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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,979Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 682

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 101 out of 682

768 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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

4% of this provider’s 768 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 768 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 19,152 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 976 678 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 954 744 2 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 953 822 3 10
OMEPRAZOLE 894 693 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 678 592 5 3
METFORMIN HCL 658 549 6 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 545 471 7 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 515 421 8 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 514 468 9 6
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 463 390 10 57
SIMVASTATIN 401 332 11 4
FUROSEMIDE 374 328 12 7
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 347 323 13 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 346 292 14 14
GABAPENTIN 333 223 15 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 297 205 16 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 297 247 16 13
ATENOLOL 285 252 18 18
TRAZODONE HCL 283 195 19 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 265 245 20 11
PREDNISONE 250 213 21 40
RANITIDINE HCL 239 193 22 28
MIRTAZAPINE 234 196 23 52
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 231 182 24 16
NEXIUM 230 193 25 19
CLOPIDOGREL 222 184 26 25
TRAMADOL HCL 208 106 27 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 206 182 28 20
CRESTOR 197 180 29 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 188 158 30 44
PAROXETINE HCL 188 170 30 53
AZITHROMYCIN 176 131 32 39
CARVEDILOL 172 146 33 23
PLAVIX 169 133 34 35
SERTRALINE HCL 169 145 34 24
GLIPIZIDE 160 130 36 61
FAMOTIDINE 154 121 37 99
TIZANIDINE HCL 153 86 38 83
AMOXICILLIN 144 108 39 113
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 136 124 R 40 50
PROAIR HFA 135 84 41 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 132 76 42 21
NAMENDA 131 122 43 41
FELODIPINE ER 128 118 44 191
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 125 87 45 29
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 123 88 S3 46 126
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 108 47 30
ALLOPURINOL 118 96 48 32
DIOVAN 115 96 49 42
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 113 89 50 174
TAMSULOSIN HCL 112 92 51 33
CLONIDINE HCL 105 74 52 48
SINGULAIR 103 86 53 63
BACLOFEN 99 51 54 130
GLYBURIDE 95 93 R 55 72
SPIRONOLACTONE 93 77 56 64
MECLIZINE HCL 89 87 57 124
VERAPAMIL ER 89 63 57 116
LOVASTATIN 87 64 59 66
SYNTHROID 85 84 60 59
LANSOPRAZOLE 84 63 61 85
NITROSTAT 82 51 62 161
FENOFIBRATE 81 53 63 76
SPIRIVA 81 68 63 49
GEMFIBROZIL 78 73 65 122
LIPITOR 78 59 65 92
BUSPIRONE HCL 78 46 65 102
DIGOXIN 77 69 68 46
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 74 46 69 220
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 74 56 69 112
CELEBREX 74 57 69 80
NIFEDIPINE ER 70 54 72 144
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 70 70 72 176
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 69 65 74 417
LORAZEPAM 67 37 75 158
PROMETHAZINE HCL 66 46 R 76 54
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 65 41 77 153
BENICAR 65 65 77 202
ROPINIROLE HCL 65 25 77 71
ZETIA 64 46 80 69
MELOXICAM 64 48 80 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 63 55 82 37
INSULIN SYRINGE 61 42 83 75
JANUVIA 60 60 84 62
KLOR-CON 10 60 51 84 148
INDAPAMIDE 60 60 84 224
NYSTATIN 59 53 87 95
METHOCARBAMOL 58 53 R 88 163
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 58 47 88 162
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 18 R 90 65
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 57 90 147
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 46 90 58
CYMBALTA 56 40 93 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 41 93 73
RISPERIDONE 56 44 93 82
IBUPROFEN 55 23 96 79
EVISTA 55 55 96 135
NAPROXEN 54 47 98 97
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 54 98 77
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 53 36 100 246
DOXEPIN HCL 53 40 100 205
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 53 40 100 140
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 45 103 123
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 April 20, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.