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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,612Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 225 out of 682

$632K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 225 out of 682

293 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 293 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 9,899 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
LISINOPRIL 698 648 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 492 457 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 336 324 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 328 305 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 309 299 5 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 277 238 6 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 276 265 7 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 271 254 8 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 269 252 9 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 247 222 10 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 241 237 11 13
METFORMIN HCL 190 172 12 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 189 172 S3 13 1
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 177 172 14 31
GLIPIZIDE 174 169 15 61
TRAMADOL HCL 167 138 16 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 165 151 17 20
GABAPENTIN 160 149 18 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 151 144 19 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 144 129 20 14
RANITIDINE HCL 125 118 21 28
CRESTOR 125 118 21 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 124 113 23 17
TRAZODONE HCL 121 117 24 38
ATENOLOL 115 113 25 18
GLYBURIDE 111 102 R 26 72
CARVEDILOL 110 110 27 23
CLOPIDOGREL 100 88 28 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 94 94 29 30
CHLORTHALIDONE 93 92 30 182
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 92 91 31 15
DIGOXIN 89 89 32 46
NAMENDA 88 88 33 41
PLAVIX 79 71 34 35
INSULIN SYRINGE 76 66 35 75
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 65 36 47
LOVASTATIN 67 62 37 66
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 54 38 29
LANTUS 66 56 38 55
NEXIUM 66 66 38 19
PREDNISONE 64 63 41 40
SPIRIVA 62 61 42 49
PROAIR HFA 59 57 43 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 50 44 36
LIPITOR 51 44 45 92
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 45 45 64
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 Oct. 4, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.