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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,067Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 65 out of 682

$881K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 132 out of 682

757 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

10% of this provider’s 757 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

41% of this provider’s 757 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 14,128 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 2,100 991 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 805 547 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 597 451 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 590 420 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 587 416 5 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 471 332 6 10
SIMVASTATIN 424 324 7 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 412 304 8 14
METFORMIN HCL 398 287 9 8
GABAPENTIN 396 222 10 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 391 224 11 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 384 322 12 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 367 249 13 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 349 236 14 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 277 109 15 21
RANITIDINE HCL 262 167 16 28
NEXIUM 231 176 17 19
DIGOXIN 222 194 18 46
MELOXICAM 216 159 19 27
TRAMADOL HCL 203 57 20 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 203 171 20 6
ALLOPURINOL 197 136 22 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 190 147 23 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 141 24 34
FENTANYL 169 43 S2 25 86
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 157 117 26 58
SERTRALINE HCL 152 97 27 24
CARISOPRODOL 150 0 R 28 146
FLUOXETINE HCL 147 119 29 60
LANTUS 139 114 30 55
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 137 26 R 31 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 134 114 32 29
SPIRONOLACTONE 130 107 33 64
CLONIDINE HCL 127 108 34 48
GLIPIZIDE 126 125 35 61
CLOPIDOGREL 116 89 36 25
CRESTOR 116 76 36 22
PROAIR HFA 115 65 38 45
ATENOLOL 113 73 39 18
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 113 84 39 121
PAROXETINE HCL 111 76 41 53
SINGULAIR 110 98 42 63
MECLIZINE HCL 103 78 43 124
IBUPROFEN 101 43 44 79
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 100 50 45 140
NIFEDIPINE ER 99 79 46 144
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 98 30 S2 47 98
PLAVIX 92 73 48 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 92 75 48 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 92 89 48 20
CARVEDILOL 91 72 51 23
CELEBREX 89 50 52 80
PROMETHAZINE HCL 88 26 R 53 54
RAMIPRIL 88 83 53 81
PREMARIN 87 51 R 55 132
TAMSULOSIN HCL 87 72 55 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87 43 55 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 85 66 58 43
ROPINIROLE HCL 85 57 58 71
PREDNISONE 84 72 60 40
LEVOFLOXACIN 82 52 61 70
TERAZOSIN HCL 82 82 61 171
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 80 36 63 103
NAMENDA 77 77 64 41
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 76 48 S3 65 126
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 76 45 65 110
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 75 18 R 67 50
LIDODERM 71 58 68 134
TRAZODONE HCL 70 36 69 38
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 70 52 69 73
DONEPEZIL HCL 69 62 71 30
ALPRAZOLAM 67 19 72 90
NOVOLIN R 66 66 73 167
SUCRALFATE 66 49 73 160
DILTIAZEM ER 65 45 75 136
DOXEPIN HCL 65 53 75 205
TOPIRAMATE 64 24 77 150
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 63 54 78 44
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 62 43 79 87
ESTRADIOL 61 33 R 80 152
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 31 80 47
FLUCONAZOLE 61 45 80 154
GLIPIZIDE ER 60 48 83 108
LYRICA 60 19 83 78
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 33 S2 83 120
ABILIFY 59 37 86 179
AMOXICILLIN 59 38 86 113
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 40 86 31
GEMFIBROZIL 58 37 89 122
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 54 90 56
HUMULIN R 55 28 91 375
MIRTAZAPINE 55 42 91 52
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 53 40 93 112
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 53 44 93 137
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 46 93 123
KLOR-CON M20 53 46 93 67
FINASTERIDE 52 47 97 131
DIOVAN 52 46 97 42
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 37 99 111
AZITHROMYCIN 51 35 99 39
NOVOLOG 50 43 101 129
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 8, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.