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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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66,299Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 682

$4.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 682

2,787 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

10% of this provider’s 2,787 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

40% of this provider’s 2,787 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 41,267 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 5,903 3,193 S3 10 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 2,114 1,280 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 2,068 1,383 3 4
LISINOPRIL 1,984 1,249 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 1,855 1,405 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,811 1,324 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,728 1,332 7 6
GABAPENTIN 1,359 774 8 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,299 960 9 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,098 777 10 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 997 840 11 13
METFORMIN HCL 963 487 12 8
TRAMADOL HCL 917 556 13 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 887 541 14 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 787 606 15 17
RISPERIDONE 721 223 16 82
DONEPEZIL HCL 703 652 17 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 626 453 18 16
TRAZODONE HCL 589 302 19 38
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 567 315 20 84
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 566 495 21 31
SERTRALINE HCL 552 361 22 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 544 357 23 12
NAMENDA 542 511 24 41
MIRTAZAPINE 529 458 25 52
ATENOLOL 502 293 26 18
MELOXICAM 488 295 27 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 478 287 28 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 460 359 29 29
CARVEDILOL 451 331 30 23
HYDRALAZINE HCL 442 352 31 74
BUMETANIDE 427 288 32 115
TAMSULOSIN HCL 422 330 33 33
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 409 246 34 87
CRESTOR 400 146 35 22
LANTUS 394 236 36 55
ADVAIR DISKUS 374 246 37 47
CLOPIDOGREL 373 272 38 25
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 372 126 R 39 197
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 361 145 40 36
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 341 107 R 41 65
IBUPROFEN 334 100 42 79
NEXIUM 331 147 43 19
RANITIDINE HCL 328 160 44 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 327 218 45 73
LEVETIRACETAM 326 162 46 125
INSULIN SYRINGE 303 123 47 75
SPIRIVA 303 168 47 49
COMBIVENT 298 153 49 105
CLONIDINE HCL 295 184 50 48
GLIPIZIDE 292 195 51 61
PROMETHAZINE HCL 291 136 R 52 54
LYRICA 291 154 52 78
KLOR-CON M20 289 184 54 67
ALLOPURINOL 288 211 55 32
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 283 184 56 44
PLAVIX 277 225 57 35
PROAIR HFA 273 86 58 45
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 272 104 S2 59 98
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 265 234 60 15
SINGULAIR 263 120 61 63
CYMBALTA 262 104 62 51
BACLOFEN 258 75 63 130
ROPINIROLE HCL 258 182 63 71
SPIRONOLACTONE 253 182 65 64
FENTANYL 248 146 S2 66 86
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 246 158 R 67 50
PAROXETINE HCL 236 134 68 53
GLIMEPIRIDE 234 176 69 43
FAMOTIDINE 232 178 70 99
FLUOXETINE HCL 228 101 71 60
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 221 125 72 180
DIGOXIN 217 188 73 46
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 217 130 S2 73 120
LOVAZA 216 73 75 106
OLANZAPINE 216 131 75 168
DIOVAN 212 147 77 42
VENTOLIN HFA 208 116 78 101
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 200 125 79 114
EXELON 199 199 80 104
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 197 175 81 37
PREDNISONE 188 149 82 40
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 184 114 83 173
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 176 143 84 20
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 172 69 85 111
LIPITOR 172 80 85 92
SEROQUEL 168 85 87 193
SYMBICORT 166 61 88 117
PROPRANOLOL HCL 164 49 89 141
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 162 105 90 119
AZITHROMYCIN 161 101 91 39
LORAZEPAM 160 148 92 158
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 159 43 93 221
ALPRAZOLAM 159 131 93 90
LIDODERM 154 110 95 134
NIASPAN 154 92 95 133
CELEBREX 151 98 97 80
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 100 98 34
HYDROXYZINE HCL 149 91 R 99 187
NYSTATIN 148 81 100 95
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 148 70 100 112
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 141 118 102 103
TRICOR 139 61 103 94
ABILIFY 136 63 104 179
AMIODARONE HCL 136 130 104 170
GLYBURIDE 129 92 R 106 72
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 128 110 107 123
PEN NEEDLE 122 62 108 159
BUPROPION XL 122 53 108 207
NOVOLOG 119 66 110 129
RISPERDAL CONSTA 117 78 111 279
LAMOTRIGINE 117 59 111 210
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 116 75 113 57
LEVOFLOXACIN 115 75 114 70
TIZANIDINE HCL 115 44 114 83
GEMFIBROZIL 115 70 114 122
PRIMIDONE 115 63 114 228
FENOFIBRATE 114 27 118 76
ENDOCET 113 54 S2 119 88
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 113 100 119 121
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 113 91 S3 119 126
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 111 59 122 140
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 111 77 122 58
BUSPIRONE HCL 111 43 122 102
DETROL LA 110 58 125 226
LOPERAMIDE 108 42 126 253
LITHIUM CARBONATE 105 21 127 305
BENAZEPRIL HCL 104 96 128 89
LEXAPRO 103 66 129 222
RAMIPRIL 101 85 130 81
MECLIZINE HCL 101 63 130 124
LANSOPRAZOLE 101 86 130 85
OXYCONTIN 100 40 S2 133 178
GLIPIZIDE XL 100 56 133 181
CARISOPRODOL 100 29 R 133 146
LEVEMIR 98 43 136 185
NAPROXEN 94 28 137 97
GLIPIZIDE ER 93 57 138 108
SUCRALFATE 92 43 139 160
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 91 76 140 96
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 91 72 140 204
HUMULIN 70-30 90 53 142 229
VESICARE 90 69 142 240
FLUCONAZOLE 85 41 144 154
NIFEDIPINE ER 85 61 144 144
METHOCARBAMOL 84 42 R 146 163
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 84 79 146 246
LOVASTATIN 84 59 146 66
TOPIRAMATE 83 18 149 150
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 81 71 150 190
SEROQUEL XR 81 27 150 257
DICYCLOMINE HCL 80 29 152 214
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 80 64 152 77
DILTIAZEM ER 80 75 152 136
HALOPERIDOL 79 20 155 238
CLOZAPINE 77 0 156 292
CEPHALEXIN 77 55 156 128
NYSTOP 77 44 156 282
ZETIA 76 54 159 69
RIVASTIGMINE 76 76 159 295
JANUVIA 74 48 161 62
KLOR-CON 10 74 59 161 148
CARBAMAZEPINE 73 0 163 251
NITROFURANTOIN 73 42 163 233
BUPROPION HCL SR 72 28 165 198
NOVOLIN 70-30 72 21 165 189
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 72 31 165 278
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 70 21 168 188
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 69 28 169 149
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 48 170 56
OXYCODONE HCL 66 25 S2 171 93
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE ER 65 26 172 337
CLONAZEPAM 62 35 173 194
AZELASTINE HCL 62 32 173 306
FINASTERIDE 61 49 175 131
HUMALOG 61 29 175 213
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 61 18 R 175 172
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 60 50 178 203
TORSEMIDE 60 60 178 155
METOLAZONE 57 26 180 229
CILOSTAZOL 57 26 180 183
GALANTAMINE HBR 57 46 180 288
MEGESTROL ACETATE 57 30 R 180 165
ULTRA COMFORT 56 30 184 373
KLOR-CON M10 55 51 185 186
SYNTHROID 54 33 186 59
METFORMIN HCL ER 54 46 186 68
LATANOPROST 54 53 186 277
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 53 42 189 139
DIOVAN HCT 53 50 189 109
NOVOLIN R 53 24 189 167
LUNESTA 53 25 189 380
HUMULIN R 52 12 193 375
HYDROCORTISONE 52 0 193 267
VOLTAREN 52 45 193 284
OLANZAPINE ODT 51 0 196 469
ACTOS 50 18 197 151
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 July 16, 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.