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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,384Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 682

$1.81M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 682

900 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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
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this specialty
in Kentucky
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 900 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 900 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 29,481 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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 1,480 1,219 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,120 990 2 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,043 974 3 13
FUROSEMIDE 1,013 894 4 7
LISINOPRIL 992 854 5 2
SIMVASTATIN 903 807 6 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 804 680 7 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 774 704 8 3
GABAPENTIN 637 519 9 9
METFORMIN HCL 617 521 10 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 559 498 11 10
TRAZODONE HCL 496 404 12 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 484 386 13 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 482 391 14 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 460 450 15 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 451 388 16 14
CARVEDILOL 447 401 17 23
CLONIDINE HCL 401 313 18 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 397 343 19 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 372 316 20 6
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 347 316 21 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 344 268 22 20
ALLOPURINOL 338 281 23 32
DIGOXIN 333 305 24 46
NAMENDA 332 326 25 41
SPIRONOLACTONE 286 224 26 64
LYRICA 269 252 27 78
ATENOLOL 262 235 28 18
CLOPIDOGREL 262 239 28 25
LANTUS 256 204 30 55
CYMBALTA 250 181 31 51
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 244 210 32 29
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 242 229 33 57
SERTRALINE HCL 241 221 34 24
PROMETHAZINE HCL 228 167 R 35 54
MIRTAZAPINE 220 215 36 52
BUSPIRONE HCL 219 170 37 102
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 218 208 38 87
GLIPIZIDE 218 186 38 61
NEXIUM 216 139 40 19
PLAVIX 215 188 41 35
BUMETANIDE 207 160 42 115
FAMOTIDINE 205 180 43 99
DIOVAN 202 195 44 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 194 155 45 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 193 183 46 33
PAROXETINE HCL 184 166 47 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 184 167 47 11
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 180 164 49 58
ROPINIROLE HCL 177 153 50 71
TRAMADOL HCL 159 141 51 26
GLIPIZIDE ER 156 127 52 108
SOTALOL 152 131 53 218
VERAPAMIL ER 146 142 54 116
LOVASTATIN 145 134 55 66
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 144 133 56 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 138 120 57 73
SULINDAC 137 107 58 264
MELOXICAM 136 89 59 27
RANITIDINE HCL 134 122 60 28
TERAZOSIN HCL 128 104 61 171
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 128 127 61 156
FENTANYL 127 112 S2 63 86
CEFDINIR 127 118 63 157
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 126 102 65 36
NYSTATIN 126 115 65 95
QUINAPRIL HCL 125 91 67 138
PREDNISONE 125 109 67 40
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 124 119 69 123
NOVOLOG 120 93 70 129
NYSTOP 119 110 71 282
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 100 72 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 106 73 56
INSULIN SYRINGE 109 76 74 75
SEROQUEL 108 107 75 193
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 107 90 76 91
LEVETIRACETAM 106 87 77 125
AMOXICILLIN 103 87 78 113
ABILIFY 102 86 79 179
FLUOXETINE HCL 101 90 80 60
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 100 79 81 137
GLYBURIDE 99 94 R 82 72
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 97 84 83 263
KLOR-CON M20 95 92 84 67
SPIRIVA 95 91 84 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 79 84 47
SUCRALFATE 93 69 87 160
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 93 84 87 180
CEPHALEXIN 92 80 89 128
DICYCLOMINE HCL 90 52 90 214
CRESTOR 85 60 91 22
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 85 71 91 121
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 84 65 93 84
METHOCARBAMOL 81 54 R 94 163
LACTULOSE 80 77 95 100
RISPERIDONE 80 80 95 82
LIDODERM 80 78 95 134
RAMIPRIL 79 64 98 81
FINASTERIDE 78 78 99 131
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 49 S2 100 120
IRBESARTAN 76 61 101 234
MECLIZINE HCL 75 75 102 124
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 75 61 102 119
SINGULAIR 74 56 104 63
METFORMIN HCL ER 72 65 105 68
PROAIR HFA 71 51 106 45
SYNTHROID 70 60 107 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 70 107 37
DILTIAZEM ER 70 55 107 136
IBUPROFEN 69 59 110 79
LANSOPRAZOLE 68 36 111 85
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 67 51 S3 112 126
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 67 55 112 203
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 67 57 112 103
GLIMEPIRIDE 66 66 115 43
LEVOFLOXACIN 66 63 115 70
VENTOLIN HFA 66 42 115 101
TOPIRAMATE 66 56 115 150
AZITHROMYCIN 64 57 119 39
CELEBREX 63 47 120 80
PROPRANOLOL HCL 62 38 121 141
NOVOLIN R 61 59 122 167
EXELON 61 61 122 104
PREMARIN 61 56 R 122 132
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 52 125 114
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 49 R 126 65
AMIODARONE HCL 59 48 126 170
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 57 53 128 316
LOPERAMIDE 56 52 129 253
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 40 R 130 50
CALCITONIN-SALMON 55 54 130 269
VENLAFAXINE HCL 54 49 132 225
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 53 46 133 127
KLOR-CON M10 52 52 134 186
TIZANIDINE HCL 51 24 135 83
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 40 136 140
WELCHOL 50 49 136 232
OLANZAPINE 50 50 136 168
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.