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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,145Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 63 out of 682

$1.19M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 65 out of 682

764 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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 764 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 764 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 15,402 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

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 1,465 903 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 736 593 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 618 479 3 4
LISINOPRIL 587 465 4 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 508 400 5 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 475 421 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 419 328 7 6
OMEPRAZOLE 368 249 8 5
GABAPENTIN 348 211 9 9
CRESTOR 337 226 10 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 330 290 11 14
METFORMIN HCL 306 201 12 8
NEXIUM 296 196 13 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 284 272 14 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 283 221 15 13
NAMENDA 252 252 16 41
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 233 209 17 10
INSULIN SYRINGE 230 165 18 75
CITALOPRAM HBR 230 202 18 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 222 135 20 21
RAMIPRIL 218 150 21 81
TRICOR 213 111 22 94
AZITHROMYCIN 201 124 23 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 200 140 24 29
CLONIDINE HCL 179 115 25 48
DIGOXIN 173 144 26 46
CARISOPRODOL 172 43 R 27 146
LEVETIRACETAM 158 120 28 125
CARVEDILOL 156 97 29 23
ZETIA 155 114 30 69
JANUVIA 155 121 30 62
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 153 119 32 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 151 96 33 11
NOVOLIN R 151 126 33 167
SERTRALINE HCL 149 118 35 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 148 116 36 84
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 147 106 37 20
GLIPIZIDE 147 119 37 61
LANTUS 144 95 39 55
RISPERIDONE 139 114 40 82
RANITIDINE HCL 137 99 41 28
DIOVAN 135 79 42 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 134 113 43 37
BYSTOLIC 129 85 44 118
MIRTAZAPINE 128 103 45 52
ADVAIR DISKUS 121 86 46 47
ATENOLOL 119 65 47 18
KLOR-CON 8 115 97 48 235
PROAIR HFA 114 57 49 45
CYMBALTA 114 78 49 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 96 51 56
ROPINIROLE HCL 109 100 52 71
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 104 83 53 16
TRAMADOL HCL 104 66 53 26
TRAZODONE HCL 104 74 53 38
CLOPIDOGREL 99 84 56 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 96 68 57 15
KLOR-CON M10 95 82 58 186
LIDODERM 93 87 59 134
LYRICA 87 76 60 78
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 86 69 61 73
PROMETHAZINE HCL 86 62 R 61 54
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 86 35 R 61 65
SPIRONOLACTONE 85 50 64 64
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 82 73 65 87
LEVOFLOXACIN 82 59 65 70
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 81 45 67 110
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 79 65 68 58
SPIRIVA 79 62 68 49
GLYBURIDE 78 67 R 70 72
FAMOTIDINE 75 69 71 99
SINGULAIR 74 51 72 63
MEGESTROL ACETATE 74 72 R 72 165
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 69 56 S3 74 126
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 69 64 74 156
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 50 74 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 40 77 34
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 0 S2 78 98
NOVOLIN 70-30 65 16 78 189
NASONEX 65 46 78 199
PLAVIX 64 53 81 35
CELEBREX 62 47 82 80
PROPRANOLOL HCL 61 61 83 141
KLOR-CON 10 58 27 84 148
MELOXICAM 57 36 85 27
FENTANYL 57 56 S2 85 86
LOVASTATIN 57 43 85 66
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 55 38 R 88 197
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 55 34 88 91
FLECTOR 54 45 90 453
ALLOPURINOL 53 44 91 32
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 53 0 91 176
ACTONEL 51 50 93 281
PAROXETINE HCL 51 50 93 53
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 44 95 31
CILOSTAZOL 50 32 95 183
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 Aug. 2, 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.