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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,142Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 45

$990K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 45

559 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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
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this specialty
in Kentucky
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 559 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 559 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 25%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,686 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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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
LISINOPRIL 634 552 1 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 621 520 2 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 595 443 S3 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 454 397 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 434 432 5 7
GABAPENTIN 395 335 6 9
OMEPRAZOLE 374 332 7 3
SERTRALINE HCL 297 255 8 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 287 277 9 18
METFORMIN HCL 284 260 10 8
NEXIUM 278 215 11 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 271 251 12 27
FUROSEMIDE 261 233 13 6
SIMVASTATIN 249 219 14 4
DIOVAN 200 198 15 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 193 170 16 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 186 163 17 10
RANITIDINE HCL 180 139 18 16
CARVEDILOL 160 138 19 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 159 137 20 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 155 20 11
CLOPIDOGREL 158 139 22 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 122 23 29
ATENOLOL 129 107 24 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 125 81 25 22
PLAVIX 122 106 26 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 118 80 27 13
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 90 28 96
LOVASTATIN 111 89 29 49
FLUOXETINE HCL 111 88 29 47
CELEBREX 109 81 31 110
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 109 93 31 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 108 88 33 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 105 81 34 44
CRESTOR 105 97 34 23
CYMBALTA 104 79 36 59
TRAMADOL HCL 101 81 37 20
DIOVAN HCT 99 77 38 122
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 96 96 39 46
TRAZODONE HCL 95 45 40 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 94 79 41 17
PROMETHAZINE HCL 92 39 R 42 33
ZETIA 91 64 43 50
SPIRIVA 86 66 44 54
HYDRALAZINE HCL 82 73 45 108
MIRTAZAPINE 80 69 46 58
LANSOPRAZOLE 78 54 47 98
MELOXICAM 78 44 47 28
SPIRONOLACTONE 77 58 49 87
EVISTA 77 77 49 152
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 67 51 62
JANUVIA 74 71 52 91
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 73 68 53 149
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 60 54 120
AVODART 68 68 54 163
TIZANIDINE HCL 67 44 56 41
SYNTHROID 67 67 56 125
GLIMEPIRIDE 67 55 56 72
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 55 R 59 42
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 66 52 S3 59 66
DILTIAZEM ER 65 58 61 116
BYSTOLIC 65 64 61 177
NAMENDA 63 63 63 57
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 63 61 63 77
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 59 65 130
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 61 65 34
DIGOXIN 61 50 65 78
ALLOPURINOL 58 47 68 36
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54 54 69 160
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 53 53 70 150
DONEPEZIL HCL 53 53 70 37
PREDNISONE 53 51 70 52
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 52 73 93
PEN NEEDLE 52 44 73 161
CLONIDINE HCL 51 47 75 61
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 44 75 136
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 27 R 77 45
PAROXETINE HCL 50 35 77 51
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 June 20, 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.