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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,605Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 72 out of 682

$1.32M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 45 out of 682

977 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

7% of this provider’s 977 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 977 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 16,804 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

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
SIMVASTATIN 764 679 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 725 573 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 591 473 3 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 538 358 S3 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 532 477 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 502 399 6 7
METFORMIN HCL 500 437 7 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 491 430 8 12
NAMENDA 421 411 9 41
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 403 350 10 10
LISINOPRIL 349 288 11 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 341 259 12 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 293 248 13 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 289 279 14 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 282 235 15 16
GABAPENTIN 278 210 16 9
SERTRALINE HCL 264 232 17 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 252 231 18 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 242 202 19 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 237 206 20 14
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 214 187 21 91
AZITHROMYCIN 190 160 22 39
TRAZODONE HCL 188 155 23 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 187 156 24 21
MIRTAZAPINE 186 166 25 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 184 168 26 37
NEXIUM 171 102 27 19
ATENOLOL 167 140 28 18
GLYBURIDE 161 133 R 29 72
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 159 132 30 73
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 131 31 33
EXELON 149 149 31 104
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 142 116 33 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 139 107 34 87
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 137 123 35 15
CRESTOR 134 107 36 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 132 105 37 36
LEVOFLOXACIN 125 113 38 70
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 111 39 56
SYNTHROID 120 118 40 59
FLUOXETINE HCL 115 69 41 60
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 114 76 42 44
CLOPIDOGREL 111 105 43 25
RANITIDINE HCL 109 99 44 28
ALLOPURINOL 109 75 44 32
NIFEDIPINE ER 108 95 46 144
MELOXICAM 108 77 46 27
PROMETHAZINE HCL 108 21 R 46 54
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 105 105 49 84
PROPRANOLOL HCL 102 69 50 141
ROPINIROLE HCL 100 66 51 71
DIOVAN 99 92 52 42
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 99 84 52 107
GLIMEPIRIDE 98 92 54 43
JANUVIA 98 72 54 62
KLOR-CON M20 93 82 56 67
CYMBALTA 87 59 57 51
LYRICA 83 49 58 78
FINASTERIDE 82 82 59 131
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 81 71 60 58
NAPROXEN 81 57 60 97
VITAMIN D2 80 74 62 206
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 59 62 34
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 75 62 216
TRAMADOL HCL 79 55 65 26
ESTRADIOL 78 53 R 66 152
ZETIA 75 53 67 69
CARVEDILOL 73 65 68 23
LOVASTATIN 72 68 69 66
PLAVIX 72 70 69 35
BUSPIRONE HCL 70 56 71 102
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 63 72 119
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 51 73 362
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 49 74 47
FENTANYL 64 45 S2 75 86
RISPERIDONE 63 36 76 82
PAROXETINE HCL 62 54 77 53
PREMARIN 61 41 R 78 132
DIGOXIN 61 56 78 46
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 59 46 80 110
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 46 81 85
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 55 38 82 137
FENOFIBRATE 55 35 82 76
LIPITOR 55 50 82 92
DILTIAZEM ER 55 45 82 136
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 46 86 74
PROAIR HFA 52 40 86 45
CEPHALEXIN 52 50 86 128
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 44 89 180
LEXAPRO 51 44 89 222
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.