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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,215Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 108 out of 682

$910K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 127 out of 682

742 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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

2% of this provider’s 742 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 742 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 14,971 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 868 805 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 697 573 S3 2 1
LISINOPRIL 658 589 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 575 505 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 522 475 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 508 464 6 6
OMEPRAZOLE 354 326 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 330 316 8 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 266 222 9 15
METFORMIN HCL 264 197 10 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 257 218 11 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 248 195 12 21
SERTRALINE HCL 247 197 13 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 236 209 14 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 225 216 15 34
CARVEDILOL 203 170 16 23
GABAPENTIN 182 126 17 9
ATENOLOL 177 152 18 18
ALLOPURINOL 171 153 19 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 169 137 20 12
MELOXICAM 160 147 21 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 157 148 22 77
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 151 150 23 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 148 143 24 13
CRESTOR 139 125 25 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 110 26 56
NAMENDA 129 129 27 41
CLOPIDOGREL 128 109 28 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 124 124 29 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 123 100 30 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 117 31 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 115 96 32 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 99 33 37
TRAMADOL HCL 106 83 33 26
KLOR-CON M20 105 93 35 67
NEXIUM 104 84 36 19
HYDRALAZINE HCL 100 69 37 74
ALPRAZOLAM 99 72 38 90
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 96 89 39 20
DIGOXIN 95 95 40 46
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 95 95 40 31
PLAVIX 90 81 42 35
MIRTAZAPINE 90 90 42 52
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 88 75 R 44 50
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 86 78 S3 45 126
FINASTERIDE 85 78 46 131
PROMETHAZINE HCL 85 56 R 46 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 85 76 46 70
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 83 83 49 156
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 81 53 50 36
CELEBREX 81 81 50 80
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 79 77 R 52 177
AZITHROMYCIN 79 64 52 39
VERAPAMIL ER 79 56 52 116
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 79 79 52 212
PREDNISONE 78 74 56 40
LANTUS 77 58 57 55
LOVASTATIN 76 67 58 66
METOLAZONE 75 69 59 229
GLIPIZIDE 71 67 60 61
ROPINIROLE HCL 70 57 61 71
LEVETIRACETAM 70 50 61 125
ZETIA 70 70 61 69
RISPERIDONE 69 69 64 82
SPIRONOLACTONE 68 61 65 64
RAMIPRIL 68 66 65 81
DIOVAN 67 64 67 42
PAROXETINE HCL 67 62 67 53
BENAZEPRIL HCL 66 48 69 89
RANITIDINE HCL 62 59 70 28
NIFEDICAL XL 61 61 71 273
AMOXICILLIN 59 54 72 113
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 58 73 123
AMIODARONE HCL 58 58 73 170
FENOFIBRATE 55 47 75 76
PREMARIN 55 40 R 75 132
BUMETANIDE 55 41 75 115
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 42 78 75
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 53 53 79 73
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 53 79 141
NYSTATIN 53 49 79 95
ACTOS 52 49 82 151
TRIMETHOPRIM 52 52 82 310
SPIRIVA 52 46 82 49
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 51 51 85 176
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 24 85 114
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 46 87 47
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 50 50 87 278
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 50 38 87 149
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 3, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.