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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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35,056Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 682

$2.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 682

871 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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 871 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 871 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 29,629 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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 1,287 1,159 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,285 1,137 2 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,214 975 S3 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 1,069 985 4 4
LISINOPRIL 809 687 5 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 808 732 6 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 791 714 7 10
OMEPRAZOLE 629 533 8 5
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 589 511 9 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 561 520 10 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 557 471 11 11
TRAMADOL HCL 554 478 12 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 551 481 13 12
CLOPIDOGREL 549 456 14 25
FUROSEMIDE 535 480 15 7
CRESTOR 512 416 16 22
GABAPENTIN 471 352 17 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 464 378 18 17
METFORMIN HCL 427 369 19 8
PLAVIX 410 353 20 35
CARVEDILOL 383 352 21 23
NEXIUM 375 308 22 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 358 358 23 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 346 317 24 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 337 283 25 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 328 293 26 44
HYDRALAZINE HCL 324 298 27 74
DIOVAN 306 266 28 42
AZITHROMYCIN 294 245 29 39
ATENOLOL 290 224 30 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 289 251 31 14
LANSOPRAZOLE 278 245 32 85
SERTRALINE HCL 258 214 33 24
ALLOPURINOL 256 231 34 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 245 194 35 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 234 211 36 33
RANITIDINE HCL 226 187 37 28
NAMENDA 220 220 38 41
GLIMEPIRIDE 218 189 39 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 215 210 40 37
GEMFIBROZIL 215 136 40 122
QUINAPRIL HCL 180 141 42 138
SPIRIVA 179 133 43 49
PROAIR HFA 177 124 44 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 173 132 45 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 172 146 46 15
ALPRAZOLAM 171 150 47 90
DIGOXIN 170 157 48 46
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 168 125 49 58
SYNTHROID 167 148 50 59
CLONIDINE HCL 162 124 51 48
JANUVIA 155 129 52 62
MELOXICAM 151 137 53 27
CYMBALTA 146 88 54 51
LIDODERM 143 121 55 134
SINGULAIR 140 107 56 63
RANEXA 134 122 57 223
LORAZEPAM 133 125 58 158
PAROXETINE HCL 132 96 59 53
PREDNISONE 130 104 60 40
RAMIPRIL 127 116 61 81
LOVAZA 125 110 62 106
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 106 63 56
LACTULOSE 123 109 64 100
NOVOLOG 122 90 65 129
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 120 113 66 91
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 116 111 67 57
EXELON 116 116 67 104
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 115 94 R 69 50
TRICOR 113 52 70 94
LYRICA 111 66 71 78
SPIRONOLACTONE 111 89 71 64
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 110 65 R 73 65
NYSTATIN 110 87 73 95
EVISTA 108 108 75 135
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 108 91 75 119
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 107 93 77 77
CELEBREX 107 86 77 80
ENDOCET 102 73 S2 79 88
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 99 99 80 162
DIOVAN HCT 99 88 80 109
METFORMIN HCL ER 98 95 82 68
FAMOTIDINE 95 68 83 99
LIPITOR 93 75 84 92
GLIPIZIDE 91 80 85 61
LEVEMIR 91 53 85 185
AVODART 90 80 87 211
DILTIAZEM ER 90 71 87 136
PROMETHAZINE HCL 90 51 R 87 54
NAPROXEN 87 60 90 97
NITROSTAT 87 60 90 161
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 86 66 92 112
BUMETANIDE 86 86 92 115
MIRTAZAPINE 85 76 94 52
KLOR-CON 10 82 68 95 148
ONDANSETRON HCL 82 60 95 195
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 82 38 95 196
TRAZODONE HCL 81 78 98 38
DICYCLOMINE HCL 81 56 98 214
INSULIN SYRINGE 81 60 98 75
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 80 70 101 123
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 79 68 102 73
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 78 67 103 114
PEN NEEDLE 75 39 104 159
VENTOLIN HFA 75 53 104 101
FEXOFENADINE HCL 74 47 106 280
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 73 73 107 121
TOPROL XL 73 70 107 358
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 69 69 S3 109 126
SODIUM CHLORIDE 68 64 110 209
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 50 111 60
AMIODARONE HCL 67 54 111 170
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 67 30 111 188
MEGESTROL ACETATE 67 65 R 111 165
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 65 54 115 96
FENTANYL 65 54 S2 115 86
BUSPIRONE HCL 65 59 115 102
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 64 52 118 110
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 40 119 47
LORATADINE 63 60 119 256
LEVETIRACETAM 63 38 119 125
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 63 63 119 176
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 61 61 123 246
DEXILANT 60 48 124 201
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 59 53 125 336
GALANTAMINE HBR 59 59 125 288
VYTORIN 58 58 127 145
SOTALOL 58 49 127 218
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57 54 129 89
FLUCONAZOLE 55 40 130 154
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 54 54 131 84
METHADONE HCL 54 13 S2 131 184
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 53 47 133 139
DETROL LA 53 53 133 226
GLYBURIDE 53 53 R 133 72
CILOSTAZOL 53 45 133 183
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 21 137 111
FOLIC ACID 52 47 137 461
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 52 12 R 137 335
ABILIFY 52 51 137 179
BUPROPION XL 52 34 137 207
TEMAZEPAM 52 42 137 247
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 51 51 143 87
AMOXICILLIN 51 37 143 113
FINASTERIDE 51 50 143 131
CLONAZEPAM 50 50 146 194
SYMBICORT 50 33 146 117
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 April 11, 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.