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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,895Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 219 out of 670

$616K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 130 out of 670

259 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 259 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 259 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 4,557 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
LISINOPRIL 301 202 1 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 297 158 2 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 262 125 S3 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 218 165 4 7
LOVAZA 189 128 5 108
FUROSEMIDE 175 103 6 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 175 120 6 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 162 113 8 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 147 98 9 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 144 116 10 13
OMEPRAZOLE 137 65 11 5
SINGULAIR 134 68 12 56
CYMBALTA 131 40 13 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 124 85 14 9
FENOFIBRATE 115 59 15 64
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 101 72 R 16 68
NEXIUM 100 40 17 14
SPIRIVA 96 61 18 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 95 78 19 12
TRILIPIX 94 45 20 141
TRAMADOL HCL 88 39 21 21
NIASPAN 88 50 21 116
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 88 56 21 110
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 85 46 24 96
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81 32 25 23
GABAPENTIN 81 39 25 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 66 27 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 43 28 27
JANUMET 72 41 29 189
METFORMIN HCL 72 54 29 8
TRICOR 69 42 31 83
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 28 32 42
ACTOS 64 46 33 105
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 29 34 10
BENICAR HCT 60 24 35 190
PRADAXA 57 36 36 187
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 37 36 73
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56 51 38 41
LYRICA 55 18 39 65
AZOR 55 43 39 261
CITALOPRAM HBR 53 26 41 20
SIMVASTATIN 53 46 41 4
LIPITOR 53 23 41 156
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 Nov. 29, 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.