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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,989Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 682

$2.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 682

927 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

6% of this provider’s 927 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 927 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 27,602 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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 1,699 1,209 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,692 1,373 2 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,277 1,019 3 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 956 832 4 6
FUROSEMIDE 731 582 5 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 727 615 6 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 694 591 7 10
QUINAPRIL HCL 615 508 10 8 138
GABAPENTIN 593 407 9 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 573 440 10 14
OMEPRAZOLE 554 389 11 5
METFORMIN HCL 551 434 12 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 457 394 13 29
SIMVASTATIN 434 326 14 4
LISINOPRIL 425 370 15 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 404 314 16 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 403 359 17 16
LACTULOSE 385 371 18 100
NEXIUM 371 295 19 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 348 265 20 17
TRAMADOL HCL 339 218 21 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 333 333 22 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 329 226 23 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 326 221 24 31
CARVEDILOL 326 272 24 23
FENTANYL 311 234 S2 26 86
CLOPIDOGREL 307 252 27 25
LIPITOR 305 266 28 92
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 299 217 29 21
NAMENDA 259 259 30 41
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 251 185 31 44
SYNTHROID 235 168 32 59
CLONIDINE HCL 234 183 33 48
MELOXICAM 229 151 34 27
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 224 217 35 196
AZITHROMYCIN 222 163 36 39
CELEBREX 221 174 37 80
CRESTOR 218 176 38 22
PLAVIX 212 168 39 35
ATENOLOL 212 141 39 18
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 205 158 R 41 177
EVISTA 202 175 42 135
RANITIDINE HCL 192 156 43 28
SERTRALINE HCL 186 134 44 24
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 185 185 45 188
ALLOPURINOL 180 164 46 32
KLOR-CON M20 178 136 47 67
DIOVAN 178 165 47 42
LANSOPRAZOLE 175 143 49 85
GLIPIZIDE ER 174 165 50 108
SPIRONOLACTONE 172 102 51 64
BENICAR 171 140 52 202
SPIRIVA 157 102 53 49
DIGOXIN 155 136 54 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 137 55 33
JANUVIA 150 140 56 62
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 149 144 57 176
VITAMIN D2 148 131 58 206
QUINAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 88 10 59 330
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 141 102 60 73
FORTEO 141 140 60 352
ALPRAZOLAM 135 125 62 90
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 133 78 R 63 50
NYSTATIN 132 120 64 95
LEVOFLOXACIN 129 100 65 70
CYMBALTA 124 69 66 51
FLUOXETINE HCL 123 86 67 60
SINGULAIR 121 111 68 63
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 120 118 69 156
JANTOVEN 117 92 70 208
PROMETHAZINE HCL 117 56 R 70 54
PROAIR HFA 116 58 72 45
DEXILANT 115 49 73 201
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 114 114 74 276
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 114 97 74 77
FENOFIBRATE 114 101 74 76
HYDRALAZINE HCL 112 112 77 74
EXELON 111 110 78 104
PREDNISONE 110 99 79 40
MEGESTROL ACETATE 109 109 R 80 165
BENICAR HCT 108 108 81 259
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 108 108 81 114
PREMARIN 105 61 R 83 132
TRAZODONE HCL 103 59 84 38
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 102 67 85 119
MIRTAZAPINE 101 76 86 52
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 100 99 87 212
GLYBURIDE 100 80 R 87 72
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 100 60 87 111
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 99 65 90 36
TIZANIDINE HCL 98 15 91 83
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 26 R 92 65
CEFDINIR 96 65 93 157
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 95 88 94 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 57 95 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 92 71 95 57
LORAZEPAM 92 76 95 158
RANEXA 86 77 98 223
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 82 99 147
RISPERIDONE 85 85 99 82
ACTOS 82 79 101 151
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 80 80 102 123
ACTONEL 79 67 103 281
ACIPHEX 77 71 104 403
DIOVAN HCT 77 66 104 109
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 77 70 104 112
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 76 67 107 58
LYRICA 76 31 107 78
CARISOPRODOL 74 26 R 109 146
TOPIRAMATE 74 38 109 150
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 74 71 109 87
PEN NEEDLE 73 65 112 159
NITROSTAT 73 53 112 161
TRILIPIX 72 35 114 192
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 64 115 56
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 70 42 R 115 335
PRADAXA 67 67 117 231
LIDODERM 66 58 118 134
GLIPIZIDE 66 63 118 61
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 65 65 120 37
VYTORIN 65 65 120 145
ZETIA 65 48 120 69
TOVIAZ 64 61 123 429
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 63 57 124 121
LANTUS 63 40 124 55
DETROL LA 63 55 124 226
VENTOLIN HFA 63 27 124 101
PAROXETINE HCL 62 56 128 53
OLANZAPINE 61 31 129 168
PROPRANOLOL HCL 61 34 129 141
TEMAZEPAM 61 36 129 247
SOTALOL 60 57 132 218
MECLIZINE HCL 60 59 132 124
NIASPAN 60 38 132 133
NAPROXEN 59 49 135 97
CLONAZEPAM 58 36 136 194
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 42 136 47
BUPROPION XL 58 34 136 207
TRICOR 58 43 136 94
SODIUM CHLORIDE 58 48 136 209
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 52 141 103
DILTIAZEM ER 56 44 142 136
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 55 55 143 84
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 37 143 89
WELCHOL 55 44 143 232
COMBIVENT 55 50 143 105
FLUCONAZOLE 54 32 147 154
LOVAZA 53 38 148 106
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 52 52 R 149 172
GLIPIZIDE XL 52 49 149 181
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52 32 149 190
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 42 149 102
SYMBICORT 52 40 149 117
IBUPROFEN 51 33 154 79
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 25, 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.