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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,124Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 145 out of 682

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 73 out of 682

401 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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
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this specialty
in Kentucky
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 401 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 401 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 12,961 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$81 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 763 713 S3 1 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 552 530 2 17
NAMENDA 483 483 3 41
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 427 419 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 403 345 5 5
LISINOPRIL 347 285 6 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 325 325 7 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 278 267 8 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 262 237 9 16
FUROSEMIDE 262 254 9 7
GABAPENTIN 211 181 11 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 201 196 12 14
CRESTOR 200 164 13 22
METFORMIN HCL 190 151 14 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 189 167 15 15
EXELON 185 185 16 104
JANUVIA 170 158 17 62
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 167 153 18 10
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 166 163 19 139
BUSPIRONE HCL 159 155 20 102
TRAZODONE HCL 159 141 20 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 151 137 22 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 146 135 23 21
ATENOLOL 144 139 24 18
VOLTAREN 133 129 25 284
NEXIUM 127 97 26 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 122 109 27 13
SIMVASTATIN 116 98 28 4
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 110 109 29 31
ALLOPURINOL 106 101 30 32
SPIRONOLACTONE 105 104 31 64
NYSTATIN 97 96 32 95
PERMETHRIN 96 87 33 327
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 91 86 34 142
AZITHROMYCIN 85 71 35 39
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 85 84 35 87
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 81 77 37 121
SPIRIVA 80 73 38 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 79 68 39 29
CLOPIDOGREL 78 73 40 25
BUMETANIDE 77 77 41 115
DIGOXIN 76 75 42 46
MEGESTROL ACETATE 74 74 R 43 165
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 72 44 33
HYDRALAZINE HCL 71 62 45 74
PLAVIX 71 65 45 35
SERTRALINE HCL 68 50 47 24
LANTUS 67 50 48 55
ARICEPT 67 67 48 361
PROCRIT 65 65 50 325
VICTOZA 2-PAK 62 46 51 434
CARVEDILOL 62 62 51 23
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 59 53 58
LIDODERM 61 60 53 134
LACTULOSE 60 52 55 100
LEVOFLOXACIN 59 59 56 70
CYMBALTA 59 50 56 51
KLOR-CON 10 57 57 58 148
RANITIDINE HCL 57 56 58 28
LYRICA 57 57 58 78
TAMIFLU 57 53 58 332
CEFTRIAXONE 56 55 62 261
NOVOLIN R 55 48 63 167
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 47 64 34
MIRTAZAPINE 54 49 64 52
PREDNISONE 53 52 66 40
AMITIZA 52 34 67 286
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 52 52 67 215
RIVASTIGMINE 52 52 67 295
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 25 70 47
RISPERIDONE 51 51 70 82
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 50 50 72 11
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 Dec. 7, 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.