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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,987Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 66 out of 682

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 60 out of 682

886 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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 886 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 886 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 18,497 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

24 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
SIMVASTATIN 886 838 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 773 711 2 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 712 580 S3 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 502 450 4 7
LISINOPRIL 476 414 5 2
GABAPENTIN 432 368 6 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 425 381 7 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 399 377 8 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 396 375 9 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 375 319 10 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 353 323 11 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 349 315 12 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 330 306 13 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 324 273 14 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 321 299 15 16
ATENOLOL 280 254 16 18
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 273 255 17 91
SYNTHROID 254 230 18 59
SERTRALINE HCL 230 215 19 24
NEXIUM 228 173 20 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 217 215 21 21
PREDNISONE 212 170 22 40
MELOXICAM 207 176 23 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 203 203 24 30
CLOPIDOGREL 191 183 25 25
DIOVAN 186 154 26 42
METFORMIN HCL 185 142 27 8
DIGOXIN 183 178 28 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 172 138 29 17
TRAMADOL HCL 170 150 30 26
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 166 140 31 57
CLONIDINE HCL 164 151 32 48
LORAZEPAM 164 151 32 158
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 161 153 34 15
ALLOPURINOL 160 154 35 32
PLAVIX 152 138 36 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 152 126 36 37
BUMETANIDE 152 148 36 115
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 149 133 39 73
TRAZODONE HCL 137 121 40 38
QUINAPRIL HCL 137 123 40 138
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 136 100 R 42 50
METFORMIN HCL ER 135 112 43 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 133 109 44 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 133 125 44 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 130 126 46 33
RANITIDINE HCL 129 106 47 28
CRESTOR 129 122 47 22
CELEBREX 124 122 49 80
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 113 50 56
PAROXETINE HCL 119 116 51 53
NAMENDA 118 118 52 41
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 118 114 52 44
RAMIPRIL 117 94 54 81
PREMARIN 107 71 R 55 132
CARVEDILOL 104 97 56 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 103 91 57 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 101 90 58 29
MIRTAZAPINE 95 94 59 52
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 94 94 60 87
AZITHROMYCIN 93 85 61 39
ROPINIROLE HCL 92 92 62 71
LEVOFLOXACIN 91 81 63 70
ESTRADIOL 89 57 R 64 152
TIZANIDINE HCL 84 50 65 83
SPIRONOLACTONE 82 74 66 64
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 81 56 R 67 65
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 70 68 58
ZOSTAVAX 74 68 69 175
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 72 71 S3 70 126
GLIPIZIDE 72 72 70 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 61 72 47
MECLIZINE HCL 69 63 73 124
LOVASTATIN 65 62 74 66
LANTUS 65 48 74 55
FINASTERIDE 63 63 76 131
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63 18 76 119
LIPITOR 62 52 78 92
KLOR-CON 8 61 60 79 235
INSULIN SYRINGE 61 55 79 75
IRBESARTAN 61 50 79 234
DILTIAZEM ER 59 59 82 136
CYMBALTA 59 53 82 51
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 40 84 85
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 48 84 144
SOTALOL 57 57 86 218
FENTANYL 56 36 S2 87 86
PROAIR HFA 56 41 87 45
LEXAPRO 53 49 89 222
NASONEX 53 41 89 199
VENLAFAXINE HCL 52 37 91 225
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 45 92 180
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 48 S2 92 120
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 50 50 94 156
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.