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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,801Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 670

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 670

482 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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 West Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 482 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 482 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,041 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 West Virginia
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 800 435 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 620 452 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 466 300 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 453 318 4 6
LISINOPRIL 409 270 5 3
LOVASTATIN 400 325 6 44
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 359 271 7 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 332 242 8 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 329 260 9 9
CRESTOR 315 107 10 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 302 203 11 16
METFORMIN HCL 225 180 12 8
NEXIUM 224 111 13 14
SIMVASTATIN 206 167 14 4
TRILIPIX 205 86 15 141
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 196 63 16 23
RANITIDINE HCL 193 122 17 25
CLOPIDOGREL 188 132 18 24
GABAPENTIN 180 114 19 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 175 122 20 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 145 21 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 169 106 22 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 168 99 23 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 160 115 24 26
ALLOPURINOL 156 96 25 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 154 106 26 41
SPIRIVA 152 104 27 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 151 96 28 15
CARVEDILOL 150 100 29 29
TRAMADOL HCL 146 67 30 21
CYMBALTA 146 59 30 36
ATENOLOL 142 58 32 17
TORSEMIDE 139 111 33 100
ROPINIROLE HCL 138 91 34 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 138 110 34 30
DIOVAN 138 111 34 48
GLIMEPIRIDE 129 80 37 32
MIRTAZAPINE 124 97 38 59
PLAVIX 122 92 39 34
FENOFIBRATE 120 74 40 64
SINGULAIR 120 35 40 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 118 106 42 31
ENDOCET 117 52 S2 43 146
PREDNISONE 103 92 44 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 96 50 45 78
SERTRALINE HCL 95 66 46 22
PROAIR HFA 95 31 46 28
TRAZODONE HCL 92 42 48 39
DIGOXIN 91 60 49 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 90 63 50 19
DEXILANT 89 30 51 70
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 89 40 R 51 68
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 88 54 53 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 87 34 54 55
INSULIN SYRINGE 86 32 55 92
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 85 22 R 56 61
JANUVIA 82 47 57 53
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 80 26 58 96
LANTUS 79 50 59 58
LANSOPRAZOLE 78 17 60 86
FINASTERIDE 77 77 61 118
VENTOLIN HFA 73 26 62 163
TOPIRAMATE 73 12 62 162
LYRICA 69 11 64 65
BUSPIRONE HCL 68 34 65 124
SPIRONOLACTONE 68 53 65 82
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 67 0 67 110
FELODIPINE ER 66 54 68 144
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 64 44 69 132
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 61 21 70 181
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 20 S2 70 77
AMOXICILLIN 60 35 72 91
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 59 0 73 135
NAMENDA 59 59 73 54
ONGLYZA 57 36 75 186
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 56 20 S2 76 104
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56 49 76 79
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 31 78 43
AZITHROMYCIN 55 36 78 35
LIPITOR 55 30 78 156
ACTOS 54 19 81 105
IBUPROFEN 54 23 81 50
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 38 81 37
FAMOTIDINE 53 53 84 99
RISPERIDONE 52 49 85 80
TIZANIDINE HCL 52 23 85 87
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51 31 87 147
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 39 87 74
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 50 87 101
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 19 S2 87 71
NOVOLOG 51 45 87 151
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 51 87 122
PREMARIN 51 50 R 87 184
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 29, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.