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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,990Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 682

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 99 out of 682

635 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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

14% of this provider’s 635 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 635 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 13,354 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,091 605 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 882 418 2 2
ENDOCET 798 163 S2 3 88
ATENOLOL 635 411 4 18
SIMVASTATIN 627 382 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 565 342 6 5
FUROSEMIDE 520 330 7 7
NEXIUM 474 234 8 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 457 312 9 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 435 298 10 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 408 266 11 14
METFORMIN HCL 367 264 12 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 346 181 13 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 326 252 14 13
PROMETHAZINE HCL 300 87 R 15 54
GABAPENTIN 298 111 16 9
GLIPIZIDE 273 186 17 61
MELOXICAM 266 116 18 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 253 111 19 29
TIZANIDINE HCL 247 24 20 83
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 245 144 21 11
AZITHROMYCIN 228 142 22 39
CLOPIDOGREL 227 142 23 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 219 158 24 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 205 147 25 57
TRAMADOL HCL 196 93 26 26
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 193 125 27 58
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 191 134 28 10
PROAIR HFA 190 105 29 45
PLAVIX 182 113 30 35
DIOVAN 173 120 31 42
IBUPROFEN 169 110 32 79
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 163 112 S3 33 126
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 160 108 34 20
PREDNISONE 158 65 35 40
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 158 86 35 107
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 156 119 37 121
CLONIDINE HCL 151 91 38 48
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 150 62 39 103
GLIPIZIDE XL 149 103 40 181
TAMSULOSIN HCL 148 109 41 33
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 147 83 R 42 50
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 146 55 R 43 65
BUMETANIDE 139 92 44 115
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 137 108 45 31
COMBIVENT 136 78 46 105
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 135 83 47 36
VERAPAMIL ER 132 117 48 116
NYSTATIN 128 89 49 95
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 124 43 S2 50 98
MECLIZINE HCL 121 73 51 124
SINGULAIR 120 59 52 63
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 119 53 53 16
FLUCONAZOLE 116 57 54 154
CELEBREX 113 63 55 80
CEFUROXIME 112 64 56 164
LANTUS 112 58 56 55
LIPITOR 107 83 58 92
CARVEDILOL 105 83 59 23
CRESTOR 97 37 60 22
AMOXICILLIN 96 71 61 113
RANITIDINE HCL 95 48 62 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 95 70 62 15
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 92 70 64 142
METHYLPREDNISOLONE ACETATE 91 82 10 65 391
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 86 59 66 91
NITROSTAT 84 40 67 161
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 83 39 S2 68 120
SPIRIVA 83 54 68 49
CARISOPRODOL 82 0 R 70 146
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 81 54 71 110
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 77 53 72 123
GLIMEPIRIDE 76 62 73 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 76 51 73 21
VENTOLIN HFA 75 45 75 101
GLIPIZIDE ER 75 48 75 108
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 43 77 111
RAMIPRIL 73 61 77 81
ALPRAZOLAM 73 33 77 90
PREMARIN 70 31 R 80 132
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 70 36 80 153
ALLOPURINOL 70 61 80 32
NAPROXEN 68 26 83 97
FEXOFENADINE HCL 68 47 83 280
DIGOXIN 67 47 85 46
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 66 36 86 112
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 65 50 87 44
LYRICA 65 27 87 78
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 27 89 47
NAMENDA 63 63 90 41
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 46 90 114
DILTIAZEM ER 63 53 90 136
INSULIN SYRINGE 62 31 93 75
PAROXETINE HCL 62 48 93 53
CILOSTAZOL 60 35 95 183
HYDRALAZINE HCL 60 52 95 74
MIRTAZAPINE 59 39 97 52
CEPHALEXIN 59 29 97 128
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 28 99 85
GEMFIBROZIL 57 26 100 122
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 56 49 101 176
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 22 101 119
CYMBALTA 55 20 103 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 55 55 103 30
XOPENEX HFA 54 28 105 453
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 53 29 106 174
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 12 107 64
COLCRYS 51 31 108 241
TRAZODONE HCL 51 17 108 38
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 July 8, 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.