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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,046Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 135 out of 682

$739K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 178 out of 682

514 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 514 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 514 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,543 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 723 506 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 589 491 2 5
LISINOPRIL 450 360 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 439 361 4 3
GABAPENTIN 419 317 5 9
FUROSEMIDE 391 328 6 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 372 299 7 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 372 298 7 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 365 292 9 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 329 245 10 21
SIMVASTATIN 317 304 11 4
LOVASTATIN 303 244 12 66
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 243 218 13 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232 181 14 12
PREDNISONE 224 194 15 40
MELOXICAM 216 179 16 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 205 157 17 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 167 133 18 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 155 123 19 13
METFORMIN HCL ER 150 126 20 68
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 148 109 21 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 146 109 22 33
BACLOFEN 145 97 23 130
CLONAZEPAM 126 96 24 194
TRAZODONE HCL 122 35 25 38
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 121 93 26 57
ATENOLOL 120 115 27 18
AZITHROMYCIN 117 73 28 39
METFORMIN HCL 114 93 29 8
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 113 96 30 31
FINASTERIDE 110 102 31 131
RANITIDINE HCL 107 93 32 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 104 67 33 36
NEXIUM 103 80 34 19
FENOFIBRATE 97 95 35 76
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 96 40 36 29
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 96 65 R 36 50
GLYBURIDE 95 94 R 38 72
CELEBREX 90 65 39 80
CLOPIDOGREL 89 65 40 25
SERTRALINE HCL 88 32 41 24
ESTRADIOL 85 45 R 42 152
CARVEDILOL 80 69 43 23
DIGOXIN 79 76 44 46
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 79 64 44 58
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 58 46 56
DIOVAN 77 64 46 42
PROMETHAZINE HCL 76 43 R 48 54
KLOR-CON M10 76 65 48 186
VENTOLIN HFA 70 60 50 101
PROAIR HFA 69 42 51 45
ALLOPURINOL 69 65 51 32
SPIRONOLACTONE 68 65 53 64
LANSOPRAZOLE 67 50 54 85
CLONIDINE HCL 65 64 55 48
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 64 61 56 107
CRESTOR 61 35 57 22
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 42 57 47
NAPROXEN 61 44 57 97
TRAMADOL HCL 60 38 60 26
PLAVIX 59 45 61 35
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 57 46 62 111
LYRICA 57 20 62 78
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 38 64 75
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 41 64 60
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 49 66 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 53 35 66 15
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 51 42 68 278
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.