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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,796Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 137 out of 682

$1.27M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 682

287 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
38%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

37% of this provider’s 287 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

41% of this provider’s 287 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,592 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$86 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

52 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 1,054 338 S3 1 1
GABAPENTIN 591 155 2 9
OXYCODONE HCL 563 113 S2 3 93
OMEPRAZOLE 513 204 4 5
CRESTOR 503 250 5 22
ROPINIROLE HCL 412 126 6 71
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 395 164 7 15
TIZANIDINE HCL 339 42 8 83
LYRICA 332 66 9 78
SPIRIVA 267 120 10 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 263 64 11 21
ENDOCET 243 65 S2 12 88
NEXIUM 242 54 13 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 235 134 14 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 231 96 15 20
SYMBICORT 227 109 16 117
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 225 103 17 3
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 211 103 18 37
BYSTOLIC 208 106 19 118
CLOPIDOGREL 205 111 20 25
FUROSEMIDE 204 95 21 7
NAMENDA 201 151 22 41
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 191 25 S2 23 98
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 185 124 24 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 177 60 25 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 176 86 26 64
LISINOPRIL 163 60 27 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 149 68 28 13
DEXILANT 148 54 29 201
CYMBALTA 140 22 30 51
PROAIR HFA 133 33 31 45
SINGULAIR 129 34 32 63
AZITHROMYCIN 129 40 32 39
PLAVIX 120 75 34 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 119 50 35 14
JANUVIA 111 37 36 62
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 110 60 37 196
TRAZODONE HCL 108 45 38 38
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 108 36 38 110
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 28 40 11
LANSOPRAZOLE 104 41 41 85
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 104 43 41 268
PROMETHAZINE HCL 103 0 R 43 54
METFORMIN HCL 102 56 44 8
LOVAZA 94 39 45 106
CEFDINIR 91 28 46 157
TRAMADOL HCL 90 34 47 26
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 88 19 48 112
TOPIRAMATE 84 0 49 150
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 78 0 R 50 65
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 75 0 R 51 50
FAMOTIDINE 74 50 52 99
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 26 53 33
CLONAZEPAM 70 48 54 194
PEN NEEDLE 63 40 55 159
DIGOXIN 60 36 56 46
PRIMIDONE 58 34 57 228
CARVEDILOL 57 30 58 23
MICARDIS HCT 56 39 59 378
DULERA 55 19 60 324
DALIRESP 54 20 61 334
SUCRALFATE 53 0 62 160
LIDODERM 52 25 63 134
SERTRALINE HCL 52 12 63 24
ALLOPURINOL 51 28 65 32
COLCRYS 51 34 65 241
BACLOFEN 51 16 65 130
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.