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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,743Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 682

$1.71M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 682

854 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

9% of this provider’s 854 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 854 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 18,635 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 1,387 743 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 941 633 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 920 643 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 877 653 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 856 615 5 4
LISINOPRIL 657 466 6 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 585 421 7 14
GABAPENTIN 571 314 8 9
ATENOLOL 528 361 9 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 429 249 10 17
METFORMIN HCL 401 281 11 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 396 314 12 6
CLOPIDOGREL 354 265 13 25
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 337 136 14 107
TAMSULOSIN HCL 326 231 15 33
CARVEDILOL 319 248 16 23
NEXIUM 317 165 17 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 291 253 18 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 283 157 19 21
CRESTOR 276 165 20 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 275 182 21 15
TRAZODONE HCL 248 140 22 38
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 248 94 R 22 65
TRAMADOL HCL 248 157 22 26
PROAIR HFA 239 91 25 45
NAMENDA 239 229 25 41
CYMBALTA 235 116 27 51
PLAVIX 228 176 28 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 227 194 29 31
MELOXICAM 218 161 30 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 217 138 31 11
CEFPROZIL 211 144 10 32 260
PREDNISONE 203 156 33 40
DEXAMETHASONE 202 130 34 303
ROPINIROLE HCL 196 92 35 71
PROMETHAZINE HCL 195 123 R 36 54
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 194 148 37 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 188 134 38 87
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 183 160 39 84
ADVAIR DISKUS 182 102 40 47
LANTUS 182 150 40 55
TORSEMIDE 180 150 42 155
SPIRIVA 174 95 43 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 167 120 44 16
SERTRALINE HCL 159 110 45 24
KLOR-CON M20 159 126 45 67
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 153 104 47 73
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 86 48 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 114 49 12
SYMBICORT 136 66 50 117
MIRTAZAPINE 134 116 51 52
RANITIDINE HCL 132 50 52 28
INSULIN SYRINGE 130 106 53 75
BACLOFEN 127 60 54 130
DONEPEZIL HCL 126 114 55 30
LEVOFLOXACIN 125 92 56 70
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 123 74 57 110
GLIMEPIRIDE 121 70 58 43
TOPIRAMATE 120 11 59 150
ALLOPURINOL 116 73 60 32
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 116 39 S2 60 98
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 116 78 60 111
TIZANIDINE HCL 113 24 63 83
IBUPROFEN 112 60 64 79
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 106 48 65 44
TRICOR 103 56 66 94
DIGOXIN 100 90 67 46
PREMARIN 97 63 R 68 132
SINGULAIR 96 53 69 63
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 95 52 70 140
FENOFIBRATE 94 42 71 76
PEN NEEDLE 94 50 71 159
PROPRANOLOL HCL 90 46 73 141
NYSTATIN 90 74 73 95
OXYCODONE HCL 89 0 S2 75 93
FLUOXETINE HCL 88 37 76 60
VERAPAMIL ER 88 61 76 116
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 61 78 20
METOLAZONE 87 61 78 229
NIASPAN 85 47 80 133
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 84 35 81 221
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 84 75 81 121
ALPRAZOLAM 82 49 83 90
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 77 84 56
ENDOCET 79 34 S2 85 88
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 79 69 R 85 177
AMIODARONE HCL 79 61 85 170
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 78 65 88 96
CELEBREX 78 56 88 80
BYSTOLIC 77 46 90 118
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 41 91 57
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 76 39 91 203
TEMAZEPAM 75 46 93 247
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 66 93 37
LYRICA 75 20 93 78
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 74 0 96 346
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 72 49 97 123
CLONIDINE HCL 72 32 97 48
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 71 56 R 99 50
RISPERIDONE 71 18 99 82
GLIPIZIDE 70 41 101 61
KLOR-CON 10 70 49 101 148
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 70 25 101 174
RANEXA 70 58 101 223
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 69 30 105 112
VENTOLIN HFA 68 33 106 101
EXELON 67 67 107 104
METFORMIN HCL ER 66 66 108 68
RAMIPRIL 66 66 108 81
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 66 30 S3 108 425
SEROQUEL 64 49 111 193
PAROXETINE HCL 63 20 112 53
SYNTHROID 61 33 113 59
DIOVAN 60 52 114 42
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 59 36 115 103
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 36 115 36
JANUVIA 59 18 115 62
ACTOS 58 50 118 151
NAPROXEN 58 25 118 97
NITROSTAT 58 49 118 161
MEGESTROL ACETATE 57 53 R 121 165
BENICAR HCT 56 56 122 259
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 55 36 123 173
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 55 43 123 220
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 54 42 125 381
FENTANYL 54 27 S2 125 86
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 21 127 114
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 53 42 127 190
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 52 33 129 196
HYDROXYZINE HCL 52 25 R 129 187
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 52 38 129 252
DETROL LA 52 18 129 226
MECLIZINE HCL 51 40 133 124
AVODART 51 32 133 211
FAMOTIDINE 51 19 133 99
CEPHALEXIN 50 33 136 128
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 7, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.