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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,570Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 79 out of 682

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 63 out of 682

606 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%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
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this specialty
in Kentucky
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 606 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 606 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 17,184 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 898 833 1 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 603 549 2 16
FUROSEMIDE 491 441 3 7
LISINOPRIL 470 402 4 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 458 384 5 13
OMEPRAZOLE 385 330 6 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 353 314 7 17
SERTRALINE HCL 351 325 8 24
METFORMIN HCL 348 274 9 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 333 313 10 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 331 309 11 15
SIMVASTATIN 315 263 12 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 305 290 13 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 301 289 S3 14 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 271 241 15 10
CARVEDILOL 263 223 16 23
GABAPENTIN 253 221 17 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 252 225 18 11
CRESTOR 240 203 19 22
DIGOXIN 229 223 20 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 209 198 21 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 204 178 22 29
FAMOTIDINE 181 160 23 99
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 175 163 24 36
NEXIUM 168 162 25 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 168 164 25 43
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 165 160 27 31
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 163 143 28 57
ATENOLOL 163 151 28 18
SPIRONOLACTONE 155 143 30 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 148 147 31 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 144 32 33
BENAZEPRIL HCL 143 136 33 89
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 143 139 33 77
NAMENDA 139 121 35 41
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 134 129 36 87
FLUOXETINE HCL 131 84 37 60
MIRTAZAPINE 127 93 38 52
QUINAPRIL HCL 126 114 39 138
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 121 100 R 40 50
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 120 99 41 96
HYDRALAZINE HCL 119 99 42 74
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 118 43 21
TRAMADOL HCL 118 93 43 26
CYMBALTA 115 101 45 51
LANTUS 110 99 46 55
RANITIDINE HCL 107 106 47 28
AZITHROMYCIN 105 91 48 39
ALLOPURINOL 101 97 49 32
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 100 76 50 139
SINGULAIR 99 89 51 63
ROPINIROLE HCL 99 82 51 71
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 99 78 51 119
FENOFIBRATE 98 69 54 76
PRADAXA 98 98 54 231
PREDNISONE 95 73 56 40
BYSTOLIC 94 94 57 118
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 93 76 58 58
CLOPIDOGREL 89 73 59 25
LANSOPRAZOLE 88 76 60 85
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 88 81 60 149
NAPROXEN 83 82 62 97
PROMETHAZINE HCL 83 41 R 62 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 83 72 62 70
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 79 65 56
BUPROPION HCL SR 78 66 66 198
PROAIR HFA 77 75 67 45
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 75 75 R 68 177
PROPRANOLOL HCL 75 52 68 141
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 64 70 34
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 73 55 71 84
MEGESTROL ACETATE 73 69 R 71 165
CEFUROXIME 71 69 73 164
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 71 62 73 44
LACTULOSE 70 65 75 100
PLAVIX 69 63 76 35
PRIMIDONE 69 30 76 228
TORSEMIDE 68 66 78 155
SPIRIVA 67 67 79 49
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 67 52 79 140
BACLOFEN 65 26 81 130
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 64 53 82 162
KLOR-CON 8 63 59 83 235
TRAZODONE HCL 62 32 84 38
COMBIVENT 61 52 85 105
DIOVAN 61 61 85 42
NYSTATIN 58 58 87 95
TEMAZEPAM 58 53 87 247
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 56 46 89 176
METFORMIN HCL ER 56 56 89 68
LORAZEPAM 55 55 91 158
JANUVIA 55 55 91 62
LIPITOR 55 47 91 92
HUMALOG 54 42 94 213
METRONIDAZOLE 53 45 95 254
DESONIDE 52 46 96 461
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52 51 96 73
TIZANIDINE HCL 52 20 96 83
SEROQUEL 51 51 99 193
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. 23, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.