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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,003Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 90 out of 682

$1.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 66 out of 682

751 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

8% of this provider’s 751 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 751 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 14,282 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 988 753 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 740 556 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 573 481 3 5
LISINOPRIL 538 420 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 534 478 5 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 465 330 S3 6 1
FENOFIBRATE 462 305 7 76
CARVEDILOL 423 368 8 23
FUROSEMIDE 403 323 9 7
METFORMIN HCL 313 233 10 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 285 271 11 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 263 215 12 12
RANITIDINE HCL 259 185 13 28
GABAPENTIN 250 146 14 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 248 215 15 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 232 165 16 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232 157 16 34
ATENOLOL 215 202 18 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 204 166 19 33
CLOPIDOGREL 204 158 19 25
NAMENDA 192 182 21 41
MELOXICAM 191 151 22 27
SPIRIVA 190 119 23 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 188 174 24 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 186 135 25 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 182 130 26 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 157 141 27 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 152 135 28 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 144 140 29 37
TRICOR 141 96 30 94
NEXIUM 136 106 31 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 134 106 32 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 133 86 33 21
PLAVIX 131 96 34 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 127 77 35 16
SERTRALINE HCL 118 104 36 24
CRESTOR 117 90 37 22
DIGOXIN 117 99 37 46
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 97 39 56
BUSPIRONE HCL 109 53 40 102
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 107 67 41 84
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 105 67 42 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 105 80 42 43
NIASPAN 104 59 44 133
JANUVIA 92 83 45 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 89 50 46 47
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 88 74 S3 47 126
JANUMET 86 81 48 200
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 85 47 49 114
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 41 49 36
PROAIR HFA 83 35 51 45
ZETIA 81 66 52 69
LOVAZA 80 58 53 106
TRAZODONE HCL 78 43 54 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 78 51 R 54 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77 50 56 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 38 57 60
TRAMADOL HCL 73 53 58 26
NAPROXEN 72 64 59 97
MIRTAZAPINE 72 72 59 52
FAMOTIDINE 72 50 59 99
LANTUS 69 64 62 55
LOVASTATIN 67 67 63 66
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 67 28 63 188
IBUPROFEN 66 42 65 79
EVISTA 66 62 65 135
PREDNISONE 65 50 67 40
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 65 53 67 96
PROMETHAZINE HCL 64 45 R 69 54
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 38 70 121
SYMBICORT 61 36 70 117
NOVOLOG 59 45 72 129
CYMBALTA 59 44 72 51
SINGULAIR 59 40 72 63
LIPITOR 57 36 75 92
RISPERIDONE 57 24 75 82
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57 39 75 89
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 36 78 73
AZITHROMYCIN 56 40 78 39
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 54 80 71
ONDANSETRON HCL 53 44 81 195
CLONIDINE HCL 53 45 81 48
GLIPIZIDE 53 44 81 61
QUINAPRIL HCL 52 38 84 138
VESICARE 52 40 84 240
TIZANIDINE HCL 51 0 86 83
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 46 86 64
DIOVAN 50 50 88 42
BYSTOLIC 50 46 88 118
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 Nov. 14, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.