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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,862Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 682

$1.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 61 out of 682

461 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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

8% of this provider’s 461 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 461 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 16,483 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 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 947 539 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 915 631 2 4
LISINOPRIL 851 638 3 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 760 627 4 12
OMEPRAZOLE 661 476 5 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 579 487 6 3
METFORMIN HCL 516 331 7 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 446 344 8 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 430 361 9 6
NEXIUM 386 316 10 19
GABAPENTIN 384 211 11 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 375 297 12 31
ATENOLOL 375 315 12 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 363 270 14 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 321 213 15 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 301 246 16 11
FUROSEMIDE 298 223 17 7
CLOPIDOGREL 291 252 18 25
NADOLOL 289 270 10 19 239
RANITIDINE HCL 269 175 20 28
SERTRALINE HCL 269 204 20 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 263 192 22 21
PLAVIX 241 218 23 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 235 182 24 15
QUINAPRIL HCL 229 187 25 138
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 220 160 26 10
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 204 147 27 142
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 203 174 28 20
TRAMADOL HCL 202 170 29 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 201 88 30 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 175 129 31 58
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 175 107 31 110
SPIRONOLACTONE 170 140 33 64
CRESTOR 170 129 33 22
GLYBURIDE 146 113 R 35 72
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 145 113 36 121
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 142 92 R 37 50
INSULIN SYRINGE 136 78 38 75
ROPINIROLE HCL 135 85 39 71
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 132 117 40 29
METFORMIN HCL ER 127 86 41 68
FLUCONAZOLE 119 51 42 154
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 94 43 56
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 117 108 43 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 106 106 45 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 92 46 33
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 104 78 47 127
LANTUS 103 67 48 55
LANSOPRAZOLE 102 51 49 85
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 99 72 50 36
ALPRAZOLAM 98 43 51 90
CELEBREX 98 80 51 80
SINGULAIR 96 90 53 63
NITROSTAT 92 81 54 161
BUMETANIDE 92 67 54 115
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 92 33 54 119
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 92 44 54 107
GLIPIZIDE 91 72 58 61
CYMBALTA 91 34 58 51
PROMETHAZINE HCL 91 36 R 58 54
GLIPIZIDE ER 89 77 61 108
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 88 33 R 62 65
PAROXETINE HCL 86 60 63 53
TRAZODONE HCL 84 52 64 38
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 84 65 64 123
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 83 69 66 103
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 81 56 67 137
KLOR-CON M20 80 59 68 67
VYTORIN 80 49 68 145
DIOVAN 79 78 70 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 62 71 34
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 55 72 47
ZETIA 77 77 72 69
BYSTOLIC 76 72 74 118
ENDOCET 75 15 S2 75 88
PREDNISONE 71 53 76 40
SYNTHROID 71 39 76 59
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 70 58 78 112
TIZANIDINE HCL 68 16 79 83
ALLOPURINOL 66 52 80 32
FENTANYL 65 47 S2 81 86
LYRICA 64 27 82 78
DIOVAN HCT 63 50 83 109
VITAMIN D2 63 44 83 206
MECLIZINE HCL 63 57 83 124
PROAIR HFA 62 32 86 45
LIDODERM 62 48 86 134
NABUMETONE 61 34 88 227
TEKTURNA 60 56 89 243
DIGOXIN 59 59 90 46
MELOXICAM 59 54 90 27
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 58 34 92 242
VENTOLIN HFA 57 24 93 101
AVODART 57 57 93 211
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 57 57 93 96
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 41 96 74
TRICOR 54 28 97 94
CARVEDILOL 54 53 97 23
SPIRIVA 54 40 97 49
DOXEPIN HCL 53 14 100 205
NAMENDA 52 52 101 41
BACLOFEN 52 22 101 130
IBUPROFEN 50 29 103 79
PRADAXA 50 39 103 231
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 28, 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.