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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,328Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 60 out of 682

$1.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 682

589 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

4% of this provider’s 589 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 589 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 13,630 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

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 1,141 630 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 779 542 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 589 362 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 543 377 4 3
LISINOPRIL 441 307 5 2
NEXIUM 401 188 6 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 384 258 7 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 366 264 8 43
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 348 243 9 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 346 208 10 16
CRESTOR 343 235 11 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 325 155 12 21
CLOPIDOGREL 310 271 13 25
GABAPENTIN 285 105 14 9
NIASPAN 275 143 15 133
TRAMADOL HCL 250 155 16 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 240 171 17 14
SYNTHROID 232 176 18 59
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 227 131 19 10
METFORMIN HCL ER 223 126 20 68
FUROSEMIDE 216 158 21 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 198 146 22 12
SERTRALINE HCL 195 112 23 24
TORSEMIDE 195 131 23 155
METFORMIN HCL 188 117 25 8
CARVEDILOL 187 125 26 23
PLAVIX 186 157 27 35
BYSTOLIC 179 150 28 118
ATENOLOL 178 143 29 18
IBUPROFEN 169 53 30 79
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 114 31 34
RANITIDINE HCL 158 80 32 28
ALLOPURINOL 158 86 32 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 137 34 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 154 98 34 77
PROAIR HFA 148 72 36 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 145 99 37 31
BENAZEPRIL HCL 137 105 38 89
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 131 102 39 242
DIOVAN 129 75 40 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 127 110 41 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 82 42 20
FELODIPINE ER 121 91 42 191
DIOVAN HCT 120 73 44 109
DIGOXIN 120 120 44 46
ONGLYZA 119 89 46 219
TIZANIDINE HCL 119 60 46 83
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 118 75 48 29
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 114 81 49 149
CITALOPRAM HBR 113 82 50 17
AZITHROMYCIN 112 70 51 39
LANSOPRAZOLE 106 44 52 85
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 85 52 56
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 103 68 54 103
AMOXICILLIN 102 68 55 113
FENOFIBRATE 101 57 56 76
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 98 58 57 107
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 95 54 S3 58 126
NAPROXEN 94 39 59 97
PAROXETINE HCL 94 63 59 53
FLUOXETINE HCL 91 31 61 60
JANUVIA 90 69 62 62
LANTUS 89 52 63 55
TRILIPIX 86 56 64 192
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 83 69 65 57
LYRICA 82 70 66 78
EVISTA 79 76 67 135
WARFARIN SODIUM 77 77 68 13
KLOR-CON M10 77 60 68 186
TRAZODONE HCL 77 28 68 38
METHOCARBAMOL 77 15 R 68 163
ZETIA 76 72 72 69
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 75 63 73 114
SPIRIVA 75 53 73 49
PROMETHAZINE HCL 75 24 R 73 54
KOMBIGLYZE XR 74 58 76 351
VERAPAMIL ER 74 64 76 116
ALPRAZOLAM 73 33 78 90
AZELASTINE HCL 73 53 78 306
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 51 R 78 50
CELEBREX 73 40 78 80
TRICOR 71 37 82 94
RAMIPRIL 71 62 82 81
LIPITOR 70 51 84 92
INSULIN SYRINGE 69 38 85 75
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 69 39 85 127
CLONIDINE HCL 69 46 85 48
KLOR-CON M20 68 41 88 67
MELOXICAM 67 33 89 27
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 66 28 R 90 65
CYMBALTA 63 0 91 51
BENICAR 63 52 91 202
LATANOPROST 62 59 93 277
SINGULAIR 61 28 94 63
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 60 29 95 110
PEN NEEDLE 59 31 96 159
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 43 96 58
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 24 98 147
BUPROPION XL 56 25 99 207
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 56 51 99 123
DONEPEZIL HCL 56 37 99 30
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54 41 102 180
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 54 23 102 294
KLOR-CON 10 53 39 104 148
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 22 105 47
LOVAZA 52 39 105 106
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 Jan. 17, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.