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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,641Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 128 out of 1107

$771K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 177 out of 1107

387 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

6% of this provider’s 387 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 387 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 12,590 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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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 748 561 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 582 444 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 579 423 3 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 506 264 S3 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 443 329 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 436 368 6 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 410 344 7 14
METFORMIN HCL 360 262 8 8
LISINOPRIL 340 279 9 2
GLIMEPIRIDE 329 270 10 43
MELOXICAM 316 216 11 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 290 255 12 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 278 254 13 13
ATENOLOL 261 187 14 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 237 169 15 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 230 196 16 16
CEFUROXIME 221 165 17 157
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 220 162 18 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 219 187 19 11
ROPINIROLE HCL 216 176 20 69
AZITHROMYCIN 184 124 21 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 183 170 22 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 174 147 23 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 153 24 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 165 135 25 77
CARVEDILOL 158 131 26 27
NEXIUM 155 112 27 18
CLOPIDOGREL 154 104 28 28
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 149 105 R 29 48
PLAVIX 138 106 30 39
GABAPENTIN 137 94 31 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 132 127 32 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 123 67 33 30
ETODOLAC 109 69 34 210
BACLOFEN 108 90 35 133
PROAIR HFA 106 61 36 37
JANUVIA 101 74 37 60
FLUOXETINE HCL 97 87 38 47
ALLOPURINOL 97 63 38 36
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 95 95 40 62
SYNTHROID 94 80 41 70
CRESTOR 94 72 41 23
DIOVAN 91 77 43 51
DILTIAZEM ER 89 69 44 139
TRAMADOL HCL 88 66 45 26
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 87 79 46 92
ACTOS 85 66 47 132
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 43 47 54
LANSOPRAZOLE 80 49 49 102
DONEPEZIL HCL 79 79 50 32
DIGOXIN 75 66 51 52
PREDNISONE 74 49 52 40
CARBAMAZEPINE 74 45 52 215
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 66 52 59
PROMETHAZINE HCL 74 24 R 52 44
NIASPAN 74 58 52 125
ESTRADIOL 73 60 R 57 151
RANITIDINE HCL 72 62 58 21
HYDROXYZINE HCL 70 57 R 59 162
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 69 35 60 147
MECLIZINE HCL 68 66 61 114
BENAZEPRIL HCL 67 57 62 86
ZETIA 67 56 62 76
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 46 62 72
DIOVAN HCT 66 58 65 106
CELEBREX 65 53 66 85
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 64 56 67 29
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 64 47 67 117
PREMARIN 64 59 R 67 149
GLIPIZIDE 63 46 70 64
LOVASTATIN 62 62 71 55
PAROXETINE HCL 60 48 72 45
VENTOLIN HFA 60 30 72 97
LEVOFLOXACIN 59 53 74 71
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 59 18 S2 74 156
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 35 R 76 56
TIZANIDINE HCL 56 31 77 73
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 55 55 78 122
DICYCLOMINE HCL 54 22 79 208
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 51 80 46
SERTRALINE HCL 52 39 81 20
FELODIPINE ER 51 33 82 218
EXFORGE 51 51 82 221
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 24 S2 84 93
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 38 84 88
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 June 29, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.