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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,384Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 84 out of 682

$794K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 157 out of 682

496 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
46%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

58% of this provider’s 496 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 12,918 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 2,177 1,109 S3 1 1
NYSTATIN 711 576 10 2 95
GABAPENTIN 601 205 3 9
LISINOPRIL 492 324 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 468 365 5 5
LACTULOSE 441 424 6 100
SIMVASTATIN 415 318 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 413 350 8 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 343 293 9 3
RANITIDINE HCL 325 170 10 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 295 197 11 6
CLOPIDOGREL 277 191 12 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 276 145 13 16
METFORMIN HCL 255 189 14 8
MUPIROCIN 251 251 15 166
TRAZODONE HCL 227 142 16 38
AZITHROMYCIN 223 124 17 39
IBUPROFEN 215 54 18 79
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 212 176 19 10
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 206 19 20 107
GLIPIZIDE 183 148 21 61
PLAVIX 180 134 22 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 176 109 23 11
ADVAIR DISKUS 173 131 24 47
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 166 111 25 15
NEXIUM 164 55 26 19
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 162 102 S3 27 126
PROAIR HFA 160 82 28 45
CITALOPRAM HBR 153 103 29 17
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 152 135 30 156
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 142 88 31 153
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 135 77 R 32 172
WARFARIN SODIUM 130 116 33 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 129 112 34 14
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 128 72 35 57
LANTUS 127 116 36 55
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 124 124 37 139
ATENOLOL 121 64 38 18
LEVOFLOXACIN 120 78 39 70
KIONEX 117 117 10 40 367
TIZANIDINE HCL 116 19 41 83
JANUMET 116 55 41 200
DONEPEZIL HCL 112 112 43 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 111 72 44 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 68 45 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 105 46 46 21
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 104 103 47 212
SERTRALINE HCL 101 41 48 24
DIGOXIN 100 82 49 46
NOVOLIN R 99 78 50 167
NAMENDA 99 99 50 41
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 99 0 R 50 65
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 97 47 53 123
CARVEDILOL 97 76 53 23
NOVOLOG 96 95 55 129
CRESTOR 95 33 56 22
PAROXETINE HCL 93 64 57 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 92 85 58 33
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 90 58 R 59 50
METHOCARBAMOL 87 0 R 60 163
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 85 79 61 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 50 62 34
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 78 63 74
NAPROXEN 80 61 64 97
VENTOLIN HFA 80 42 64 101
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 63 66 37
JANUVIA 79 76 66 62
SPIRIVA 77 44 68 49
BUSPIRONE HCL 77 19 68 102
PROMETHAZINE HCL 76 61 R 70 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 48 70 31
MELOXICAM 75 45 72 27
BUTALBITAL COMPOUND-CODEINE 73 26 S3 R 10 73 410
HYDROCORTISONE 73 50 73 267
DIOVAN 72 66 75 42
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 72 41 75 91
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 46 77 60
LEVETIRACETAM 70 45 78 125
FENTANYL 66 63 S2 79 86
MECLIZINE HCL 62 62 80 124
RISPERIDONE 62 50 80 82
TRAMADOL HCL 61 0 82 26
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 39 83 140
LYRICA 57 13 84 78
LANSOPRAZOLE 56 30 85 85
FENOFIBRATE 56 42 85 76
DILTIAZEM HCL 55 55 87 217
FAMOTIDINE 52 36 88 99
GLYBURIDE 51 51 R 89 72
GEMFIBROZIL 50 26 90 122
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.