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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,817Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 305 out of 682

$504K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 289 out of 682

494 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
5% 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

6% of this provider’s 494 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 7,399 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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 541 522 1 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 409 398 2 12
FENOFIBRATE 254 239 3 76
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 242 237 4 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 232 228 5 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 215 203 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 211 201 7 8
HYDRALAZINE HCL 202 202 8 74
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 199 190 9 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 190 169 10 11
VITAMIN D2 176 166 11 206
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 174 174 12 37
LISINOPRIL 165 161 13 2
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 160 14 56
CRESTOR 156 153 15 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 134 16 34
OMEPRAZOLE 150 140 17 5
FUROSEMIDE 118 118 18 7
GLYBURIDE 101 96 R 19 72
TRICOR 92 91 20 94
DIOVAN HCT 88 82 21 109
NEXIUM 88 88 21 19
MELOXICAM 82 78 23 27
GEMFIBROZIL 76 62 24 122
ALLOPURINOL 76 76 24 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 75 75 26 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 74 74 27 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 71 68 28 17
DIOVAN 71 62 28 42
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 71 58 S3 28 1
BYSTOLIC 69 69 31 118
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 67 32 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 57 49 33 14
SERTRALINE HCL 54 52 34 24
AZITHROMYCIN 51 47 35 39
GABAPENTIN 50 35 36 9
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 Nov. 29, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.