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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,856Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 152 out of 682

$941K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 121 out of 682

358 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 358 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 7,923 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

$68 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
SIMVASTATIN 599 365 1 4
LISINOPRIL 570 371 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 516 378 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 397 246 4 7
METFORMIN HCL 347 194 5 8
OMEPRAZOLE 347 172 5 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 341 211 7 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 331 178 S3 8 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 274 211 9 6
RANITIDINE HCL 244 127 10 28
IBUPROFEN 242 72 11 79
GABAPENTIN 207 98 12 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 207 118 12 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 203 132 14 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 199 47 15 87
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 186 107 16 10
GLIPIZIDE 172 127 17 61
OLANZAPINE 139 49 18 168
RISPERIDONE 136 96 19 82
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 134 45 R 20 197
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 124 98 21 20
AZITHROMYCIN 122 73 22 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 121 116 23 16
LITHIUM CARBONATE 117 44 24 305
NEXIUM 112 47 25 19
LIPITOR 112 62 25 92
SERTRALINE HCL 110 50 27 24
HALOPERIDOL 109 68 28 238
CLOPIDOGREL 109 75 28 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 106 81 30 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 105 79 31 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 101 72 32 37
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 100 0 33 221
NAPROXEN 99 45 34 97
DIGOXIN 97 85 35 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 92 49 36 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 91 76 37 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 72 38 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 38 38 60
CARBAMAZEPINE 88 37 40 251
RAMIPRIL 88 53 40 81
PAROXETINE HCL 88 29 40 53
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 86 59 R 43 395
TRAZODONE HCL 86 35 43 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 85 84 45 30
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 84 49 46 140
CLONIDINE HCL 83 45 47 48
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 37 48 47
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 80 64 49 15
NAMENDA 77 72 50 41
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 77 23 50 348
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 74 55 52 44
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 74 15 52 407
LOVASTATIN 72 41 54 66
PROPRANOLOL HCL 70 38 55 141
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 46 55 56
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 69 43 57 107
RISPERDAL CONSTA 69 13 57 279
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 55 59 58
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 55 60 57
PROAIR HFA 65 43 60 45
GLYBURIDE 64 26 R 62 72
LANTUS 63 32 63 55
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 43 63 70
CYMBALTA 62 0 65 51
PLAVIX 61 43 66 35
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 29 R 66 50
INSULIN SYRINGE 61 24 66 75
ATENOLOL 60 51 69 18
CARVEDILOL 58 42 70 23
PREMARIN 56 21 R 71 132
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 52 52 72 139
VENTOLIN HFA 51 20 73 101
BUSPIRONE HCL 51 12 73 102
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 March 23, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.