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54 49 R 53 50
LIPITOR 53 53 54 92
NOVOLOG 53 53 54 129
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 50 54 103
DIOVAN 53 52 54 42
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 52 58 60
RANITIDINE HCL 52 48 58 28
AZITHROMYCIN 52 45 58 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 50 61 77
BYSTOLIC 51 51 61 118
CYMBALTA 50 43 63 51
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 50 20 63 119
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 50 45 63 84
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 Dec. 23, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.