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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,543Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 95 out of 682

$985K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 109 out of 682

522 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

6% of this provider’s 522 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 522 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 13,608 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 639 442 S3 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 563 432 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 558 441 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 531 398 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 492 372 5 7
LISINOPRIL 461 351 6 2
METFORMIN HCL 458 274 7 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 451 346 8 15
SIMVASTATIN 451 367 8 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 357 255 10 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 340 240 11 34
GABAPENTIN 320 247 12 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 317 265 13 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 295 216 14 14
PREDNISONE 275 237 15 40
WARFARIN SODIUM 268 217 16 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 253 162 17 16
ATENOLOL 245 177 18 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223 189 19 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 197 177 20 37
TERAZOSIN HCL 196 164 21 171
NEXIUM 189 110 22 19
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 179 131 23 127
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 166 107 24 21
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 162 120 25 31
LOVASTATIN 156 111 26 66
GLIMEPIRIDE 152 123 27 43
TRAZODONE HCL 143 100 28 38
ALLOPURINOL 143 126 28 32
CRESTOR 139 89 30 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 139 118 30 11
SERTRALINE HCL 138 101 32 24
CLOPIDOGREL 138 102 32 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 130 125 34 33
TRAMADOL HCL 127 104 35 26
PLAVIX 125 92 36 35
AZITHROMYCIN 124 92 37 39
NAMENDA 122 122 38 41
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 87 39 147
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 120 100 39 29
CYMBALTA 120 44 39 51
ROPINIROLE HCL 119 95 42 71
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 115 66 R 43 50
FELODIPINE ER 110 92 44 191
LANTUS 108 105 45 55
CLONIDINE HCL 103 76 46 48
DONEPEZIL HCL 101 101 47 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 95 48 56
JANUVIA 97 61 48 62
DIOVAN 95 70 50 42
SPIRIVA 90 86 51 49
DIGOXIN 90 82 51 46
LABETALOL HCL 89 58 53 249
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 89 66 53 114
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 89 68 S2 53 98
SPIRONOLACTONE 89 63 53 64
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 88 23 R 57 65
CARVEDILOL 88 69 57 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 88 86 57 20
RANITIDINE HCL 84 48 60 28
TRICOR 79 50 61 94
PROPRANOLOL HCL 77 51 62 141
MIRTAZAPINE 76 62 63 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 76 60 63 77
ALPRAZOLAM 75 32 65 90
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 73 21 66 119
TOPIRAMATE 73 21 66 150
NOVOLOG 73 52 66 129
CLONIDINE 73 73 66 299
MELOXICAM 72 37 70 27
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 71 50 71 57
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 70 17 72 87
PROAIR HFA 70 56 72 45
GLIPIZIDE 70 63 72 61
METFORMIN HCL ER 68 50 75 68
PROMETHAZINE HCL 64 26 R 76 54
SUCRALFATE 61 56 77 160
ESTRADIOL 61 59 R 77 152
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 45 79 73
LYRICA 59 37 80 78
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 58 34 81 149
BUMETANIDE 58 47 81 115
PAROXETINE HCL 58 48 81 53
DEXAMETHASONE 58 39 81 303
AMOXICILLIN 57 26 85 113
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 55 41 86 111
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 55 52 86 44
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 43 86 58
HYDRALAZINE HCL 53 31 89 74
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 30 90 102
SYMBICORT 50 33 91 117
OLANZAPINE 50 17 91 168
DIOVAN HCT 50 36 91 109
PREMARIN 50 20 R 91 132
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 Nov. 26, 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.