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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,465Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 96 out of 682

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 74 out of 682

601 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

6% of this provider’s 601 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 601 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 13,847 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 779 596 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 647 542 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 641 509 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 572 427 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 562 499 5 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 518 350 S3 6 1
FUROSEMIDE 499 391 7 7
LISINOPRIL 486 357 8 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 351 280 9 10
CARVEDILOL 323 273 10 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 321 254 11 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 305 305 12 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 295 253 13 11
GABAPENTIN 285 207 14 9
CRESTOR 271 169 15 22
NAMENDA 260 259 16 41
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 248 140 17 37
TRAZODONE HCL 223 180 18 38
MELOXICAM 195 118 19 27
SERTRALINE HCL 189 155 20 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 186 102 21 14
MIRTAZAPINE 184 159 22 52
NEXIUM 182 85 23 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 179 143 24 44
METFORMIN HCL 177 117 25 8
CLOPIDOGREL 176 149 26 25
TRAMADOL HCL 176 131 26 26
SINGULAIR 150 103 28 63
ALLOPURINOL 150 132 28 32
SPIRIVA 144 103 30 49
AZITHROMYCIN 133 103 31 39
JANUVIA 129 106 32 62
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 125 83 33 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 120 115 34 33
ADVAIR DISKUS 113 98 35 47
PROAIR HFA 107 75 36 45
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 106 58 37 84
RANITIDINE HCL 103 50 38 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 103 43 38 36
NIASPAN 100 83 40 133
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 78 40 29
KLOR-CON M20 98 86 42 67
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 56 42 12
PLAVIX 97 86 44 35
BENAZEPRIL HCL 96 45 45 89
RISPERIDONE 95 64 46 82
LANTUS 93 81 47 55
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 63 48 34
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 89 50 49 112
FLUOXETINE HCL 85 80 50 60
LIPITOR 84 74 51 92
PROMETHAZINE HCL 81 46 R 52 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 80 35 53 21
DIGOXIN 78 78 54 46
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 54 55 71
FINASTERIDE 75 75 56 131
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 75 55 56 87
LOVAZA 74 49 58 106
EXELON 74 74 58 104
GLIMEPIRIDE 74 63 58 43
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 73 73 61 20
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 73 48 61 114
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 71 49 63 110
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 62 64 31
FAMOTIDINE 68 67 65 99
BUPROPION XL 65 55 66 207
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 34 S2 67 98
DIOVAN 62 62 68 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 53 68 73
OXYCODONE HCL 62 11 S2 68 93
TIZANIDINE HCL 61 25 71 83
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 41 72 103
PREDNISONE 59 53 73 40
ATENOLOL 59 59 73 18
TRILIPIX 58 40 75 192
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 31 75 56
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 55 39 77 127
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 42 R 78 187
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52 52 79 77
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 45 79 58
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 48 79 96
SYMBICORT 51 15 82 117
CLONIDINE HCL 51 20 82 48
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 51 43 S3 82 126
FENTANYL 50 37 S2 85 86
AVODART 50 50 85 211
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.