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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,341Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 59 out of 682

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 86 out of 682

839 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

6% of this provider’s 839 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 839 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 16,755 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

$50 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,091 873 1 3
LISINOPRIL 749 594 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 719 470 S3 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 622 515 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 581 457 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 576 424 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 564 483 7 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 413 309 8 10
METFORMIN HCL 411 317 9 8
GABAPENTIN 377 264 10 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 374 317 11 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 323 245 12 15
RANITIDINE HCL 321 260 13 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 313 291 14 13
TRAMADOL HCL 293 229 15 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 285 251 16 11
NAMENDA 241 241 17 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 225 182 18 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 225 195 18 12
CARVEDILOL 223 184 20 23
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 209 176 21 44
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 204 175 22 31
SERTRALINE HCL 201 167 23 24
ATENOLOL 197 153 24 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 196 191 25 30
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 196 149 25 111
MELOXICAM 175 135 27 27
MIRTAZAPINE 174 160 28 52
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 172 152 29 16
CLOPIDOGREL 155 114 30 25
RISPERIDONE 154 141 31 82
PAROXETINE HCL 150 127 32 53
EXELON 146 146 33 104
JANUVIA 134 125 34 62
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 132 105 35 21
CRESTOR 122 79 36 22
FLUOXETINE HCL 118 66 37 60
TRAZODONE HCL 117 66 38 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 117 89 38 29
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 116 75 40 173
PLAVIX 116 99 40 35
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 111 68 42 140
SINGULAIR 110 78 43 63
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 105 79 S3 44 126
SPIRIVA 103 90 45 49
NEXIUM 103 62 45 19
DIGOXIN 100 83 47 46
GLYBURIDE 99 77 R 48 72
ADVAIR DISKUS 99 67 48 47
LOVASTATIN 98 98 50 66
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 84 51 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 53 R 51 65
MECLIZINE HCL 95 81 53 124
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 92 74 R 54 50
CYMBALTA 90 55 55 51
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 73 56 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 88 81 57 20
ROPINIROLE HCL 85 67 58 71
ALLOPURINOL 84 62 59 32
KLOR-CON M20 84 69 59 67
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 64 61 56
SYNTHROID 81 72 61 59
METHOCARBAMOL 81 41 R 61 163
ALPRAZOLAM 80 62 64 90
FAMOTIDINE 80 55 64 99
VITAMIN D2 79 63 66 206
PREDNISONE 79 56 66 40
ZETIA 78 51 68 69
COMBIVENT 77 65 69 105
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 76 71 70 123
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 76 71 70 162
EVISTA 74 62 72 135
AMIODARONE HCL 74 53 72 170
AZITHROMYCIN 73 46 74 39
CLONIDINE HCL 72 46 75 48
DIOVAN HCT 71 69 76 109
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 53 77 58
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 69 67 77 153
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 67 49 79 119
IBUPROFEN 62 46 80 79
AGGRENOX 62 40 80 255
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 80 121
LEVETIRACETAM 62 44 80 125
PROMETHAZINE HCL 62 43 R 80 54
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 61 45 85 77
MEGESTROL ACETATE 60 60 R 86 165
TRICOR 60 39 86 94
SOTALOL 59 49 88 218
LACTULOSE 59 47 88 100
AMOXICILLIN 58 47 90 113
CELEBREX 58 31 90 80
VERAPAMIL ER 58 44 90 116
NYSTATIN 57 50 93 95
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 36 94 64
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 55 50 94 96
BACLOFEN 55 15 94 130
DILTIAZEM ER 53 48 97 136
RAMIPRIL 53 53 97 81
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 53 34 97 112
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 53 41 97 110
LIDODERM 53 51 97 134
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 39 97 34
LEVOFLOXACIN 52 42 103 70
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 39 S2 103 120
TIZANIDINE HCL 52 27 103 83
GEMFIBROZIL 51 34 106 122
DIOVAN 51 47 106 42
CETIRIZINE HCL 50 44 108 289
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 July 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.