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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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36,231Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 682

$2.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 682

763 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

12% of this provider’s 763 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 763 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 30,644 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

47 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
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 1,390 941 10 1 114
FUROSEMIDE 1,284 1,130 2 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,079 922 S3 3 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 935 809 4 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 932 899 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 898 781 6 10
OMEPRAZOLE 877 772 7 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 837 755 8 6
MIRTAZAPINE 833 788 9 52
WARFARIN SODIUM 809 722 10 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 747 741 11 30
GABAPENTIN 701 549 12 9
NAMENDA 678 642 13 41
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 650 569 14 84
NYSTATIN 609 491 10 15 95
LISINOPRIL 591 504 16 2
SIMVASTATIN 576 525 17 4
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 552 476 18 139
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 459 405 19 44
EXELON 390 379 20 104
SERTRALINE HCL 380 328 21 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 374 308 22 17
TRAZODONE HCL 369 308 23 38
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 345 192 24 188
HUMALOG 338 263 25 213
HYDRALAZINE HCL 310 269 26 74
CARVEDILOL 310 269 26 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 286 252 28 31
LEVETIRACETAM 285 199 29 125
RISPERIDONE 283 252 30 82
SANTYL 262 196 31 245
FAMOTIDINE 259 209 32 99
LEVOFLOXACIN 258 232 33 70
ALLOPURINOL 248 190 34 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 246 221 35 73
BUMETANIDE 240 201 36 115
TAMSULOSIN HCL 219 200 37 33
CLOPIDOGREL 205 180 38 25
ATENOLOL 205 201 38 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 204 178 40 16
LANTUS 203 156 41 55
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 200 182 42 87
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 199 166 43 156
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 197 135 44 11
LIDODERM 194 179 45 134
CLONIDINE HCL 187 144 46 48
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 179 122 47 203
LACTULOSE 175 152 48 100
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 161 48 12
METFORMIN HCL 171 114 50 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 156 132 51 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 155 131 52 47
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 150 139 53 196
PLAVIX 150 133 53 35
DIGOXIN 148 127 55 46
GLIPIZIDE 144 124 56 61
PREDNISONE 141 137 57 40
OLANZAPINE 141 124 57 168
CRESTOR 141 101 57 22
PROMETHAZINE HCL 137 109 R 60 54
RAMIPRIL 135 114 61 81
BACLOFEN 133 56 62 130
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 133 120 62 36
CYMBALTA 132 104 64 51
CEPHALEXIN 132 113 64 128
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 124 96 66 103
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 120 70 67 111
MUPIROCIN 119 94 68 166
HALOPERIDOL 117 87 69 238
RANITIDINE HCL 117 115 69 28
NOVOLOG 116 82 71 129
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 115 108 72 121
LOPERAMIDE 112 96 73 253
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 111 93 74 212
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110 94 75 21
ABILIFY 106 66 76 179
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 105 90 77 204
SPIRIVA 104 101 78 49
VESICARE 103 92 79 240
BUSPIRONE HCL 98 88 80 102
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 92 86 81 110
SEROQUEL 91 76 82 193
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 91 88 82 20
PAROXETINE HCL 91 70 82 53
GLYCOPYRROLATE 90 89 85 300
ROPINIROLE HCL 89 80 86 71
HYDROXYZINE HCL 89 62 R 86 187
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 89 89 86 96
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 87 79 89 246
GEMFIBROZIL 87 39 89 122
SPIRONOLACTONE 86 70 91 64
PATANOL 86 70 91 291
TRAMADOL HCL 86 86 91 26
LATANOPROST 86 86 91 277
FINASTERIDE 83 83 95 131
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 82 72 96 123
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 72 96 58
FLUCONAZOLE 82 58 96 154
ESTRADIOL 79 57 R 99 152
DILTIAZEM HCL 79 64 99 217
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 78 64 101 221
TRAVATAN Z 77 77 102 303
GLIMEPIRIDE 76 76 103 43
AMIODARONE HCL 76 69 103 170
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 51 105 60
METOLAZONE 73 56 105 229
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 72 48 107 140
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 70 58 108 413
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 70 60 108 15
NIASPAN 69 65 110 133
GALANTAMINE HBR 68 53 111 288
HYDROCORTISONE 67 57 112 267
ONDANSETRON HCL 66 33 113 195
BUDESONIDE 66 53 113 296
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 62 61 115 371
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 47 S2 115 120
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 62 50 115 77
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 61 61 118 176
GELNIQUE 58 34 119 443
NOVOLIN R 58 44 119 167
BENAZEPRIL HCL 58 52 119 89
SINGULAIR 58 47 119 63
RENVELA 57 38 123 271
CHOLESTYRAMINE 57 54 123 366
LEXAPRO 55 53 125 222
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54 43 126 112
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 51 127 37
SSD 53 40 127 456
NITROSTAT 51 42 129 161
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 42 130 180
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 15, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.