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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,854Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 185 out of 1107

$839K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 149 out of 1107

433 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

7% of this provider’s 433 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 433 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 7,923 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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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 485 342 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 426 221 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 312 143 3 4
METFORMIN HCL 300 137 4 8
LISINOPRIL 285 150 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 280 181 6 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 275 199 7 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 248 126 8 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 235 174 9 10
SIMVASTATIN 232 162 10 5
RANITIDINE HCL 218 99 11 21
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 213 34 R 12 174
ATENOLOL 192 125 13 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 173 117 14 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 169 124 15 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 163 113 16 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 116 17 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 156 121 18 14
BENAZEPRIL HCL 153 122 19 86
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 153 109 19 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 108 21 11
RISPERIDONE 142 43 22 79
AZITHROMYCIN 140 99 23 35
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 139 60 24 96
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 137 106 25 59
OLANZAPINE 131 47 26 176
CLONIDINE HCL 130 89 27 53
NEXIUM 129 90 28 18
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 128 68 S3 29 343
CLOPIDOGREL 128 116 29 28
MELOXICAM 124 86 31 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 119 97 32 15
TRAZODONE HCL 115 27 33 33
SERTRALINE HCL 109 29 34 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 107 55 35 16
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 102 62 R 36 152
PAROXETINE HCL 100 46 37 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 98 60 38 30
FAMOTIDINE 92 37 39 111
TRAMADOL HCL 92 38 39 26
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 88 26 41 46
MEGESTROL ACETATE 86 40 R 42 178
PLAVIX 86 75 42 39
ENDOCET 83 31 S2 44 91
DIOVAN 82 53 45 51
NAPROXEN 82 41 45 80
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 80 17 47 216
SEROQUEL XR 79 33 48 257
PREDNISONE 77 52 49 40
SYNTHROID 76 68 50 70
GABAPENTIN 76 33 50 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 75 38 52 94
PROMETHAZINE HCL 74 36 R 53 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 72 28 54 47
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 71 68 55 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 71 38 55 82
CYMBALTA 69 32 57 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 68 49 58 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 26 59 54
IBUPROFEN 66 34 59 63
PROAIR HFA 62 34 61 37
KLOR-CON M20 62 39 61 75
OXCARBAZEPINE 59 16 63 327
BUSPIRONE HCL 59 0 63 107
GEMFIBROZIL 58 48 65 107
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 57 29 66 29
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE 57 20 66 371
LAMOTRIGINE 56 12 68 244
LITHIUM CARBONATE 56 0 68 306
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 54 35 S3 70 120
CRESTOR 52 13 71 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52 49 71 77
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 33 73 41
VERAPAMIL ER 50 48 74 113
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 Feb. 1, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.