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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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36,219Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 682

$1.71M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 682

920 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%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

5% of this provider’s 920 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 920 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 23,373 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 1,478 747 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,458 957 2 5
LISINOPRIL 1,043 670 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 988 662 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 923 672 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 908 683 6 7
METFORMIN HCL 733 460 7 8
GABAPENTIN 691 415 8 9
SIMVASTATIN 664 434 9 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 661 429 10 15
ATENOLOL 608 433 11 18
MELOXICAM 600 395 12 27
NEXIUM 595 371 13 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 574 395 14 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 566 397 15 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 508 334 16 43
CLOPIDOGREL 478 352 17 25
SERTRALINE HCL 463 274 18 24
TRAZODONE HCL 432 263 19 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 409 259 20 31
AZITHROMYCIN 382 247 21 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 373 247 22 13
TRAMADOL HCL 368 244 23 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 366 246 24 11
PLAVIX 336 250 25 35
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 333 226 26 34
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 324 214 27 58
GLIPIZIDE 320 224 28 61
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 319 213 29 110
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 311 177 30 103
RANITIDINE HCL 305 122 31 28
CARVEDILOL 302 195 32 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 298 227 33 33
PREDNISONE 291 214 34 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 288 209 35 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 258 163 36 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 246 227 37 30
INSULIN SYRINGE 243 113 38 75
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 241 176 39 149
MIRTAZAPINE 237 150 40 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 229 160 41 77
CLONIDINE HCL 216 150 42 48
COMBIVENT 213 154 43 105
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 212 140 44 263
KLOR-CON 10 207 129 45 148
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 206 105 46 29
DIGOXIN 202 173 47 46
VERAPAMIL ER 190 165 48 116
AMOXICILLIN 188 109 49 113
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 122 49 12
LEVOFLOXACIN 188 152 49 70
PROMETHAZINE HCL 184 96 R 52 54
ALLOPURINOL 184 149 52 32
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 177 124 54 137
PROAIR HFA 173 81 55 45
LACTULOSE 171 147 56 100
LANSOPRAZOLE 170 105 57 85
JANUVIA 166 113 58 62
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 163 107 59 111
ADVAIR DISKUS 163 93 59 47
NOVOLIN 70-30 156 109 61 189
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 156 113 61 123
ETODOLAC 154 81 63 244
NAPROXEN 153 84 64 97
MECLIZINE HCL 153 131 64 124
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 145 97 66 16
BENAZEPRIL HCL 144 95 67 89
LOVAZA 139 77 68 106
SINGULAIR 136 87 69 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 136 60 69 36
METHOCARBAMOL 135 13 R 71 163
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 135 98 71 56
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 135 83 71 21
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 133 65 R 74 172
TRICOR 127 60 75 94
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 121 87 R 76 50
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 120 43 R 77 65
KLOR-CON M10 118 75 78 186
RISPERIDONE 114 22 79 82
KLOR-CON M20 112 97 80 67
SPIRIVA 112 70 80 49
DOXEPIN HCL 112 86 80 205
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 112 82 80 96
DIOVAN 111 109 84 42
OLANZAPINE 110 63 85 168
NITROSTAT 110 73 85 161
TIZANIDINE HCL 106 29 87 83
SYNTHROID 104 79 88 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 104 85 88 37
ROPINIROLE HCL 101 56 90 71
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 101 61 90 57
BUSPIRONE HCL 100 60 92 102
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 97 49 93 278
CRESTOR 95 78 94 22
HUMULIN 70-30 94 67 95 229
CEFDINIR 92 68 96 157
TORSEMIDE 92 67 96 155
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 92 54 96 112
ENDOCET 90 63 S2 99 88
CEPHALEXIN 89 74 100 128
LIPITOR 88 67 101 92
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 62 102 147
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 85 27 103 220
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 84 29 R 104 197
CETIRIZINE HCL 82 61 105 289
PAROXETINE HCL 81 59 106 53
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 79 52 107 91
NABUMETONE 78 36 108 227
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 78 39 108 87
NYSTATIN 75 67 110 95
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 74 43 111 73
ALPRAZOLAM 74 50 111 90
VYTORIN 74 35 111 145
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 70 57 114 216
PROPRANOLOL HCL 70 58 114 141
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 70 36 114 44
DIOVAN HCT 69 23 117 109
INDOMETHACIN 68 37 R 118 290
FLUOXETINE HCL 66 21 119 60
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 65 33 120 153
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 65 46 120 268
ESTRADIOL 65 28 R 120 152
NAMENDA 64 64 123 41
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 62 46 124 142
FLUCONAZOLE 62 36 124 154
SPIRONOLACTONE 61 52 126 64
CYMBALTA 60 44 127 51
FENOFIBRATE 59 18 128 76
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 59 46 128 173
MEGESTROL ACETATE 59 51 R 128 165
CILOSTAZOL 58 37 131 183
CELEBREX 58 39 131 80
VENTOLIN HFA 57 19 133 101
LANTUS 57 18 133 55
AVODART 57 44 133 211
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 55 43 136 162
FINASTERIDE 54 53 137 131
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 23 R 137 187
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 53 39 S2 139 143
IBUPROFEN 53 29 139 79
RANEXA 53 32 139 223
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 18 142 140
TERAZOSIN HCL 51 40 143 171
SUCRALFATE 50 37 144 160
GLYBURIDE 50 41 R 144 72
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 Aug. 19, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.