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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,817Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 93 out of 682

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 93 out of 682

514 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 514 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 514 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 11,940 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
FUROSEMIDE 909 622 1 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 906 503 S3 2 1
LISINOPRIL 556 335 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 520 351 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 520 342 4 5
METFORMIN HCL 419 232 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 393 288 7 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 392 267 8 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 341 200 9 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 330 236 10 14
GABAPENTIN 289 145 11 9
CLONIDINE HCL 269 113 12 48
WARFARIN SODIUM 258 205 13 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 238 170 14 12
CRESTOR 230 142 15 22
NEXIUM 213 111 16 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 209 119 17 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 196 124 18 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 195 161 19 30
DIOVAN 193 108 20 42
PROMETHAZINE HCL 173 41 R 21 54
CARVEDILOL 172 88 22 23
ATENOLOL 168 127 23 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 167 112 24 21
SERTRALINE HCL 162 105 25 24
RANITIDINE HCL 162 120 25 28
CARISOPRODOL 152 0 R 27 146
MIRTAZAPINE 150 119 28 52
NAMENDA 150 129 28 41
ALLOPURINOL 147 110 30 32
RAMIPRIL 135 57 31 81
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 135 74 31 29
RISPERIDONE 132 98 33 82
DIGOXIN 126 86 34 46
PAROXETINE HCL 119 79 35 53
LANTUS 119 75 35 55
LEVOFLOXACIN 117 72 37 70
IBUPROFEN 109 60 38 79
MELOXICAM 109 78 38 27
GLYBURIDE 108 72 R 40 72
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 106 58 41 20
PROAIR HFA 101 46 42 45
CLOPIDOGREL 100 71 43 25
SINGULAIR 97 61 44 63
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 95 38 R 45 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 53 45 47
LOVAZA 92 87 47 106
CYMBALTA 92 59 47 51
TRAZODONE HCL 87 43 49 38
NAPROXEN 82 37 50 97
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 80 19 R 51 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 45 51 33
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 79 28 53 221
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 52 53 60
BUMETANIDE 78 42 55 115
LEVETIRACETAM 77 56 56 125
SPIRIVA 76 47 57 49
PREMARIN 76 45 R 57 132
EXELON 74 74 59 104
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 73 52 60 58
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 71 60 61 73
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 71 25 S2 61 98
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 70 43 63 140
PLAVIX 70 64 63 35
GLIPIZIDE 70 40 63 61
VERAPAMIL ER 69 45 66 116
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 32 66 64
KLOR-CON M10 68 31 68 186
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 67 36 69 203
MECLIZINE HCL 67 51 69 124
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 41 69 34
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 65 30 72 149
VENTOLIN HFA 65 30 72 101
JANUVIA 64 54 74 62
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 64 33 74 110
LOVASTATIN 63 49 76 66
FENOFIBRATE 61 18 77 76
KLOR-CON M20 61 48 77 67
TRAMADOL HCL 60 49 79 26
PROPRANOLOL HCL 60 35 79 141
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 30 79 103
INSULIN SYRINGE 59 46 82 75
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 41 82 87
NOVOLIN R 58 44 84 167
FLUCONAZOLE 58 16 84 154
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 56 34 86 15
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56 40 86 44
DILANTIN 55 55 88 322
OLANZAPINE 55 26 88 168
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 53 30 90 84
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 53 40 R 90 197
TRICOR 51 25 92 94
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 51 48 92 156
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 43 92 180
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50 31 95 112
LYRICA 50 37 95 78
JANUMET 50 28 95 200
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 Sept. 29, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.