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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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36,799Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 682

$2.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 682

732 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
33%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

35% of this provider’s 732 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

45% of this provider’s 732 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 13,510 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

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 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 2,369 823 S3 1 1
GABAPENTIN 1,819 395 2 9
LISINOPRIL 1,046 387 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 900 431 4 4
ENDOCET 898 192 S2 5 88
OXYCODONE HCL 853 186 S2 6 93
FUROSEMIDE 844 377 7 7
METFORMIN HCL 839 339 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 828 412 9 10
OMEPRAZOLE 719 244 10 5
NEXIUM 696 257 11 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 567 301 12 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 537 217 13 14
RANITIDINE HCL 487 243 14 28
CLOPIDOGREL 469 273 15 25
TIZANIDINE HCL 456 14 16 83
CITALOPRAM HBR 408 123 17 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 397 125 18 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 381 183 19 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 373 193 20 6
PLAVIX 365 208 21 35
MELOXICAM 363 35 22 27
LYRICA 349 78 23 78
GLIPIZIDE 343 181 24 61
PREDNISONE 342 182 25 40
CRESTOR 340 107 26 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 330 119 27 58
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 324 35 S2 28 143
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 323 79 29 29
ATENOLOL 316 82 30 18
PROAIR HFA 315 94 31 45
TRAZODONE HCL 287 105 32 38
VENTOLIN HFA 275 52 33 101
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 274 87 34 91
TRAMADOL HCL 271 75 35 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 259 106 36 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 247 107 37 47
SERTRALINE HCL 230 63 38 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 228 193 39 31
ALLOPURINOL 216 93 40 32
CYMBALTA 206 48 41 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 202 185 42 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 202 82 R 42 50
MIRTAZAPINE 200 45 44 52
FLUOXETINE HCL 198 29 45 60
EVISTA 194 103 46 135
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 187 76 47 44
ROPINIROLE HCL 184 59 48 71
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 178 57 49 103
SYMBICORT 178 59 49 117
TAMSULOSIN HCL 178 85 49 33
PROMETHAZINE HCL 176 41 R 52 54
LANTUS 174 75 53 55
METHADONE HCL 173 12 S2 54 184
DIOVAN 171 65 55 42
LOVAZA 167 43 56 106
LEVOFLOXACIN 166 78 57 70
FENTANYL 166 16 S2 57 86
CLONIDINE HCL 165 45 59 48
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 164 89 60 37
KLOR-CON M20 163 71 61 67
CARVEDILOL 160 90 62 23
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 160 50 S2 62 98
COMBIVENT 151 73 64 105
SPIRIVA 146 45 65 49
LANSOPRAZOLE 145 15 66 85
RAMIPRIL 137 43 67 81
PAROXETINE HCL 137 31 67 53
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 137 36 R 67 65
INSULIN SYRINGE 135 66 70 75
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 135 31 70 20
NIFEDIPINE ER 132 55 72 144
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 132 23 72 111
FLUCONAZOLE 132 54 72 154
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 131 34 75 16
SINGULAIR 122 56 76 63
NAPROXEN 121 19 77 97
VESICARE 119 62 78 240
JANUVIA 118 39 79 62
METHOCARBAMOL 118 17 R 79 163
AZITHROMYCIN 117 46 81 39
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 117 36 R 81 172
IBUPROFEN 115 26 83 79
ALPRAZOLAM 111 26 84 90
TOPIRAMATE 108 26 85 150
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 107 47 86 15
ONDANSETRON HCL 104 46 87 195
CELEBREX 103 33 88 80
CLONAZEPAM 98 15 89 194
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 95 22 90 140
LIPITOR 94 61 91 92
AMOXICILLIN 92 19 92 113
TRICOR 91 25 93 94
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 89 49 94 96
OXYCONTIN 89 0 S2 94 178
GEMFIBROZIL 88 21 96 122
SODIUM CHLORIDE 86 41 97 209
BUSPIRONE HCL 85 0 98 102
HYDROCORTISONE 84 26 99 267
ZETIA 83 0 100 69
MECLIZINE HCL 81 22 101 124
DIGOXIN 80 41 102 46
DILTIAZEM ER 79 42 103 136
VERAPAMIL ER 79 32 103 116
AVODART 77 36 105 211
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 76 27 106 123
NIASPAN 76 34 106 133
BACLOFEN 75 0 108 130
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 75 68 R 108 197
HYDRALAZINE HCL 74 55 110 74
LIDODERM 74 27 110 134
LACTULOSE 72 28 112 100
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 28 112 36
NYSTATIN 72 58 112 95
EXFORGE 71 44 115 237
NASONEX 71 24 115 199
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 33 115 21
NITROSTAT 70 35 118 161
DULERA 67 0 119 324
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 33 119 64
SUBOXONE 66 0 121 169
BUPROPION HCL SR 66 0 121 198
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63 12 123 119
KLOR-CON 10 62 17 124 148
TRILIPIX 62 0 124 192
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 62 23 124 112
RISPERIDONE 62 25 124 82
VENLAFAXINE HCL 60 0 128 225
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 24 128 34
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 60 16 128 162
ATELVIA 57 38 131 447
DOXEPIN HCL 57 0 131 205
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 56 26 133 137
LORATADINE 56 21 133 256
METRONIDAZOLE 56 23 133 254
GLIPIZIDE XL 52 37 136 181
TORSEMIDE 52 33 136 155
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 44 R 136 165
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 52 31 136 294
PRADAXA 50 42 140 231
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 Jan. 9, 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.