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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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54,029Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 682

$2.99M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 682

1,285 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

11% of this provider’s 1,285 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 1,285 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 44,977 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 1,983 1,573 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,841 1,586 2 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,633 1,388 3 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,568 1,376 4 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,469 1,233 5 14
LISINOPRIL 1,363 1,141 6 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,335 1,198 7 10
NAMENDA 1,287 1,206 8 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,254 1,136 9 6
OMEPRAZOLE 1,167 1,012 10 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,162 1,104 11 30
MIRTAZAPINE 1,082 999 12 52
SIMVASTATIN 1,047 840 13 4
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 993 845 14 84
GABAPENTIN 890 660 15 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 856 740 16 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 609 526 17 31
RISPERIDONE 606 526 18 82
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 586 517 19 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 556 500 20 44
LANTUS 529 412 21 55
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 513 474 22 139
TRAZODONE HCL 497 402 23 38
NYSTATIN 485 401 24 95
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 456 385 25 87
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 430 373 26 16
SERTRALINE HCL 418 354 27 24
CARVEDILOL 418 361 27 23
NOVOLOG 409 328 29 129
MUPIROCIN 407 371 30 166
HYDRALAZINE HCL 399 345 31 74
CLOPIDOGREL 391 346 32 25
LACTULOSE 376 291 33 100
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 375 334 34 73
METFORMIN HCL 374 260 35 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 368 332 36 33
LEVETIRACETAM 362 270 37 125
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 337 272 38 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 333 264 39 11
LEVOFLOXACIN 318 282 40 70
CYMBALTA 316 213 41 51
PREDNISONE 291 263 42 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 280 220 43 12
BUMETANIDE 279 242 44 115
PLAVIX 278 245 45 35
PROMETHAZINE HCL 270 185 R 46 54
DIGOXIN 268 227 47 46
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 261 240 48 121
SANTYL 254 240 49 245
ADVAIR DISKUS 243 159 50 47
ATENOLOL 242 208 51 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 238 147 52 60
EXELON 236 235 53 104
ALLOPURINOL 231 216 54 32
GLYCOPYRROLATE 231 217 10 54 300
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 229 190 56 103
BACLOFEN 222 95 57 130
FAMOTIDINE 217 186 58 99
NEXIUM 217 155 58 19
SPIRONOLACTONE 211 145 60 64
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 207 123 61 15
OLANZAPINE 203 171 62 168
LIDODERM 201 190 63 134
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 199 182 64 156
NOVOLIN R 193 130 65 167
SEROQUEL 192 172 66 193
PAROXETINE HCL 183 159 67 53
RANITIDINE HCL 183 163 67 28
TRAMADOL HCL 181 162 69 26
SPIRIVA 171 134 70 49
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 170 149 71 137
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 170 153 71 20
CRESTOR 168 124 73 22
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 166 130 74 110
BUSPIRONE HCL 165 135 75 102
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 160 132 76 58
LEXAPRO 159 121 77 222
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 159 48 R 77 65
FENTANYL 158 123 S2 79 86
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 158 131 79 111
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 157 132 81 140
KLOR-CON M20 143 124 82 67
FLUCONAZOLE 143 114 82 154
GLIPIZIDE 143 119 82 61
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 141 132 85 221
AMIODARONE HCL 139 133 86 170
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 138 131 87 204
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 138 75 87 114
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 136 79 S2 89 98
JANTOVEN 136 119 89 208
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 135 120 S2 91 120
MELOXICAM 128 88 92 27
AZITHROMYCIN 128 106 92 39
ONDANSETRON HCL 126 98 94 195
LANSOPRAZOLE 125 121 95 85
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 124 116 96 246
CLONIDINE HCL 123 103 97 48
FINASTERIDE 121 118 98 131
SINGULAIR 120 107 99 63
CEFTRIAXONE 118 112 100 261
LAMOTRIGINE 118 84 100 210
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 116 90 102 180
PERMETHRIN 114 96 103 327
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 113 98 104 203
NYSTOP 112 89 105 282
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 111 93 106 37
CEPHALEXIN 111 89 106 128
TIZANIDINE HCL 110 0 108 83
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 109 102 109 119
COMBIVENT 105 72 110 105
SODIUM CHLORIDE 101 87 111 209
LIDOCAINE HCL 101 96 111 266
ABILIFY 100 84 113 179
METRONIDAZOLE 98 82 114 254
LEVEMIR 97 81 115 185
HYDROCORTISONE 97 56 115 267
DIOVAN 95 79 117 42
TOPIRAMATE 94 19 118 150
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 89 118 36
RIVASTIGMINE 93 93 120 295
VENLAFAXINE HCL 90 68 121 225
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 89 52 122 215
PRADAXA 85 79 123 231
JANUVIA 85 83 123 62
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 84 66 125 212
VENTOLIN HFA 84 27 125 101
GALANTAMINE HBR 83 73 127 288
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80 30 R 128 50
BENAZEPRIL HCL 79 73 129 89
SYMBICORT 79 57 129 117
LOVASTATIN 78 64 131 66
NIASPAN 78 76 131 133
LATANOPROST 77 70 133 277
NOVOLIN 70-30 76 44 134 189
ALPRAZOLAM 75 25 135 90
DILTIAZEM HCL 75 63 135 217
LYRICA 74 59 137 78
LIPITOR 73 51 138 92
OXCARBAZEPINE 73 71 138 329
GLIPIZIDE ER 72 72 140 108
ENABLEX 72 44 140 274
HYDROXYZINE HCL 71 60 R 142 187
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 70 68 143 413
VANCOMYCIN HCL 69 51 144 300
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 69 60 144 173
GENERLAC 68 50 146 270
CARBAMAZEPINE 66 58 147 251
TRAVATAN Z 66 66 147 303
NITROFURANTOIN 66 44 147 233
BUDESONIDE 66 59 147 296
WATER 65 62 151 427
BUPROPION HCL SR 64 53 152 198
CILOSTAZOL 64 43 152 183
DILTIAZEM ER 63 55 154 136
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 63 41 154 127
METHOTREXATE 61 56 156 248
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 61 0 S2 156 437
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 57 156 123
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 60 159 71
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 60 53 159 149
LOPERAMIDE 60 50 159 253
MORPHINE SULFATE 58 56 S2 162 326
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 57 49 163 220
KLOR-CON 10 55 36 164 148
ESTRADIOL 55 48 R 164 152
BUPROPION HCL 54 47 166 342
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 54 40 166 96
NYAMYC 53 52 168 456
HALOPERIDOL 53 48 168 238
AMOXICILLIN 53 45 168 113
ZYPREXA 53 44 168 368
NUEDEXTA 52 52 172 461
PROPRANOLOL HCL 52 27 172 141
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 51 51 174 176
LOVAZA 51 39 174 106
HUMALOG 51 41 174 213
GLUCAGEN 51 44 174 373
TRICOR 51 48 174 94
SEROQUEL XR 51 16 174 257
AZELASTINE HCL 50 47 180 306
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50 45 180 112
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 50 50 180 381
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, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.