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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,046Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 682

$1.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 37 out of 682

797 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

11% of this provider’s 797 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 797 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 23,209 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

$48 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,890 1,496 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 995 918 2 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 967 645 S3 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 869 667 4 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 756 588 5 14
LISINOPRIL 671 514 6 2
SIMVASTATIN 664 617 7 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 593 546 8 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 429 413 9 30
MELOXICAM 380 293 10 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 363 331 11 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 316 276 12 10
NAMENDA 304 304 13 41
GABAPENTIN 303 226 14 9
METFORMIN HCL 298 232 15 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 294 230 16 12
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 287 267 17 44
RANITIDINE HCL 286 149 18 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 284 238 19 17
ATENOLOL 283 222 20 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 276 156 21 15
DIGOXIN 264 235 22 46
TRAMADOL HCL 263 229 23 26
RISPERIDONE 261 199 24 82
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 261 177 24 21
DIOVAN 251 212 26 42
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 243 229 27 176
SERTRALINE HCL 240 177 28 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 228 187 29 16
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 227 211 30 87
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 221 147 31 11
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 219 200 32 31
VERAPAMIL ER 217 128 33 116
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 216 196 34 37
MIRTAZAPINE 204 197 35 52
CLOPIDOGREL 204 184 35 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 202 163 37 29
TRAZODONE HCL 190 155 38 38
LANTUS 189 169 39 55
FENTANYL 182 162 S2 40 86
NEXIUM 181 122 41 19
SYNTHROID 179 165 42 59
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 175 115 R 43 283
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 171 133 44 73
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 169 148 45 20
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 158 122 46 110
ALLOPURINOL 157 134 47 32
CARVEDILOL 156 118 48 23
LEVOFLOXACIN 153 126 49 70
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 151 107 50 84
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 150 143 51 103
NIFEDIPINE ER 141 92 52 144
PLAVIX 134 112 53 35
CYMBALTA 132 96 54 51
PREDNISONE 129 111 55 40
PROMETHAZINE HCL 126 78 R 56 54
PAROXETINE HCL 124 109 57 53
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 124 97 57 123
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 123 104 59 162
KLOR-CON M20 121 91 60 67
LACTULOSE 119 118 61 100
CLONIDINE HCL 117 99 62 48
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 115 74 S3 63 126
PROAIR HFA 114 73 64 45
IBUPROFEN 112 59 65 79
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 112 80 65 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 107 94 67 58
SPIRONOLACTONE 106 101 68 64
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 77 69 47
AMOXICILLIN 104 92 70 113
NIFEDIAC CC 101 80 71 386
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 101 84 71 203
FLUOXETINE HCL 99 53 73 60
TRIMETHOPRIM 99 90 73 310
DILTIAZEM ER 98 92 75 136
INSULIN SYRINGE 96 72 76 75
LOVASTATIN 96 92 76 66
CEFUROXIME 94 84 78 164
HYDRALAZINE HCL 91 61 79 74
TAMSULOSIN HCL 91 69 79 33
SPIRIVA 91 84 79 49
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 88 86 82 156
RISPERDAL CONSTA 87 57 83 279
CILOSTAZOL 85 77 84 183
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 84 79 85 91
BUSPIRONE HCL 81 62 86 102
OLANZAPINE 80 60 87 168
QUINAPRIL HCL 79 69 88 138
FAMOTIDINE 79 61 88 99
NAPROXEN 79 63 88 97
ZETIA 76 52 91 69
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 73 92 71
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 47 93 57
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 71 54 94 137
CRESTOR 70 55 95 22
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 36 S2 96 98
LOPERAMIDE 67 63 97 253
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66 54 98 119
NYSTATIN 66 58 98 95
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 66 39 R 98 65
NOVOLOG 66 50 98 129
DOXEPIN HCL 65 43 102 205
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65 35 R 102 50
SOTALOL 64 51 104 218
CETIRIZINE HCL 64 59 104 289
BACLOFEN 64 24 104 130
SINGULAIR 63 50 107 63
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 19 108 140
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 61 108 89
EXELON 61 58 108 104
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 61 45 108 180
LIPITOR 60 46 112 92
ALPRAZOLAM 60 45 112 90
CELEBREX 60 39 112 80
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 45 S2 112 120
TRICOR 59 49 116 94
DICYCLOMINE HCL 59 36 116 214
PRIMIDONE 59 50 116 228
DESOXIMETASONE 58 44 119 443
LEVETIRACETAM 58 29 119 125
CARAFATE 57 57 121 375
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 33 122 173
TRAVATAN Z 56 54 122 303
METFORMIN HCL ER 54 38 124 68
KLOR-CON 10 53 53 125 148
SEROQUEL 53 53 125 193
LORAZEPAM 53 52 125 158
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 52 31 R 128 197
GENERLAC 51 36 129 270
LEXAPRO 51 41 129 222
LANSOPRAZOLE 50 50 131 85
RAMIPRIL 50 38 131 81
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 Sept. 24, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.