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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,844Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 136 out of 682

$905K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 129 out of 682

596 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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

5% of this provider’s 596 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 596 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 13,199 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
SIMVASTATIN 750 672 1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 478 453 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 457 410 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 416 344 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 396 383 5 7
LISINOPRIL 355 305 6 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 349 294 7 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 321 237 S3 8 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 285 277 9 14
DIOVAN 281 277 10 42
METFORMIN HCL 250 219 11 8
ATENOLOL 234 197 12 18
GABAPENTIN 210 189 13 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 209 182 14 21
NEXIUM 208 195 15 19
SYNTHROID 208 192 15 59
WARFARIN SODIUM 171 171 17 13
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 167 156 18 57
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 163 155 19 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 159 154 20 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 158 146 21 11
CELEBREX 149 149 22 80
MELOXICAM 147 115 23 27
ALPRAZOLAM 146 121 24 90
DONEPEZIL HCL 145 145 25 30
METFORMIN HCL ER 141 117 26 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 132 107 27 36
PREMARIN 130 111 R 28 132
AZITHROMYCIN 123 109 29 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 120 109 30 10
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 116 116 31 31
FENOFIBRATE 114 103 32 76
ESTRADIOL 113 75 R 33 152
CEFUROXIME 112 102 34 164
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 104 34 12
VERAPAMIL ER 108 108 36 116
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 105 97 R 37 50
TRAZODONE HCL 104 88 38 38
CLOPIDOGREL 103 98 39 25
CRESTOR 100 84 40 22
NAMENDA 98 98 41 41
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 98 89 41 119
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95 87 43 29
CARVEDILOL 93 93 44 23
CLONIDINE HCL 93 93 44 48
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 79 46 58
DIGOXIN 90 90 47 46
TRAMADOL HCL 90 86 47 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 90 76 47 43
EVISTA 82 78 50 135
SERTRALINE HCL 80 59 51 24
ROPINIROLE HCL 74 45 52 71
CYMBALTA 72 54 53 51
FLUOXETINE HCL 72 60 53 60
LEVOFLOXACIN 70 65 55 70
PLAVIX 66 64 56 35
WELCHOL 65 63 57 232
QUINAPRIL HCL 63 63 58 138
DIOVAN HCT 63 61 58 109
LIDODERM 62 59 60 134
PROAIR HFA 62 52 60 45
FENTANYL 61 51 S2 62 86
PAROXETINE HCL 61 54 62 53
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 57 64 91
TRICOR 57 57 65 94
VYTORIN 57 54 65 145
KLOR-CON 10 56 56 67 148
JANUVIA 54 33 68 62
LANTUS 54 54 68 55
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 54 50 68 149
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 53 53 71 173
CLONAZEPAM 52 51 72 194
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 51 38 73 137
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 51 73 64
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 50 40 75 44
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 March 23, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.