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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,692Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 682

$1.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 682

894 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%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

3% of this provider’s 894 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 894 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 21,971 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

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 964 850 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 913 787 2 5
LISINOPRIL 880 759 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 847 737 4 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 706 672 5 6
LOVASTATIN 669 610 6 66
FUROSEMIDE 668 578 7 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 662 580 8 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 528 499 9 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 483 394 10 17
METFORMIN HCL 471 390 11 8
GABAPENTIN 399 340 12 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 357 274 S3 13 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 340 316 14 20
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 333 252 15 91
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 310 295 16 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 291 284 17 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 289 251 18 12
CARVEDILOL 289 236 18 23
NEXIUM 284 220 20 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 255 177 21 21
ATENOLOL 251 226 22 18
CLOPIDOGREL 236 203 23 25
DIOVAN 233 223 24 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 229 180 25 29
PREDNISONE 226 178 26 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 218 173 27 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 218 175 27 36
NIFEDIPINE ER 208 197 29 144
RANITIDINE HCL 193 150 30 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 190 171 31 14
SERTRALINE HCL 181 153 32 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 177 177 33 30
SPIRONOLACTONE 175 149 34 64
ZETIA 173 142 35 69
AZITHROMYCIN 173 144 35 39
DIGOXIN 166 160 37 46
RAMIPRIL 166 152 37 81
GLIMEPIRIDE 165 148 39 43
BENAZEPRIL HCL 164 125 40 89
MELOXICAM 160 139 41 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 159 150 42 33
TRAZODONE HCL 155 140 43 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 145 128 44 74
LEVOFLOXACIN 145 113 44 70
CEFUROXIME 139 115 46 164
CLONIDINE HCL 139 108 46 48
PROAIR HFA 135 98 48 45
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 135 128 48 56
SYNTHROID 134 125 50 59
SINGULAIR 131 115 51 63
ADVAIR DISKUS 130 102 52 47
TIZANIDINE HCL 129 112 53 83
PLAVIX 127 118 54 35
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 123 102 55 127
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 122 104 56 44
NIASPAN 120 115 57 133
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 116 91 58 15
CRESTOR 114 97 59 22
DIOVAN HCT 114 114 59 109
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 114 103 59 57
DILTIAZEM ER 112 100 62 136
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 95 63 34
SPIRIVA 108 93 64 49
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 108 95 64 37
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 107 99 66 123
FAMOTIDINE 106 82 67 99
LANTUS 106 92 67 55
JANUVIA 104 96 69 62
NAMENDA 102 102 70 41
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 101 89 71 58
GLYBURIDE 100 83 R 72 72
ALLOPURINOL 98 88 73 32
LOVAZA 97 97 74 106
VYTORIN 97 96 74 145
KLOR-CON 10 97 75 74 148
PAROXETINE HCL 95 83 77 53
CYMBALTA 93 40 78 51
TAZTIA XT 93 88 10 78 350
FENOFIBRATE 93 74 78 76
BUSPIRONE HCL 93 51 78 102
INSULIN SYRINGE 92 58 82 75
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 92 81 82 77
TRAMADOL HCL 92 84 82 26
MIRTAZAPINE 90 86 85 52
GLIPIZIDE 90 85 85 61
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 82 74 87 73
FLUOXETINE HCL 77 70 88 60
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 77 62 88 112
TRICOR 76 60 90 94
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 73 65 R 91 177
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72 56 R 92 50
PROPRANOLOL HCL 65 58 93 141
CELEBREX 63 55 94 80
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 54 94 87
QUINAPRIL HCL 62 59 96 138
GEMFIBROZIL 61 37 97 122
MECLIZINE HCL 60 59 98 124
LYRICA 59 36 99 78
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 59 38 99 153
NAPROXEN 56 55 101 97
LIDODERM 54 34 102 134
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 53 50 S3 103 126
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 52 52 104 162
KLOR-CON M20 52 41 104 67
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. 30, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.