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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,996Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 77 out of 682

$1.29M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 682

769 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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

18% of this provider’s 769 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 769 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,944 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 1,424 783 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 550 381 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 461 387 3 3
GABAPENTIN 437 178 4 9
OMEPRAZOLE 414 256 5 5
LISINOPRIL 367 221 6 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 346 229 7 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 339 271 8 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 276 272 9 30
SIMVASTATIN 263 186 10 4
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 248 71 S2 11 98
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 244 193 12 139
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 242 195 13 84
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 238 130 14 21
NAMENDA 238 232 14 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 233 181 16 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 223 131 17 17
METFORMIN HCL 221 121 18 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 214 170 19 6
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 211 155 20 29
MELOXICAM 208 107 21 27
TRAZODONE HCL 207 119 22 38
CARVEDILOL 207 160 22 23
MIRTAZAPINE 195 184 24 52
LANTUS 187 162 25 55
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 183 159 26 44
FENTANYL 180 138 S2 27 86
SERTRALINE HCL 169 142 28 24
PAROXETINE HCL 168 113 29 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 167 137 30 33
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 165 122 31 103
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 156 142 32 73
KLOR-CON M20 144 87 33 67
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 143 69 34 11
ATENOLOL 133 108 35 18
CYMBALTA 132 38 36 51
EXELON 123 123 37 104
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 123 92 37 31
NYSTATIN 120 90 39 95
RISPERIDONE 118 90 40 82
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 118 90 40 87
LEVOFLOXACIN 112 85 42 70
RANITIDINE HCL 112 48 42 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 110 99 44 16
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 109 81 45 121
CLOPIDOGREL 108 81 46 25
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 107 29 R 47 65
FLUOXETINE HCL 106 58 48 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 103 74 49 58
ABILIFY 102 54 50 179
PROMETHAZINE HCL 101 33 R 51 54
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 100 77 52 204
NOVOLOG 99 75 53 129
PREDNISONE 98 75 54 40
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 97 57 55 110
IBUPROFEN 96 24 56 79
ROPINIROLE HCL 95 78 57 71
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 47 57 12
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 94 36 S2 59 143
SPIRIVA 93 54 60 49
NEXIUM 90 25 61 19
TRAMADOL HCL 88 64 62 26
HUMALOG 84 74 63 213
CRESTOR 83 35 64 22
BACLOFEN 82 33 65 130
LYRICA 81 0 66 78
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 79 47 67 114
DIGOXIN 79 76 67 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 67 67 47
AZITHROMYCIN 78 42 70 39
SANTYL 77 60 71 245
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 75 42 72 242
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 73 48 73 137
CEFTRIAXONE 73 65 73 261
BUSPIRONE HCL 72 66 75 102
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 71 49 S2 76 120
TIZANIDINE HCL 69 15 77 83
CARISOPRODOL 69 0 R 77 146
LIDOCAINE HCL 69 51 77 266
LEVETIRACETAM 69 59 77 125
PROAIR HFA 68 18 81 45
FLUCONAZOLE 65 47 82 154
SEROQUEL XR 65 21 82 257
PLAVIX 64 48 84 35
VENTOLIN HFA 62 16 85 101
SINGULAIR 62 26 85 63
JANUVIA 62 26 85 62
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 22 88 15
OXYCODONE HCL 60 29 S2 89 93
OLANZAPINE 58 26 90 168
BUMETANIDE 57 31 91 115
ALLOPURINOL 56 52 92 32
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 55 37 93 140
MUPIROCIN 55 41 93 166
COMBIVENT 55 31 93 105
CLOZAPINE 54 17 96 292
VANCOMYCIN HCL 54 50 96 300
PREMARIN 52 15 R 98 132
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 41 98 64
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 35 100 111
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 51 100 180
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 Feb. 19, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.