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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,871Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 682

$1.97M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 682

803 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

13% of this provider’s 803 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 803 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 22,311 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$64 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 2,053 1,497 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 906 571 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 799 591 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 779 658 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 767 626 5 3
METFORMIN HCL 735 482 6 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 573 426 7 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 460 338 8 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 446 346 9 16
LISINOPRIL 438 357 10 2
GABAPENTIN 414 311 11 9
FUROSEMIDE 396 338 12 7
ATENOLOL 369 254 13 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 348 269 14 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 329 284 15 20
NEXIUM 326 220 16 19
CLOPIDOGREL 319 240 17 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 314 221 18 29
CRESTOR 313 214 19 22
ENDOCET 310 138 S2 20 88
CITALOPRAM HBR 285 185 21 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 280 240 22 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 278 214 23 11
OXYCODONE HCL 275 134 S2 24 93
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 273 210 25 14
SPIRIVA 268 216 26 49
RANITIDINE HCL 255 168 27 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 245 189 28 12
AZITHROMYCIN 244 173 29 39
PLAVIX 241 193 30 35
CARVEDILOL 241 203 30 23
SERTRALINE HCL 237 186 32 24
JANUVIA 235 158 33 62
TRAMADOL HCL 228 149 34 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 225 134 35 43
MELOXICAM 222 169 36 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 215 155 37 15
PROAIR HFA 214 127 38 45
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 206 124 39 57
JANTOVEN 196 140 40 208
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 187 164 41 31
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 187 88 R 41 65
DONEPEZIL HCL 178 178 43 30
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 177 135 44 58
DIOVAN 177 157 44 42
CLONIDINE HCL 174 149 46 48
SINGULAIR 170 119 47 63
RISPERIDONE 163 140 48 82
NOVOLOG 160 127 49 129
LEVOFLOXACIN 156 97 50 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 154 92 51 36
ONDANSETRON HCL 154 125 51 195
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 154 120 51 123
LEVETIRACETAM 149 100 54 125
PROMETHAZINE HCL 146 100 R 55 54
CYMBALTA 142 76 56 51
PAROXETINE HCL 140 110 57 53
PREDNISONE 139 98 58 40
DIGOXIN 134 114 59 46
PREMARIN 132 73 R 60 132
SPIRONOLACTONE 129 114 61 64
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 128 69 62 110
GLIPIZIDE 128 102 62 61
NYSTATIN 127 107 64 95
LYRICA 124 44 65 78
EXELON 124 124 65 104
NAMENDA 124 111 65 41
INSULIN SYRINGE 122 91 68 75
AMITIZA 121 62 69 286
FLUCONAZOLE 117 72 70 154
LANTUS 117 80 70 55
COMBIVENT 113 102 72 105
LOVAZA 113 59 72 106
ALLOPURINOL 111 77 74 32
FLUOXETINE HCL 111 40 74 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 109 93 76 47
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 61 76 147
LIPITOR 105 90 78 92
TRICOR 105 62 78 94
LIDODERM 105 99 78 134
HYDRALAZINE HCL 105 101 78 74
TIZANIDINE HCL 105 50 78 83
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 69 83 73
NITROSTAT 102 81 84 161
TRAZODONE HCL 101 47 85 38
JANUMET 97 82 86 200
ROPINIROLE HCL 96 49 87 71
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 96 59 87 112
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 67 87 33
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 95 79 90 91
DILTIAZEM ER 95 75 90 136
DEXILANT 92 69 92 201
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 88 67 93 204
CELEBREX 87 85 94 80
LANSOPRAZOLE 86 69 95 85
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 37 96 34
MUPIROCIN 83 64 96 166
MEGESTROL ACETATE 83 76 R 96 165
SYNTHROID 83 50 96 59
PEN NEEDLE 80 62 100 159
FAMOTIDINE 80 60 100 99
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78 56 102 37
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 76 62 103 173
VYTORIN 76 58 103 145
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 73 56 105 139
CEPHALEXIN 70 52 106 128
QUINAPRIL HCL 70 59 106 138
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 68 61 R 108 50
SODIUM CHLORIDE 68 61 108 209
LACTULOSE 68 64 108 100
FENTANYL 68 47 S2 108 86
IBUPROFEN 67 45 112 79
MIRTAZAPINE 66 49 113 52
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 29 S2 113 98
TOPIRAMATE 64 12 115 150
METHOCARBAMOL 63 45 R 116 163
GLIPIZIDE ER 62 43 117 108
PHENYTOIN 62 41 117 265
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 60 117 56
DIOVAN HCT 62 35 117 109
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 61 41 121 87
CLONAZEPAM 60 19 122 194
RAMIPRIL 60 53 122 81
NAPROXEN 60 23 122 97
METRONIDAZOLE 58 44 125 254
AMOXICILLIN 57 36 126 113
DETROL LA 57 57 126 226
VITAMIN D2 56 44 128 206
SOTALOL 56 52 128 218
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 55 49 130 220
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 35 131 77
LEVEMIR 54 51 131 185
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 41 131 114
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 53 23 134 84
BENICAR 52 31 135 202
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 50 50 136 156
NASONEX 50 38 136 199
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.