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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,242Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 54 out of 682

$1.47M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 682

594 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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 594 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 594 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 19,873 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

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 779 720 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 742 681 2 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 732 658 S3 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 642 595 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 571 518 5 6
LISINOPRIL 543 508 6 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 492 475 7 12
CARVEDILOL 435 390 8 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 420 387 9 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 411 388 10 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 346 332 11 30
NAMENDA 323 312 12 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 307 263 13 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 302 276 14 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 282 248 15 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 272 237 16 21
SERTRALINE HCL 263 262 17 24
FUROSEMIDE 262 217 18 7
METFORMIN HCL 255 206 19 8
FENTANYL 253 232 S2 20 86
TRAMADOL HCL 248 220 21 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 248 223 21 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 235 210 23 29
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 229 207 24 56
GABAPENTIN 224 193 25 9
LANTUS 210 186 26 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 197 197 27 37
MIRTAZAPINE 195 188 28 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 190 189 29 20
CLOPIDOGREL 184 165 30 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 178 172 31 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 177 137 32 64
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 176 172 33 77
NEXIUM 172 134 34 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 164 157 35 15
TORSEMIDE 163 163 36 155
PLAVIX 142 129 37 35
SPIRIVA 141 126 38 49
ALLOPURINOL 139 123 39 32
CEFUROXIME 138 130 40 164
EXELON 137 137 41 104
TRAZODONE HCL 135 110 42 38
CYMBALTA 133 88 43 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 133 129 43 47
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 131 121 45 84
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 126 126 46 44
AZITHROMYCIN 125 109 47 39
JANUVIA 125 120 47 62
RAMIPRIL 124 120 49 81
PREDNISONE 123 111 50 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 122 96 51 73
ALPRAZOLAM 114 95 52 90
ABILIFY 111 38 53 179
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 111 91 53 14
ATENOLOL 110 87 55 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 105 94 56 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 100 93 57 43
DIOVAN HCT 97 88 58 109
ROPINIROLE HCL 97 95 58 71
MELOXICAM 95 85 60 27
PROMETHAZINE HCL 95 82 R 60 54
LIPITOR 91 84 62 92
DIOVAN 87 86 63 42
PAROXETINE HCL 87 86 63 53
CLONIDINE HCL 87 81 63 48
DIGOXIN 83 79 66 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 80 67 33
NOVOLOG 80 72 67 129
KLOR-CON M20 79 74 69 67
CLONAZEPAM 77 64 70 194
CRESTOR 76 55 71 22
LORAZEPAM 71 64 72 158
AMIODARONE HCL 71 71 72 170
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 70 58 74 140
TEKTURNA 70 68 74 243
GLIPIZIDE 69 50 76 61
SINGULAIR 69 59 76 63
PROAIR HFA 69 64 76 45
MUPIROCIN 67 56 79 166
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65 52 80 114
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64 64 81 89
LOVASTATIN 63 63 82 66
ESTRADIOL 63 55 R 82 152
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 63 54 82 112
LYRICA 62 53 85 78
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 37 86 60
CELEBREX 60 58 87 80
AVELOX 59 53 88 314
RISPERIDONE 59 58 88 82
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 56 54 90 149
PEN NEEDLE 54 42 91 159
LEXAPRO 54 47 91 222
RANITIDINE HCL 54 52 91 28
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 53 50 94 127
HYDROXYZINE HCL 53 29 R 94 187
FINASTERIDE 53 53 94 131
QUINAPRIL HCL 51 51 97 138
TRICOR 50 46 98 94
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 Feb. 28, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.