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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,542Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 57 out of 682

$1.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 55 out of 682

534 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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 534 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 534 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 19,829 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 688 640 1 6
LISINOPRIL 597 534 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 572 560 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 555 514 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 538 519 5 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 502 433 S3 6 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 447 447 7 30
TRAMADOL HCL 438 418 8 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 412 366 9 31
ATENOLOL 406 393 10 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 398 370 11 21
CARVEDILOL 382 361 12 23
DIOVAN 368 356 13 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 324 309 14 11
SIMVASTATIN 323 320 15 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 314 287 16 14
NAMENDA 311 311 17 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 306 290 18 17
RANITIDINE HCL 298 287 19 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 278 277 20 13
DILTIAZEM ER 274 274 10 21 136
GABAPENTIN 258 232 22 9
CLOPIDOGREL 255 232 23 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 251 251 24 44
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 228 189 25 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 220 189 26 10
CEPHALEXIN 206 180 27 128
DIGOXIN 196 196 28 46
PLAVIX 190 173 29 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 186 162 30 16
CRESTOR 179 158 31 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 178 166 32 20
FENTANYL 169 157 S2 33 86
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 148 136 34 162
LACTULOSE 140 140 35 100
NEXIUM 135 129 36 19
ALLOPURINOL 131 118 37 32
CLONIDINE HCL 126 115 38 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 120 39 12
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 124 111 40 58
QUINAPRIL HCL 123 110 41 138
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 122 120 42 29
PAROXETINE HCL 121 116 43 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 121 108 43 77
AZITHROMYCIN 119 104 45 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113 93 46 33
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 111 107 47 103
MELOXICAM 107 106 48 27
ZETIA 103 89 49 69
LANSOPRAZOLE 102 89 50 85
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 102 102 50 216
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 97 96 52 36
IBUPROFEN 95 79 53 79
PROPRANOLOL HCL 94 78 54 141
FENOFIBRATE 93 77 55 76
GLIPIZIDE 91 83 56 61
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 89 57 37
WELCHOL 89 70 57 232
SERTRALINE HCL 87 66 59 24
NYSTATIN 86 86 60 95
BENAZEPRIL HCL 85 74 61 89
HYDRALAZINE HCL 85 72 61 74
NAPROXEN 85 71 61 97
KLOR-CON M20 84 75 64 67
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 60 65 56
MIRTAZAPINE 81 71 66 52
LIDODERM 79 78 67 134
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 79 66 67 84
TORSEMIDE 78 74 69 155
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 75 75 70 96
KLOR-CON 10 74 71 71 148
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 74 57 71 121
CLONIDINE 73 60 73 299
RANEXA 69 58 74 223
VALPROIC ACID 69 69 74 262
TRAZODONE HCL 69 68 74 38
INSULIN SYRINGE 68 43 77 75
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 67 64 78 127
TEMAZEPAM 66 66 79 247
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 65 65 80 180
METFORMIN HCL 65 61 80 8
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 64 64 82 119
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 42 82 71
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 49 84 87
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 62 62 85 139
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 62 61 85 196
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 61 R 87 50
LIPITOR 61 61 87 92
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 60 58 89 188
EXELON 60 60 89 104
RESTASIS 60 60 89 365
AMIODARONE HCL 60 60 89 170
GLIPIZIDE XL 58 46 93 181
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 57 50 R 94 283
SINGULAIR 55 53 95 63
NITROFURANTOIN 53 51 96 233
BENICAR 53 50 96 202
TRAVATAN Z 52 52 98 303
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 52 47 98 294
NABUMETONE 51 49 100 227
FLUCONAZOLE 51 42 100 154
LANTUS 50 42 102 55
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. 10, 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.