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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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35,048Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 682

$1.77M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 682

1,142 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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

6% of this provider’s 1,142 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 1,142 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 27,461 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 2,315 1,555 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,215 892 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 983 755 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 899 719 4 5
METFORMIN HCL 851 604 5 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 833 711 6 6
SIMVASTATIN 812 668 7 4
GABAPENTIN 785 636 8 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 772 598 9 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 712 646 10 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 708 652 11 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 635 537 12 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 612 477 13 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 512 448 14 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 481 355 15 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 425 369 16 29
HYDRALAZINE HCL 391 289 17 74
NEXIUM 385 265 18 19
RANITIDINE HCL 382 242 19 28
ATENOLOL 369 266 20 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 368 265 21 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 345 283 22 20
CARVEDILOL 335 301 23 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 331 286 24 21
AZITHROMYCIN 311 231 25 39
CLOPIDOGREL 310 244 26 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 287 197 27 33
GLIMEPIRIDE 285 196 28 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 281 281 29 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 279 234 30 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 266 252 31 16
PREDNISONE 260 188 32 40
DIGOXIN 254 228 33 46
CRESTOR 253 189 34 22
ALLOPURINOL 249 207 35 32
PROMETHAZINE HCL 239 159 R 36 54
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 236 196 37 36
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 226 225 38 44
SERTRALINE HCL 222 187 39 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 220 184 40 31
PLAVIX 203 168 41 35
FENTANYL 201 188 S2 42 86
LOVASTATIN 196 119 43 66
SPIRONOLACTONE 183 163 44 64
FLUOXETINE HCL 183 134 44 60
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 178 119 46 56
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 175 162 47 91
PROAIR HFA 174 91 48 45
JANUVIA 173 140 49 62
ZETIA 167 135 50 69
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 156 129 51 73
DIOVAN 147 122 52 42
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 147 120 52 103
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 146 128 54 87
TRAMADOL HCL 144 134 55 26
NAMENDA 144 144 55 41
LANSOPRAZOLE 142 133 57 85
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 139 125 58 58
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 139 110 58 127
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 136 94 R 60 50
FELODIPINE ER 134 116 61 191
INSULIN SYRINGE 131 102 62 75
LACTULOSE 126 118 63 100
RAMIPRIL 126 107 63 81
RISPERIDONE 125 124 65 82
LEVOFLOXACIN 121 100 66 70
NOVOLIN 70-30 118 118 67 189
PAROXETINE HCL 117 74 68 53
DIOVAN HCT 116 82 69 109
CLONIDINE HCL 115 64 70 48
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 111 41 S3 71 126
MELOXICAM 106 61 72 27
MEGESTROL ACETATE 106 102 R 72 165
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 106 42 R 72 65
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 101 77 S2 75 98
SPIRIVA 101 78 75 49
FINASTERIDE 99 47 77 131
LIDODERM 96 87 78 134
SYNTHROID 96 92 78 59
LYRICA 95 52 80 78
NYSTATIN 95 85 80 95
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 95 95 80 121
MIRTAZAPINE 94 90 83 52
LANTUS 94 67 83 55
NAPROXEN 92 36 85 97
PEN NEEDLE 92 77 85 159
LOVAZA 90 43 87 106
GLYBURIDE 86 78 R 88 72
ROPINIROLE HCL 85 57 89 71
CAPTOPRIL 85 63 89 397
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 59 91 47
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 78 63 92 162
MECLIZINE HCL 78 67 92 124
GLIPIZIDE 76 71 94 61
AMOXICILLIN 76 58 94 113
BENICAR 76 65 94 202
CARISOPRODOL 75 22 R 97 146
TRAZODONE HCL 75 60 97 38
TIZANIDINE HCL 75 44 97 83
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 74 65 100 149
DILTIAZEM HCL 73 62 101 217
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 73 70 101 190
METFORMIN HCL ER 72 61 103 68
ALPRAZOLAM 72 58 103 90
SINGULAIR 72 44 103 63
VERAPAMIL ER 72 69 103 116
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 53 107 37
CYMBALTA 68 58 108 51
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 67 44 109 112
DICYCLOMINE HCL 66 41 110 214
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 65 63 111 156
CLONIDINE 65 53 111 299
CELEBREX 65 47 111 80
IBUPROFEN 65 45 111 79
BUSPIRONE HCL 62 56 115 102
NADOLOL 62 39 115 239
NOVOLIN R 62 61 115 167
PREMARIN 60 52 R 118 132
NITROFURANTOIN 60 50 118 233
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 59 36 120 77
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 43 121 119
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 53 121 141
MOEXIPRIL HCL 57 50 123 447
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 57 40 123 140
SYMBICORT 57 42 123 117
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 56 40 126 137
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 50 126 89
NITROSTAT 56 49 126 161
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 56 34 126 84
LIPITOR 56 50 126 92
CALCITONIN-SALMON 55 55 131 269
TRILIPIX 55 15 131 192
OLANZAPINE 54 28 133 168
BENICAR HCT 54 52 133 259
CEPHALEXIN 54 44 133 128
KLOR-CON M10 53 38 136 186
COMBIVENT 53 38 136 105
FLUCONAZOLE 53 39 136 154
TERAZOSIN HCL 52 43 139 171
JANUMET 51 31 140 200
LOPERAMIDE 51 29 140 253
EXELON 51 51 140 104
ENDOCET 50 39 S2 143 88
FENOFIBRATE 50 31 143 76
PRIMIDONE 50 49 143 228
TRICOR 50 47 143 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 Oct. 21, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.