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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,569Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 682

$1.48M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 682

820 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

3% of this provider’s 820 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 820 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 19,730 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$66 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,065 939 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 717 676 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 682 594 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 617 557 4 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 488 418 5 14
FUROSEMIDE 473 398 6 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 437 360 S3 7 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 432 404 8 10
METFORMIN HCL 392 335 9 8
LISINOPRIL 389 376 10 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 369 345 11 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 331 283 12 15
SYNTHROID 320 306 13 59
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 319 282 14 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 280 261 15 11
GABAPENTIN 278 225 16 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 264 233 17 17
NAMENDA 254 253 18 41
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 244 226 19 57
NEXIUM 239 207 20 19
PAROXETINE HCL 228 183 21 53
MELOXICAM 226 194 22 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 224 206 23 29
CARVEDILOL 221 195 24 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 192 25 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 215 210 26 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 203 193 27 13
MIRTAZAPINE 199 199 28 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 193 193 29 30
SERTRALINE HCL 189 175 30 24
CLONIDINE HCL 185 177 31 48
CRESTOR 184 177 32 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 178 150 33 21
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 166 119 R 34 50
ATENOLOL 165 155 35 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 161 146 36 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 160 145 37 33
DIOVAN 157 135 38 42
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 156 141 39 91
LOVASTATIN 151 132 40 66
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 150 122 41 44
TRAZODONE HCL 145 128 42 38
DIOVAN HCT 141 115 43 109
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 137 93 44 216
DIGOXIN 132 124 45 46
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 128 127 46 87
PLAVIX 126 121 47 35
CELEBREX 126 119 47 80
ALLOPURINOL 125 122 49 32
CLOPIDOGREL 123 118 50 25
TRAMADOL HCL 120 116 51 26
SPIRIVA 118 103 52 49
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 116 108 53 107
LORAZEPAM 114 103 54 158
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 112 108 55 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 109 96 56 36
VYTORIN 108 91 57 145
JANUVIA 106 100 58 62
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 101 58 37
SEROQUEL 102 86 60 193
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 100 82 61 149
SINGULAIR 98 73 62 63
ESTRADIOL 91 65 R 63 152
CYMBALTA 90 61 64 51
LANSOPRAZOLE 90 87 64 85
BYSTOLIC 89 81 66 118
LEVOFLOXACIN 89 77 66 70
TIZANIDINE HCL 88 61 68 83
LOVAZA 86 72 69 106
LIPITOR 82 75 70 92
PREDNISONE 81 66 71 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 79 75 72 73
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 76 39 R 73 65
AZITHROMYCIN 75 62 74 39
ZETIA 71 66 75 69
MECLIZINE HCL 69 68 76 124
GLIMEPIRIDE 69 65 76 43
PROAIR HFA 68 58 78 45
PREMARIN 67 51 R 79 132
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66 66 80 119
EXELON 65 65 81 104
FENTANYL 65 64 S2 81 86
BENICAR 64 53 83 202
CEPHALEXIN 63 53 84 128
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 63 22 84 173
LANTUS 61 37 86 55
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 61 57 86 77
GLIPIZIDE 60 60 88 61
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 59 59 89 114
METFORMIN HCL ER 57 45 90 68
NITROFURANTOIN 57 51 90 233
NIFEDIPINE ER 57 57 90 144
NAPROXEN 56 51 93 97
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 53 94 31
BUSPIRONE HCL 55 34 94 102
BUPROPION HCL SR 53 42 96 198
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 52 39 97 112
TRILIPIX 52 39 97 192
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 51 47 99 127
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 2, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.