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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,023Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 88 out of 682

$976K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 112 out of 682

459 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 459 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 459 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 15,038 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
LISINOPRIL 815 641 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 547 443 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 454 403 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 448 373 4 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 442 325 5 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 415 295 S3 6 1
SIMVASTATIN 410 315 7 4
LACTULOSE 388 371 8 100
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 379 343 9 10
RANITIDINE HCL 370 276 10 28
METFORMIN HCL 368 235 11 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 305 264 12 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 302 254 13 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 282 282 14 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 262 218 15 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 258 211 16 33
NAMENDA 247 247 17 41
WARFARIN SODIUM 232 216 18 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 228 197 19 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 222 181 20 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 216 169 21 36
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 215 176 22 84
GABAPENTIN 204 166 23 9
CLOPIDOGREL 202 151 24 25
TRAZODONE HCL 199 132 25 38
RISPERIDONE 189 167 26 82
MIRTAZAPINE 188 163 27 52
EXELON 172 172 28 104
ATENOLOL 169 124 29 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 168 127 30 20
PAROXETINE HCL 160 126 31 53
LIDODERM 159 157 32 134
PLAVIX 159 127 32 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 158 74 34 21
SERTRALINE HCL 146 132 35 24
DIOVAN 143 117 36 42
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 143 127 36 44
CITALOPRAM HBR 140 110 38 17
DIGOXIN 127 104 39 46
CARVEDILOL 114 91 40 23
GLIPIZIDE ER 114 99 40 108
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 92 42 73
SPIRIVA 111 85 43 49
PROMETHAZINE HCL 110 65 R 44 54
ROPINIROLE HCL 109 90 45 71
GLIPIZIDE 107 86 46 61
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 106 106 47 121
CYMBALTA 105 71 48 51
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 102 63 49 111
NOVOLIN 70-30 100 81 50 189
TRAMADOL HCL 97 71 51 26
TRICOR 97 64 51 94
ADVAIR DISKUS 97 64 51 47
OXYCODONE HCL 95 25 S2 54 93
GLYBURIDE 93 51 R 55 72
NEXIUM 92 63 56 19
CRESTOR 90 90 57 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 88 65 58 11
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 85 21 S2 59 98
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 85 70 R 59 197
PROAIR HFA 77 43 61 45
ALLOPURINOL 76 76 62 32
PREDNISONE 74 58 63 40
IBUPROFEN 73 50 64 79
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 54 64 75
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 51 66 29
AGGRENOX 69 50 67 255
CLONIDINE HCL 68 43 68 48
SINGULAIR 68 46 68 63
MELOXICAM 65 65 70 27
NAPROXEN 64 44 71 97
MECLIZINE HCL 64 53 71 124
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 64 46 S2 71 120
LANTUS 63 38 74 55
FAMOTIDINE 62 47 75 99
SODIUM CHLORIDE 60 58 76 209
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 60 59 R 76 328
DOXEPIN HCL 58 58 78 205
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 58 58 78 87
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 52 80 58
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 56 81 89
CILOSTAZOL 56 33 81 183
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 18 R 83 50
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 54 21 R 84 65
NOVOLIN R 54 53 84 167
HUMULIN 70-30 53 43 86 229
BACLOFEN 53 36 86 130
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52 43 88 190
FENTANYL 50 0 S2 89 86
CEFUROXIME 50 50 89 164
ALPRAZOLAM 50 14 89 90
HALOPERIDOL 50 50 89 238
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 Oct. 4, 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.