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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,014Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 11

$985K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 11

512 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

9% of this provider’s 512 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 512 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 18,755 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 34.


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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,050 919 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 844 805 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 637 589 3 3
LISINOPRIL 567 497 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 552 491 5 5
SIMVASTATIN 494 483 6 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 447 415 7 6
CARVEDILOL 416 346 8 16
SERTRALINE HCL 410 396 9 20
TRAMADOL HCL 369 364 10 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 331 307 11 21
GABAPENTIN 329 269 12 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 325 324 13 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 322 300 14 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 301 266 15 15
LIDODERM 299 299 16 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 288 213 17 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 283 282 18 7
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 240 195 19 38
NEXIUM 240 213 19 31
RANITIDINE HCL 220 194 21 27
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 214 198 22 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 214 184 22 10
NAMENDA 211 211 24 18
PREMARIN 207 184 R 25 108
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 206 185 26 32
METFORMIN HCL 202 185 27 17
DIOVAN 196 192 28 49
CLOPIDOGREL 186 171 29 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 186 125 29 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 164 152 31 25
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 159 159 32 50
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 153 138 33 97
MELOXICAM 151 151 34 43
TRAZODONE HCL 151 139 34 38
GLIPIZIDE 146 129 36 51
PREDNISONE 142 127 37 68
PLAVIX 137 129 38 42
AZITHROMYCIN 136 123 39 62
MIRTAZAPINE 132 132 40 22
CYMBALTA 130 117 41 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 124 117 42 19
CRESTOR 124 116 42 27
RAMIPRIL 122 122 44 113
LANTUS 120 85 45 34
CLONIDINE HCL 118 118 46 46
KLOR-CON M20 114 113 47 64
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 112 83 48 90
ATENOLOL 110 106 49 29
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 105 105 50 79
KLOR-CON M10 104 91 51 158
ALLOPURINOL 102 98 52 41
SINGULAIR 101 82 53 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 86 54 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 96 96 55 71
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 81 56 75
PAROXETINE HCL 91 79 57 78
PROPRANOLOL HCL 90 70 58 166
NOVOLIN R 85 60 59 142
SYNTHROID 81 63 60 82
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 71 61 88
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 78 63 R 62 76
LYRICA 77 52 63 74
ROPINIROLE HCL 76 76 64 77
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 70 65 92
DIGOXIN 74 55 66 58
LEVOFLOXACIN 72 63 67 99
BENAZEPRIL HCL 71 71 68 123
SODIUM CHLORIDE 69 58 69 70
RISPERIDONE 69 69 69 69
NAPROXEN 69 64 69 112
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 67 72 60
SEROQUEL 67 67 73 97
HYDRALAZINE HCL 66 63 74 45
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 64 49 75 53
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 64 62 75 115
FENTANYL 63 60 S2 77 59
LEVETIRACETAM 63 63 77 44
EVISTA 61 57 79 135
BUMETANIDE 61 61 79 72
LIPITOR 60 57 81 81
ESTRADIOL 60 36 R 81 206
CELEBREX 58 56 83 93
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 56 48 84 95
TAMSULOSIN HCL 56 43 84 55
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 51 86 33
GLIPIZIDE ER 55 54 86 128
LANSOPRAZOLE 55 55 86 140
DIOVAN HCT 54 50 89 129
FAMOTIDINE 54 53 89 105
NITROFURANTOIN 54 37 89 214
COMTAN 52 52 92 216
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 37 93 100
PATANOL 50 50 94 156
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 15, 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.