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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,626Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 184 out of 682

$721K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 185 out of 682

436 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

3% of this provider’s 436 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 436 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 9,580 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 526 316 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 521 401 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 471 413 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 310 285 4 6
LISINOPRIL 307 233 5 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 306 256 6 21
METFORMIN HCL ER 300 223 7 68
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 296 253 8 11
CRESTOR 287 250 9 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 285 222 10 16
OMEPRAZOLE 280 204 11 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 267 184 12 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 255 194 13 15
FUROSEMIDE 250 211 14 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 203 152 15 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 183 145 16 14
NEXIUM 173 146 17 19
GABAPENTIN 169 108 18 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 168 96 19 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 166 153 20 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 161 132 21 13
GLIPIZIDE ER 159 139 22 108
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 139 58 R 23 65
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 131 78 24 57
MELOXICAM 118 97 25 27
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 76 26 34
CLOPIDOGREL 115 103 27 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 74 28 12
CEFUROXIME 98 75 29 164
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 92 65 30 73
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 81 31 56
CARVEDILOL 90 78 31 23
TIZANIDINE HCL 85 39 33 83
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 82 34 37
TRAZODONE HCL 82 47 35 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 81 38 36 36
ATENOLOL 79 46 37 18
DIOVAN 78 60 38 42
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 78 62 38 127
PLAVIX 77 68 40 35
CLONIDINE HCL 76 61 41 48
RANITIDINE HCL 75 66 42 28
METFORMIN HCL 72 36 43 8
PROAIR HFA 66 26 44 45
TRAMADOL HCL 65 33 45 26
LEVOFLOXACIN 64 48 46 70
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 62 62 47 31
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 52 48 71
FLUOXETINE HCL 60 48 48 60
CARISOPRODOL 57 0 R 50 146
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 44 51 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 26 51 47
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 45 53 77
CELEBREX 54 50 53 80
LIPITOR 54 36 53 92
AZITHROMYCIN 54 36 53 39
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54 32 R 53 50
PREMARIN 53 45 R 58 132
SPIRIVA 53 31 58 49
SINGULAIR 50 40 60 63
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.