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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,681Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 278

$1.8M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 278

750 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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 750 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

37% of this provider’s 750 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 21,288 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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 West Virginia
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,411 877 S3 1 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,235 834 2 16
LISINOPRIL 1,061 719 3 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 884 589 4 10
FUROSEMIDE 848 592 5 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 804 461 6 2
CLOPIDOGREL 735 547 7 20
OMEPRAZOLE 713 512 8 3
METFORMIN HCL 713 412 8 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 696 446 10 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 618 431 11 9
CRESTOR 589 413 12 19
SIMVASTATIN 565 449 13 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 558 454 14 7
PLAVIX 557 431 15 30
NEXIUM 500 393 16 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 433 320 17 11
TORSEMIDE 427 326 18 97
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 416 303 19 13
GABAPENTIN 411 236 20 12
INSULIN SYRINGE 399 250 21 72
CARVEDILOL 337 225 22 23
KLOR-CON 10 282 216 23 147
SERTRALINE HCL 277 164 24 25
ALLOPURINOL 270 205 25 38
DIOVAN 258 212 26 43
LANSOPRAZOLE 250 137 27 93
SPIRONOLACTONE 247 159 28 62
PROAIR HFA 239 145 29 34
KLOR-CON M10 236 149 30 90
IBUPROFEN 233 112 31 89
TAMSULOSIN HCL 231 201 32 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 105 33 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 213 206 34 29
GLIMEPIRIDE 213 168 34 28
LANTUS 209 139 36 56
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 207 160 37 33
DIGOXIN 204 155 38 40
GEMFIBROZIL 194 134 39 118
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 186 141 40 36
ATENOLOL 183 123 41 18
CEPHALEXIN 182 124 42 92
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 171 134 43 26
GLIPIZIDE 164 130 44 55
DEXILANT 162 65 45 84
CYMBALTA 155 127 46 41
AZITHROMYCIN 154 100 47 39
FAMOTIDINE 145 117 48 116
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 80 49 31
RANITIDINE HCL 141 77 50 27
RAMIPRIL 141 103 50 81
SUCRALFATE 137 90 52 149
NIASPAN 135 92 53 119
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 134 98 54 181
ALPRAZOLAM 134 84 54 128
PAROXETINE HCL 134 91 54 57
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 131 91 R 57 73
SPIRIVA 126 95 58 49
TRICOR 125 97 59 87
CLONIDINE HCL 123 110 60 50
NAMENDA 122 122 61 48
NAPROXEN 121 63 62 115
LOVASTATIN 120 57 63 52
ZETIA 120 96 63 59
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 118 88 65 63
SINGULAIR 117 79 66 60
SYNTHROID 116 79 67 46
PEN NEEDLE 116 62 67 105
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 87 69 51
MECLIZINE HCL 112 85 69 111
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 111 76 71 58
KLOR-CON M20 110 70 72 42
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 108 79 73 214
BENICAR 106 102 74 134
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 105 56 75 162
CITALOPRAM HBR 103 93 76 21
MELOXICAM 101 65 77 37
VITAMIN D2 98 90 78 168
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 78 78 24
PREDNISONE 96 76 80 35
NITROSTAT 91 59 81 156
CEFDINIR 91 62 81 138
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 85 49 83 98
LIPITOR 85 49 83 127
FENOFIBRATE 85 57 83 64
NOVOLOG 85 54 83 122
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 81 50 87 95
PROMETHAZINE HCL 81 52 R 87 106
TRAZODONE HCL 79 48 89 47
ROPINIROLE HCL 76 52 90 69
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 76 44 90 96
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 52 92 54
RANEXA 73 46 93 213
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 71 69 94 121
FLUOCINONIDE 71 42 94 303
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 70 46 96 74
LEVEMIR 66 38 97 183
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 66 45 97 77
CELEBREX 65 62 99 85
LIDOCAINE 60 41 100 322
LEVOFLOXACIN 59 47 101 66
MICARDIS 58 49 102 284
LYRICA 57 41 103 67
ANTARA 56 44 104 332
ACTONEL 56 55 104 332
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 35 106 45
COLCRYS 55 52 106 208
LOVAZA 54 33 108 102
VERAPAMIL ER 54 54 108 120
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 52 28 S3 110 144
CILOSTAZOL 52 30 110 200
QUINAPRIL HCL 52 28 110 94
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 45 113 91
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 Jan. 14, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.