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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,546Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 80 out of 682

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 69 out of 682

584 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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 584 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 584 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,899 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 716 658 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 644 542 S3 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 631 523 3 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 590 474 4 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 537 463 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 534 473 6 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 449 386 7 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 436 377 8 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 399 351 9 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 282 261 10 30
LISINOPRIL 273 210 11 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 265 225 12 17
MIRTAZAPINE 265 203 12 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 247 230 14 21
GABAPENTIN 243 158 15 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 242 224 16 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 234 191 17 29
METFORMIN HCL 231 167 18 8
OMEPRAZOLE 226 194 19 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 201 148 20 10
MELOXICAM 175 159 21 27
SERTRALINE HCL 163 159 22 24
ALLOPURINOL 159 131 23 32
LANTUS 152 112 24 55
LEVOFLOXACIN 149 119 25 70
CARVEDILOL 147 130 26 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 145 143 27 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 143 126 28 33
LOVASTATIN 143 126 28 66
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 140 95 30 139
GLIMEPIRIDE 131 120 31 43
CLOPIDOGREL 130 123 32 25
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 126 110 33 57
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 103 34 12
AZITHROMYCIN 123 113 35 39
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 121 86 36 84
SPIRONOLACTONE 119 102 37 64
NAMENDA 116 105 38 41
HYDRALAZINE HCL 111 101 39 74
PLAVIX 108 106 40 35
PREDNISONE 106 65 41 40
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 104 91 42 96
BACLOFEN 103 45 43 130
ATENOLOL 103 78 43 18
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 101 51 45 215
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 100 81 46 142
DIOVAN 100 91 46 42
CRESTOR 99 73 48 22
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 99 46 S2 48 98
TRAZODONE HCL 99 82 48 38
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 98 84 51 127
FINASTERIDE 98 85 51 131
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 98 68 S2 51 120
CEFTRIAXONE 97 77 54 261
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 96 50 R 55 65
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 96 88 55 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 96 75 55 36
DIGOXIN 90 72 58 46
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 90 78 58 77
LEVETIRACETAM 89 59 60 125
OLANZAPINE 88 54 61 168
FLUOXETINE HCL 88 64 61 60
RISPERIDONE 86 67 63 82
NOVOLOG 84 57 64 129
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 83 44 65 119
PROPRANOLOL HCL 80 76 66 141
FENOFIBRATE 78 55 67 76
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 78 57 67 44
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 77 69 69 180
TERAZOSIN HCL 75 72 70 171
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 74 49 71 103
CYMBALTA 73 65 72 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 66 72 56
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 72 35 74 140
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 67 0 S2 75 143
KLOR-CON M20 66 42 76 67
METRONIDAZOLE 65 55 77 254
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 61 47 78 204
CLONIDINE HCL 61 31 78 48
FENTANYL 60 58 S2 80 86
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 60 44 80 137
LIDODERM 60 35 80 134
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 59 39 83 111
LIDOCAINE HCL 59 46 83 266
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 58 40 85 110
BYSTOLIC 57 56 86 118
NISOLDIPINE 56 48 87 315
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 56 87 89
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 48 89 71
LANSOPRAZOLE 55 44 89 85
PROMETHAZINE HCL 54 40 R 91 54
SINGULAIR 54 48 91 63
BUMETANIDE 54 46 91 115
TRAMADOL HCL 52 51 94 26
LIPITOR 52 46 94 92
NEXIUM 52 42 94 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 46 97 47
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 23, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.