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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,373Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 70 out of 670

$810K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 66 out of 670

524 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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

3% of this provider’s 524 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 524 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 12,348 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 887 823 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 668 534 2 5
LISINOPRIL 470 397 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 406 330 4 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 347 313 5 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 328 290 6 32
SIMVASTATIN 308 259 7 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 286 273 8 7
SYNTHROID 281 253 9 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 272 231 10 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 255 213 11 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 244 239 12 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 241 222 S3 13 1
CLOPIDOGREL 217 205 14 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 214 168 15 23
PLAVIX 198 196 16 34
METFORMIN HCL 186 181 17 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 169 156 18 16
ATENOLOL 166 146 19 17
NEXIUM 159 142 20 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 127 21 27
TRAMADOL HCL 139 65 22 21
CRESTOR 132 110 23 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 126 95 24 30
PAROXETINE HCL 123 98 25 52
ADVAIR DISKUS 119 95 26 42
MELOXICAM 116 89 27 33
RANITIDINE HCL 114 101 28 25
GABAPENTIN 112 69 29 11
TRAZODONE HCL 110 82 30 39
CARVEDILOL 108 104 31 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 103 32 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 105 96 33 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104 104 34 26
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 100 82 35 125
SERTRALINE HCL 99 79 36 22
IBUPROFEN 98 81 37 50
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 94 88 38 111
WARFARIN SODIUM 90 78 39 13
VITAMIN D2 89 84 40 160
VERAPAMIL ER 79 71 41 94
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 78 69 42 19
KLOR-CON M20 74 74 43 57
ALLOPURINOL 74 74 43 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 73 70 45 60
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 72 46 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 72 59 46 43
CELEBREX 72 72 46 89
NAMENDA 66 66 49 54
DIOVAN 64 52 50 48
AZITHROMYCIN 62 48 51 35
FINASTERIDE 62 62 51 118
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 61 61 53 69
RAMIPRIL 56 56 54 115
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 49 55 82
DONEPEZIL HCL 55 55 55 31
LORAZEPAM 54 54 57 171
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 53 58 130
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 51 59 74
EVISTA 51 51 59 158
SPIRIVA 50 49 61 51
PREMARIN 50 50 R 61 184
PRADAXA 50 50 61 187
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 Oct. 22, 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.