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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,993Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 100 out of 682

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 89 out of 682

438 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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

5% of this provider’s 438 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

49% of this provider’s 438 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 10,660 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% 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

41 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 1,739 898 S3 1 1
TRAMADOL HCL 603 273 2 26
FUROSEMIDE 594 419 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 511 389 4 3
GABAPENTIN 511 185 4 9
OMEPRAZOLE 422 225 6 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 356 231 7 14
LISINOPRIL 287 148 8 2
SIMVASTATIN 279 164 9 4
CARVEDILOL 269 174 10 23
NEXIUM 265 137 11 19
METFORMIN HCL 262 173 12 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 251 165 13 11
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 238 82 R 14 65
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 232 110 15 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 208 126 16 10
CLOPIDOGREL 203 133 17 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 201 119 18 37
LYRICA 200 95 19 78
TAMSULOSIN HCL 189 127 20 33
RANITIDINE HCL 181 109 21 28
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 180 121 22 111
CRESTOR 176 100 23 22
PLAVIX 175 131 24 35
SINGULAIR 173 99 25 63
PROAIR HFA 169 93 26 45
CLONIDINE HCL 154 95 27 48
ATENOLOL 152 73 28 18
PAROXETINE HCL 147 94 29 53
GLIPIZIDE 142 79 30 61
PROMETHAZINE HCL 136 40 R 31 54
PREDNISONE 130 59 32 40
IBUPROFEN 128 33 33 79
CITALOPRAM HBR 125 63 34 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 58 35 12
MELOXICAM 121 60 36 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 120 92 37 31
PEN NEEDLE 118 66 38 159
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 113 65 39 112
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 110 87 40 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108 62 41 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 107 73 42 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 105 82 43 13
INSULIN SYRINGE 100 65 44 75
CYMBALTA 99 59 45 51
SPIRIVA 98 73 46 49
CELEBREX 96 57 47 80
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 91 37 48 91
NAPROXEN 89 33 49 97
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 88 44 R 50 50
TIZANIDINE HCL 86 11 51 83
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 79 52 15
AVODART 83 71 53 211
METFORMIN HCL ER 83 38 53 68
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 82 39 55 196
LANSOPRAZOLE 80 70 56 85
ZETIA 79 43 57 69
ALLOPURINOL 76 47 58 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 43 59 47
NOVOLOG 72 36 60 129
DIGOXIN 72 68 60 46
BENAZEPRIL HCL 67 44 62 89
DIOVAN 67 43 62 42
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 24 64 64
SERTRALINE HCL 66 40 64 24
BUMETANIDE 65 44 66 115
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65 41 66 114
GLIPIZIDE ER 63 44 68 108
COLCRYS 62 46 69 241
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 38 70 96
FLUOXETINE HCL 60 31 70 60
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 42 72 140
AZITHROMYCIN 58 36 72 39
TRAZODONE HCL 57 31 74 38
MECLIZINE HCL 55 38 75 124
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 31 75 103
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 54 23 R 77 172
KLOR-CON M20 53 46 78 67
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 12 79 216
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 51 40 80 176
FENTANYL 51 19 S2 80 86
AGGRENOX 51 50 80 255
LIPITOR 50 30 83 92
LEVEMIR 50 24 83 185
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 April 28, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.