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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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43,974Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 682

$3.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 682

972 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

12% of this provider’s 972 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 972 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 28,397 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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 2,198 1,460 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,352 847 2 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,153 731 3 15
OMEPRAZOLE 1,086 712 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,064 729 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 951 695 6 10
FUROSEMIDE 934 633 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 867 630 8 6
GABAPENTIN 765 376 9 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 704 474 10 14
METFORMIN HCL 689 422 11 8
NEXIUM 605 348 12 19
CLOPIDOGREL 571 422 13 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 552 322 14 12
RANITIDINE HCL 520 355 15 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 467 304 16 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 457 338 17 31
PLAVIX 448 349 18 35
TRAMADOL HCL 445 392 19 26
SERTRALINE HCL 445 331 19 24
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 444 297 21 44
PROMETHAZINE HCL 431 234 R 22 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 427 281 23 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 408 362 24 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 394 255 25 29
CRESTOR 391 221 26 22
NAMENDA 364 347 27 41
ATENOLOL 358 251 28 18
SYNTHROID 356 275 29 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 346 234 30 16
ZETIA 340 189 31 69
FENOFIBRATE 328 206 32 76
SPIRIVA 327 197 33 49
LOVAZA 310 206 34 106
TRICOR 306 194 35 94
ENDOCET 282 119 S2 36 88
CARVEDILOL 268 188 37 23
NOVOLOG 266 138 38 129
SINGULAIR 265 152 39 63
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 261 172 40 20
MELOXICAM 261 106 40 27
PROAIR HFA 258 121 42 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 252 138 43 21
ROPINIROLE HCL 249 207 44 71
TAMSULOSIN HCL 246 216 45 33
NYSTATIN 245 186 46 95
CITALOPRAM HBR 227 111 47 17
ADVAIR DISKUS 223 115 48 47
SIMVASTATIN 217 128 49 4
SUBOXONE 217 0 49 169
JANTOVEN 212 190 51 208
DIGOXIN 211 181 52 46
JANUVIA 201 128 53 62
DIOVAN 200 145 54 42
BACLOFEN 199 99 55 130
GLIPIZIDE 198 109 56 61
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 197 131 57 34
LANTUS 197 131 57 55
TRAZODONE HCL 192 76 59 38
CLONIDINE HCL 181 79 60 48
IBUPROFEN 177 48 61 79
EXELON 177 177 61 104
HYDRALAZINE HCL 177 131 61 74
LEVOFLOXACIN 173 134 64 70
LYRICA 172 46 65 78
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 171 81 R 66 172
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 168 93 67 220
DILTIAZEM ER 167 93 68 136
CEFDINIR 165 123 69 157
LEVEMIR 161 72 70 185
CYMBALTA 155 46 71 51
VENTOLIN HFA 153 79 72 101
ALLOPURINOL 152 82 73 32
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 150 117 74 156
LANSOPRAZOLE 149 91 75 85
INSULIN SYRINGE 146 58 76 75
VITAMIN D2 146 130 76 206
FENTANYL 144 58 S2 78 86
GLYBURIDE 144 117 R 78 72
MECLIZINE HCL 142 134 80 124
LACTULOSE 138 115 81 100
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 135 41 R 82 65
OXYCODONE HCL 133 11 S2 83 93
SPIRONOLACTONE 133 73 83 64
CELEBREX 132 108 85 80
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 128 72 86 149
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 128 75 86 73
FAMOTIDINE 127 80 88 99
PREDNISONE 127 71 88 40
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 125 38 R 90 50
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 124 102 91 121
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 121 62 92 36
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 120 65 93 112
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 110 S2 94 120
FLUCONAZOLE 118 68 95 154
LEVETIRACETAM 118 65 95 125
FLUOXETINE HCL 117 55 97 60
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 116 69 98 111
DIOVAN HCT 114 49 99 109
CARISOPRODOL 114 22 R 99 146
EVISTA 113 86 101 135
LIPITOR 112 85 102 92
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 109 98 103 139
PAROXETINE HCL 108 98 104 53
ONGLYZA 108 72 104 219
ABILIFY 106 54 106 179
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 103 66 107 123
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 101 68 S2 108 98
METFORMIN HCL ER 101 56 108 68
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 99 84 110 215
NITROSTAT 98 65 111 161
RAMIPRIL 98 93 111 81
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 98 63 111 110
SODIUM CHLORIDE 97 87 114 209
DETROL LA 97 65 114 226
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 68 114 37
CARBAMAZEPINE 96 58 117 251
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 96 48 117 140
RISPERIDONE 94 86 119 82
ENABLEX 93 82 120 274
TRILIPIX 93 47 120 192
ONDANSETRON HCL 92 60 122 195
CILOSTAZOL 92 66 122 183
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 91 61 124 77
TIZANIDINE HCL 91 29 124 83
VERAPAMIL ER 90 59 126 116
BENAZEPRIL HCL 89 80 127 89
SUCRALFATE 85 85 128 160
AMITIZA 85 59 128 286
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 83 59 R 130 197
AZITHROMYCIN 82 54 131 39
DRONABINOL 82 82 131 399
SYMBICORT 80 37 133 117
PHENYTOIN 80 75 133 265
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 63 135 56
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 73 47 136 58
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 71 46 137 137
MEGESTROL ACETATE 69 62 R 138 165
PREMARIN 69 40 R 138 132
AMOXICILLIN 69 31 138 113
PATADAY 68 64 141 421
BUSPIRONE HCL 67 44 142 102
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 66 40 143 87
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 61 143 91
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 66 26 R 143 177
VYTORIN 66 34 143 145
HYDROXYZINE HCL 66 56 R 143 187
LORATADINE 65 59 148 256
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 64 37 S3 149 126
AVELOX 64 58 149 314
OXYCONTIN 62 29 S2 151 178
GEMFIBROZIL 62 38 151 122
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 61 0 S2 153 143
JANUMET 59 15 154 200
OLANZAPINE 58 0 155 168
COLCRYS 58 50 155 241
LEXAPRO 58 38 155 222
QUINAPRIL HCL 58 12 155 138
PATANOL 57 39 159 291
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 56 42 160 84
NASONEX 55 25 161 199
MUPIROCIN 55 31 161 166
ALPRAZOLAM 54 51 163 90
GLIMEPIRIDE 54 44 163 43
DILTIAZEM HCL 53 49 165 217
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 53 49 165 142
INVANZ 52 49 167 375
GLIPIZIDE XL 52 47 167 181
NAPROXEN 52 16 167 97
AMIODARONE HCL 52 44 167 170
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 28 171 103
RANEXA 50 39 171 223
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 May 30, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.