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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,049Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 96

$753K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 96

585 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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

4% of this provider’s 585 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 585 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,096 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $95 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 572 500 1 17
LISINOPRIL 567 500 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 472 423 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 441 411 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 373 356 5 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 337 310 6 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 308 266 7 11
OMEPRAZOLE 295 233 8 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 284 225 S3 9 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 261 215 10 22
METFORMIN HCL 241 172 11 20
SERTRALINE HCL 211 167 12 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 188 184 13 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 178 158 14 63
GABAPENTIN 168 123 15 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 168 158 15 10
FUROSEMIDE 164 142 17 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 154 121 18 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 141 125 19 51
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 134 125 20 23
PAROXETINE HCL 129 105 21 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 128 101 22 72
GLIMEPIRIDE 126 109 23 122
FLUOXETINE HCL 125 99 24 41
CLOPIDOGREL 108 93 25 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 106 89 26 14
ATENOLOL 106 101 26 16
CARVEDILOL 104 88 28 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 104 94 28 12
MELOXICAM 103 88 30 34
ALLOPURINOL 101 96 31 44
AZITHROMYCIN 97 82 32 66
NEXIUM 90 71 33 30
PLAVIX 89 82 34 29
BUPROPION XL 88 72 35 183
LANTUS 87 70 36 58
DIOVAN 87 86 36 40
PREDNISONE 84 74 38 27
LOVASTATIN 82 73 39 93
RAMIPRIL 78 70 40 107
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 78 62 40 121
TRAMADOL HCL 76 52 42 48
CRESTOR 72 59 43 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 69 44 60
DONEPEZIL HCL 70 70 45 26
KLOR-CON M20 70 55 45 88
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 49 45 49
TRAZODONE HCL 66 59 48 37
RANITIDINE HCL 65 55 49 42
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 64 30 50 124
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 47 51 94
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 58 52 67
DIGOXIN 58 58 53 32
JANUVIA 56 47 54 114
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 56 54 83
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 33 56 91
NAMENDA 55 55 56 35
BUPROPION HCL SR 55 42 56 178
METFORMIN HCL ER 54 54 59 74
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 50 59 164
PROAIR HFA 52 41 61 75
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 31 62 120
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 Jan. 27, 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.