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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,069Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 176 out of 682

$694K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 198 out of 682

426 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

9% of this provider’s 426 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 426 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 10,311 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% 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

31 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 683 411 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 436 361 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 423 345 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 398 331 4 5
LISINOPRIL 384 313 5 2
GABAPENTIN 359 225 6 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 316 274 7 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 280 234 8 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 207 170 9 10
METFORMIN HCL 193 176 10 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 188 144 11 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 182 133 12 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 180 164 13 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 170 129 14 15
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 158 52 S2 15 143
CITALOPRAM HBR 156 122 16 17
SERTRALINE HCL 149 116 17 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 147 126 18 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 145 125 19 14
BUMETANIDE 144 139 20 115
FUROSEMIDE 131 119 21 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 118 102 22 20
ALLOPURINOL 110 106 23 32
LANTUS 109 106 24 55
METFORMIN HCL ER 105 89 25 68
CLOPIDOGREL 101 89 26 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 77 27 29
FENTANYL 100 80 S2 27 86
CRESTOR 96 65 29 22
JANUVIA 95 85 30 62
NYSTATIN 94 83 31 95
DONEPEZIL HCL 93 93 32 30
PLAVIX 90 84 33 35
FLUOXETINE HCL 87 51 34 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 84 35 47
PREDNISONE 85 69 35 40
TRAMADOL HCL 83 56 37 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 63 38 33
MIRTAZAPINE 78 77 38 52
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 77 65 40 44
VENTOLIN HFA 75 59 41 101
SPIRIVA 74 52 42 49
EXELON 74 74 42 104
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 73 62 44 212
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 24 R 44 65
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 72 71 46 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 71 61 47 37
TRAZODONE HCL 71 45 47 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 49 49 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 54 49 12
KLOR-CON M20 70 66 49 67
CHLORTHALIDONE 69 69 52 182
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 64 58 53 162
SINGULAIR 64 39 53 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 56 55 36
DIGOXIN 63 55 55 46
MELOXICAM 63 27 55 27
NEXIUM 61 39 58 19
NOVOLIN R 60 60 59 167
NAMENDA 60 60 59 41
LORAZEPAM 59 59 61 158
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 59 53 61 114
BACLOFEN 58 26 63 130
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57 52 64 89
PAROXETINE HCL 56 55 65 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 51 66 77
RANITIDINE HCL 50 50 67 28
PROAIR HFA 50 26 67 45
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 Jan. 24, 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.