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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,264Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 682

$1.88M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 682

664 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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
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this specialty
in Kentucky
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 664 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 664 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,713 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,293 896 1 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,207 633 S3 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 1,008 688 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 875 711 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 807 654 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 729 587 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 639 421 7 8
ATENOLOL 622 404 8 18
GABAPENTIN 586 371 9 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 533 351 10 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 491 380 11 14
MELOXICAM 475 269 12 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 470 393 13 13
BENAZEPRIL HCL 468 341 14 89
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 454 282 15 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 451 311 16 29
LISINOPRIL 394 265 17 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 388 321 18 16
ALLOPURINOL 356 295 19 32
BYSTOLIC 353 274 20 118
TRAMADOL HCL 327 176 21 26
CLOPIDOGREL 316 248 22 25
NEXIUM 313 201 23 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 304 254 24 20
CYMBALTA 283 168 25 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 273 181 26 47
CARVEDILOL 273 223 26 23
DIGOXIN 272 256 28 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 270 234 29 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 264 190 30 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 257 209 31 37
SPIRIVA 238 148 32 49
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232 171 33 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 219 137 34 36
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 217 141 35 110
PLAVIX 217 185 35 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 212 169 37 11
DIOVAN 207 152 38 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 195 145 39 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 192 176 40 31
JANUVIA 189 125 41 62
SINGULAIR 177 101 42 63
ULORIC 174 150 43 272
LOVAZA 174 127 43 106
AZITHROMYCIN 173 107 45 39
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 170 46 S2 46 98
FENOFIBRATE 159 88 47 76
NIASPAN 159 102 47 133
CRESTOR 157 96 49 22
LANSOPRAZOLE 155 100 50 85
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 143 120 51 58
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 142 84 52 140
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 139 45 R 53 65
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 130 118 54 44
LEVOFLOXACIN 130 93 54 70
SERTRALINE HCL 128 69 56 24
DIOVAN HCT 128 91 56 109
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 126 96 58 77
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 124 93 59 73
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 121 66 60 111
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 118 83 61 10
FLUOXETINE HCL 117 64 62 60
KLOR-CON M20 117 84 62 67
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 113 73 R 64 50
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 113 87 64 103
CELEBREX 112 72 66 80
PREDNISONE 111 78 67 40
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 110 61 68 112
PRADAXA 107 106 69 231
ROPINIROLE HCL 105 57 70 71
FLUCONAZOLE 103 49 71 154
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 83 71 56
GEMFIBROZIL 102 82 73 122
ACTOS 99 59 74 151
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 74 75 30
CEFDINIR 93 68 76 157
DILTIAZEM ER 93 81 76 136
JANUMET 92 63 78 200
TRAZODONE HCL 91 38 79 38
TRILIPIX 91 71 79 192
OXYCONTIN 88 41 S2 81 178
NYSTATIN 87 61 82 95
FENTANYL 86 61 S2 83 86
INSULIN SYRINGE 85 61 84 75
SYMBICORT 83 56 85 117
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 56 85 298
LYRICA 81 26 87 78
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 80 61 88 91
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 80 33 88 119
QUINAPRIL HCL 78 71 90 138
BACLOFEN 78 45 90 130
VESICARE 77 52 92 240
PROAIR HFA 77 45 92 45
GLIPIZIDE ER 76 43 94 108
RISPERIDONE 75 61 95 82
TEKTURNA 75 62 95 243
MIRTAZAPINE 75 55 95 52
MECLIZINE HCL 73 54 98 124
PROPRANOLOL HCL 72 46 99 141
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 72 38 99 114
ENDOCET 71 27 S2 101 88
PEN NEEDLE 70 48 102 159
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 70 47 102 127
GLIPIZIDE 69 45 104 61
DETROL LA 67 37 105 226
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 66 63 106 96
FEXOFENADINE HCL 66 23 106 280
ALPRAZOLAM 65 39 108 90
VENTOLIN HFA 64 32 109 101
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 63 59 S3 110 432
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 63 51 110 162
LORAZEPAM 62 61 112 158
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 61 51 113 268
PROMETHAZINE HCL 60 33 R 114 54
LOVASTATIN 60 32 114 66
DICYCLOMINE HCL 60 28 114 214
TERAZOSIN HCL 59 59 117 171
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 59 21 117 107
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 45 119 64
LIPITOR 58 27 119 92
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 57 29 R 121 285
CARBAMAZEPINE 56 23 122 251
NITROSTAT 56 36 122 161
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 55 40 124 204
COMBIVENT 55 36 124 105
LANTUS 55 26 124 55
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 26 127 57
NAMENDA 52 36 128 41
RANITIDINE HCL 52 29 128 28
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 52 38 S3 128 126
VERAPAMIL ER 52 41 128 116
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 52 22 128 84
FINASTERIDE 52 52 128 131
RAMIPRIL 51 36 134 81
PAROXETINE HCL 51 35 134 53
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 25, 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.