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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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44,763Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 682

$2.57M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 682

945 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

9% of this provider’s 945 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 945 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 27,318 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

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 2,092 1,350 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,357 808 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,236 819 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 1,084 669 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 1,065 784 5 7
SIMVASTATIN 1,046 731 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,002 685 7 10
RANITIDINE HCL 906 546 8 28
METFORMIN HCL 877 488 9 8
GABAPENTIN 837 434 10 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 685 475 11 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 656 423 12 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 633 461 13 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 624 419 14 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 600 338 15 15
TRAZODONE HCL 570 411 16 38
CRESTOR 494 249 17 22
ATENOLOL 487 336 18 18
NEXIUM 478 221 19 19
ENDOCET 470 229 S2 20 88
DONEPEZIL HCL 468 453 21 30
CLOPIDOGREL 447 327 22 25
GLYBURIDE 407 287 R 23 72
CITALOPRAM HBR 402 225 24 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 352 286 25 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 350 226 26 31
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 341 195 10 27 215
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 312 219 28 44
GLIPIZIDE 311 243 29 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 306 151 30 47
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 302 218 31 57
RISPERIDONE 301 119 32 82
PLAVIX 299 212 33 35
SERTRALINE HCL 294 135 34 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 284 192 35 37
IBUPROFEN 269 87 36 79
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 268 118 R 37 50
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 268 162 37 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 261 177 39 29
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 261 98 R 39 172
PROPRANOLOL HCL 261 43 39 141
CLONIDINE HCL 250 150 42 48
CARVEDILOL 250 187 42 23
NAMENDA 249 237 44 41
TRICOR 243 114 45 94
LANTUS 232 118 46 55
ALLOPURINOL 228 114 47 32
JANTOVEN 225 185 48 208
TRAMADOL HCL 223 167 49 26
SINGULAIR 218 144 50 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 208 60 51 36
PAROXETINE HCL 200 102 52 53
INSULIN SYRINGE 199 116 53 75
COMBIVENT 196 97 54 105
NAPROXEN 194 101 55 97
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 191 73 56 84
PROAIR HFA 189 77 57 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 185 92 58 60
AZITHROMYCIN 184 124 59 39
FENTANYL 184 92 S2 59 86
ROPINIROLE HCL 184 125 59 71
OXYCODONE HCL 183 28 S2 62 93
DIFLUNISAL 178 130 10 63 318
NYSTATIN 177 132 64 95
LIDODERM 173 66 65 134
PREDNISONE 172 115 66 40
CEPHALEXIN 169 96 67 128
DIGOXIN 169 152 67 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 167 111 69 20
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 164 90 70 111
AMIODARONE HCL 162 138 71 170
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 162 91 71 58
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 161 104 73 112
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 159 58 74 87
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 119 75 33
SPIRONOLACTONE 156 112 76 64
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 153 61 77 140
LEVOFLOXACIN 153 96 77 70
DIOVAN 149 94 79 42
LIPITOR 146 97 80 92
MIRTAZAPINE 143 66 81 52
SPIRIVA 143 95 81 49
GEMFIBROZIL 140 87 83 122
EVISTA 137 118 84 135
VERAPAMIL ER 137 101 84 116
LYRICA 134 84 86 78
PATANOL 133 126 87 291
KLOR-CON 10 132 81 88 148
CARBAMAZEPINE 131 53 89 251
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 129 92 90 139
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 128 101 91 91
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 51 92 34
LEVETIRACETAM 127 65 92 125
CELEBREX 125 95 94 80
ACTOS 125 83 94 151
KLOR-CON M20 124 101 96 67
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 123 101 97 21
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 122 32 98 119
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 122 90 98 123
LANSOPRAZOLE 119 77 100 85
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 118 77 101 96
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 118 46 R 101 65
PROMETHAZINE HCL 117 49 R 103 54
LACTULOSE 116 75 104 100
RAMIPRIL 116 60 104 81
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 113 79 106 153
DICYCLOMINE HCL 112 62 107 214
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 111 40 R 108 197
SEROQUEL 107 25 109 193
VENTOLIN HFA 105 67 110 101
HALOPERIDOL 105 40 110 238
JANUVIA 104 65 112 62
BUSPIRONE HCL 104 57 112 102
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 103 52 114 137
ZETIA 99 41 115 69
SODIUM CHLORIDE 98 77 116 209
HYDRALAZINE HCL 97 58 117 74
DETROL LA 97 60 117 226
NITROSTAT 90 57 119 161
CYMBALTA 90 53 119 51
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 89 69 121 216
MECLIZINE HCL 89 51 121 124
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 89 55 121 204
PREMARIN 86 58 R 124 132
NIFEDIPINE ER 86 37 124 144
MEGACE ES 85 82 R 126 397
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 85 26 126 110
ONDANSETRON HCL 84 59 128 195
LOVAZA 84 38 128 106
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 82 0 130 221
NOVOLIN 70-30 82 65 130 189
HYDROXYZINE HCL 81 49 R 132 187
FENOFIBRATE 80 44 133 76
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 79 65 S3 134 126
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 79 54 134 73
PROCRIT 79 67 134 325
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 77 65 137 107
PRADAXA 77 64 137 231
TRILIPIX 77 15 137 192
HUMULIN 70-30 77 56 137 229
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 77 0 137 348
BACLOFEN 76 16 142 130
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 74 50 143 162
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 74 54 143 121
METFORMIN HCL ER 73 52 145 68
TIZANIDINE HCL 72 14 146 83
FORTICAL 72 72 146 322
OXAPROZIN 70 23 148 413
TOPIRAMATE 68 39 149 150
GLIPIZIDE ER 66 37 150 108
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 62 36 151 434
FLUCONAZOLE 61 39 152 154
DILTIAZEM HCL 60 27 153 217
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 60 23 153 173
DILANTIN 60 27 153 322
SYMBICORT 59 39 156 117
LOVENOX 59 20 156 441
FAMOTIDINE 59 31 156 99
ALPRAZOLAM 58 28 159 90
LOPERAMIDE 58 40 159 253
AMOXICILLIN 58 27 159 113
ESTRADIOL 57 34 R 162 152
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 57 21 162 220
ACTONEL 57 56 162 281
NOVOLOG 57 22 162 129
NOVOLIN R 57 41 162 167
METHOCARBAMOL 56 35 R 167 163
DOXEPIN HCL 56 30 167 205
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 54 22 R 169 285
NIASPAN 54 16 169 133
DILTIAZEM ER 53 41 171 136
NYSTOP 52 34 172 282
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 52 26 172 174
LORATADINE 52 25 172 256
NASONEX 51 19 175 199
NITROFURANTOIN 51 46 175 233
CALCITONIN-SALMON 50 42 177 269
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. 9, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.