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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,326Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 98 out of 682

$854K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 137 out of 682

708 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

2% of this provider’s 708 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 708 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 13,406 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 831 587 1 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 721 471 S3 2 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 667 500 3 12
SIMVASTATIN 572 421 4 4
LISINOPRIL 492 360 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 376 284 6 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 372 310 7 14
METFORMIN HCL 365 222 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 351 262 9 10
BENAZEPRIL HCL 341 210 10 89
HYDRALAZINE HCL 338 281 11 74
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 283 243 12 3
OMEPRAZOLE 273 218 13 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 248 198 14 13
GLIPIZIDE 240 148 15 61
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 237 200 16 11
GABAPENTIN 233 143 17 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 203 166 18 29
BUMETANIDE 200 175 19 115
MIRTAZAPINE 187 174 20 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 181 160 21 30
ATENOLOL 167 132 22 18
RANITIDINE HCL 164 101 23 28
MELOXICAM 163 94 24 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 162 130 25 31
CLONIDINE HCL 154 87 26 48
CARVEDILOL 154 140 26 23
VERAPAMIL ER 146 133 28 116
CLOPIDOGREL 146 104 28 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 140 100 30 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 137 120 31 33
KLOR-CON M20 134 92 32 67
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 132 112 33 84
PLAVIX 126 98 34 35
COLCRYS 122 78 35 241
LANTUS 121 53 36 55
ALLOPURINOL 121 110 36 32
LEVETIRACETAM 120 64 38 125
NAMENDA 119 119 39 41
GLIPIZIDE ER 117 95 40 108
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 114 63 S3 41 126
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 109 80 42 57
CITALOPRAM HBR 108 82 43 17
TRAMADOL HCL 105 54 44 26
CHLORZOXAZONE 104 58 R 45 317
EXELON 103 98 46 104
LOVASTATIN 99 64 47 66
NEXIUM 97 50 48 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 95 69 49 70
DIOVAN 94 70 50 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 94 74 50 20
FAMOTIDINE 92 63 52 99
AMOXICILLIN 89 56 53 113
NAPROXEN 88 65 54 97
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 87 52 55 77
CRESTOR 87 69 55 22
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 86 47 R 57 50
RISPERIDONE 83 83 58 82
HUMULIN 70-30 77 77 59 229
PROMETHAZINE HCL 75 33 R 60 54
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 73 66 61 96
INSULIN SYRINGE 72 56 62 75
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 69 53 63 91
PREDNISONE 68 38 64 40
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 61 64 34
MECLIZINE HCL 68 51 64 124
TRAZODONE HCL 66 31 67 38
VENTOLIN HFA 65 11 68 101
NIFEDICAL XL 65 45 68 273
PROMETHAZINE VC 64 22 R 70 359
AZITHROMYCIN 64 35 70 39
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 64 47 70 174
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 44 73 58
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 16 74 140
NYSTATIN 61 48 74 95
NOVOLOG 60 23 76 129
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 46 77 64
IBUPROFEN 58 20 78 79
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 38 79 73
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 55 53 80 44
DILTIAZEM HCL 54 35 81 217
DILTIAZEM ER 54 36 81 136
BUSPIRONE HCL 54 37 81 102
CARISOPRODOL 54 31 R 81 146
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 54 48 81 111
GEMFIBROZIL 52 40 86 122
LIDODERM 52 37 86 134
INDOMETHACIN 50 38 R 88 290
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 Feb. 24, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.