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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,030Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 344 out of 682

$513K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 286 out of 682

378 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
9% 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

11% of this provider’s 378 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 6,472 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
SIMVASTATIN 434 420 1 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 274 255 2 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 272 254 3 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 246 238 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 215 207 5 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 184 167 6 12
LISINOPRIL 166 157 7 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 161 146 8 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 152 123 S3 9 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 149 132 10 16
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 135 11 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 137 123 12 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 118 106 13 13
ALLOPURINOL 115 115 14 32
FUROSEMIDE 113 83 15 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 112 100 16 20
METFORMIN HCL 110 97 17 8
CRESTOR 99 75 18 22
SERTRALINE HCL 90 85 19 24
OMEPRAZOLE 85 81 20 5
MELOXICAM 85 85 20 27
ZETIA 81 71 22 69
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 68 22 37
DIOVAN HCT 80 80 24 109
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 74 70 25 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 73 73 26 30
NEXIUM 70 69 27 19
CELEBREX 69 69 28 80
QUINAPRIL HCL 68 60 29 138
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 64 64 30 77
FENOFIBRATE 63 45 31 76
DIOVAN 62 59 32 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 60 33 33
VYTORIN 58 58 34 145
RAMIPRIL 54 54 35 81
LIPITOR 52 52 36 92
ATENOLOL 50 50 37 18
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 Jan. 11, 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.