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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,865Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 278

$971K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 278

648 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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

8% of this provider’s 648 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 648 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 13,789 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 858 479 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 850 694 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 641 464 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 472 377 4 2
LISINOPRIL 453 367 5 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 401 299 6 9
METFORMIN HCL 341 254 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 340 266 8 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 328 292 9 17
TORSEMIDE 320 268 10 97
FUROSEMIDE 305 234 11 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 276 211 12 11
NEXIUM 268 166 13 14
GABAPENTIN 267 201 14 12
CEFUROXIME 265 196 15 86
TAMSULOSIN HCL 262 200 16 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 234 220 17 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 228 184 18 13
INDAPAMIDE 223 197 19 177
DIGOXIN 222 206 20 40
CITALOPRAM HBR 207 166 21 21
LABETALOL HCL 204 185 22 176
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 199 168 23 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 188 133 24 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 165 155 25 26
MELOXICAM 162 121 26 37
ALLOPURINOL 162 150 26 38
RANITIDINE HCL 159 126 28 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 146 120 29 24
CLOPIDOGREL 145 119 30 20
ATENOLOL 137 116 31 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 113 32 15
DIOVAN 130 114 33 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 130 88 33 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 126 126 35 33
SYNTHROID 126 104 35 46
PROPRANOLOL HCL 125 88 37 132
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 118 38 29
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 117 98 39 58
KLOR-CON M10 107 106 40 90
EVISTA 106 104 41 166
CRESTOR 105 84 42 19
SINGULAIR 105 77 42 60
TRAMADOL HCL 102 75 44 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 96 67 45 16
LOVASTATIN 93 74 46 52
MECLIZINE HCL 92 83 47 111
PREDNISONE 89 79 48 35
PROAIR HFA 87 49 49 34
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 86 18 S2 50 83
LANTUS 85 62 51 56
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 84 64 52 96
COMBIVENT 83 55 53 117
PLAVIX 82 73 54 30
KLOR-CON M20 81 80 55 42
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 79 56 56 126
SULINDAC 79 76 56 233
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 78 57 58 44
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 78 68 58 70
ZETIA 78 78 58 59
LYRICA 75 54 61 67
VYTORIN 72 68 62 148
NIASPAN 71 41 63 119
CEPHALEXIN 71 61 63 92
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 39 R 65 73
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 65 35 66 130
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 65 37 66 77
TERAZOSIN HCL 64 64 68 151
CYMBALTA 64 34 68 41
PAROXETINE HCL 62 59 70 57
RISPERIDONE 62 50 70 79
CELEBREX 62 43 70 85
GLIPIZIDE 62 51 70 55
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 46 74 65
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 59 56 75 133
RAMIPRIL 59 53 75 81
SPIRIVA 59 50 75 49
CARVEDILOL 58 54 78 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 44 78 68
CLONIDINE HCL 56 51 80 50
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 56 80 31
GLYBURIDE 56 51 R 80 88
VERAPAMIL ER 56 46 80 120
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 42 84 72
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54 38 84 91
AGGRENOX 54 52 84 274
KLOR-CON 10 53 43 87 147
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 43 88 62
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 41 89 95
JANUVIA 51 36 89 53
BENAZEPRIL HCL 51 40 89 108
ACTOS 50 50 92 101
PREMARIN 50 50 R 92 192
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. 23, 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.