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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,938Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 95 out of 682

$1.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 65 out of 682

514 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63% Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Kentucky
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 514 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 514 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Kentucky
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,109 594 174 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 660 520 103 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 554 445 81 3 2
GABAPENTIN 489 218 96 4 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 452 301 87 5 8
OMEPRAZOLE 451 259 87 6 5
LISINOPRIL 404 295 88 7 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 386 258 73 8 14
ALPRAZOLAM 372 180 57 B 9 18
TRAMADOL HCL 345 243 58 10 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 328 227 63 11 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 295 227 47 12 20
SIMVASTATIN 290 209 46 13 6
NAMENDA 248 243* 19 14 29
CRESTOR 241 132 42 15 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 220 203 34 16 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 220 174 36 16 4
OXYCODONE HCL 213 114 33 S2 18 88
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 196 112 34 19 23
NEXIUM 194 108 36 20 22
LEVOFLOXACIN 185 151 103 21 59
ALLOPURINOL 183 153 28 22 35
CARVEDILOL 182 150 34 23 24
GLIMEPIRIDE 174 124 30 24 44
WARFARIN SODIUM 173 145 25 25 15
METFORMIN HCL 170 92 39 26 10
ATENOLOL 167 120 33 27 21
METFORMIN HCL ER 167 116 30 27 70
PROAIR HFA 162 74 49 29 43
CLONAZEPAM 156 80 22 B 30 36
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 145 64 21 A 31 71
TIZANIDINE HCL 141 32 31 32 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 141 95 48 32 38
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 141 21 28 S2 32 72
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 136 104 26 35 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 134 79 29 36 28
SERTRALINE HCL 133 101 31 37 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 131 64 31 38 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 131 88 25 38 46
LORAZEPAM 129 102 19 B 40 34
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 129 103 23 40 31
FLUOXETINE HCL 129 54 21 40 64
CLOPIDOGREL 124 87 24 43 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 123 106 27 44 11
LYRICA 121 63 17 45 79
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 118 100 19 46 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 102 24 47 37
CYMBALTA 117 71 18 47 45
MIRTAZAPINE 113 83 22 49 51
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 63 24 50 12
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 110 18 32 R 51 77
JANUVIA 107 83 15 52 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 50 25 53 63
SYMBICORT 105 38 31 53 109
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 101 74 76 55 113
RANITIDINE HCL 100 74 21 56 30
TRAZODONE HCL 99 60 22 57 41
PREDNISONE 99 61 47 57 42
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 98 72 36 59 48
VENTOLIN HFA 93 55 26 60 127
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 55 19 S2 61 111
SPIRONOLACTONE 85 55 22 62 65
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT 85 24 28 62 209
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 83 <11 <11 S2 64 154
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 66 16 65 49
MELOXICAM 82 27 17 65 27
TEMAZEPAM 82 52 15 B 65 90
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 78 38 26 68 103
BUPROPION HCL SR 76 45 13 69 200
COMBIVENT 72 29 30 70 275
ZETIA 72 39 12 70 68
TOPIRAMATE 72 25 13 70 141
ONDANSETRON HCL* 70 30 34 73 165
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 69 44 14 74 135
SPIRIVA 66 34 13 75 57
CARISOPRODOL 66 <11 <11 R 75 198
BUSPIRONE HCL 66 50 17 75 87
MODAFINIL 66 <11 <11 75 423
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 64 49 24 79 139
NYSTATIN 62 57* 23 80 83
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 26 12 80 39
DIGOX 61 48 15 82 84
AZITHROMYCIN 60 42 52 83 55
METOLAZONE 59 54* 18 84 213
LEVETIRACETAM 59 54* 11 84 108
LOVAZA 58 24 13 86 106
PROMETHAZINE HCL 58 20 18 R 86 80
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 36 47 88 67
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 55 44 11 89 86
DIOVAN 54 <11 <11 90 50
FENTANYL 53 <11 <11 S2 91 95
BYSTOLIC 53 <11 <11 91 101
HUMULIN 70-30 51 <11 <11 93 251
DIGOXIN 51 46* 13 93 153
DIAZEPAM 51 <11 <11 B 93 47
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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. 20, 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.