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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,343Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 278

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 278

687 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

9% of this provider’s 687 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 687 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 15,216 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 995 782 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 699 573 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 668 535 3 4
LISINOPRIL 652 489 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 613 489 5 6
METFORMIN HCL 574 402 6 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 477 342 S3 7 1
GLIMEPIRIDE 404 245 8 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 389 287 9 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 378 255 10 31
GABAPENTIN 378 263 10 12
CRESTOR 375 272 12 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 368 323 13 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 343 337 14 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 328 258 15 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 291 203 16 11
SERTRALINE HCL 289 216 17 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 267 158 18 26
NEXIUM 250 161 19 14
TRAMADOL HCL 241 161 20 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 227 157 21 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 211 185 22 17
TIZANIDINE HCL 198 113 23 143
CLOPIDOGREL 197 152 24 20
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 181 126 S2 25 71
RANITIDINE HCL 173 131 26 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 149 27 15
CLONIDINE HCL 168 129 28 50
PLAVIX 165 132 29 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 144 29 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 164 109 31 32
SYNTHROID 163 147 32 46
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 151 113 33 153
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 150 130 34 51
ATENOLOL 149 147 35 18
CYMBALTA 146 82 36 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 144 119 37 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 133 38 24
AZITHROMYCIN 139 100 39 39
MELOXICAM 137 101 40 37
SPIRIVA 132 84 41 49
KLOR-CON M20 131 85 42 42
DIGOXIN 131 115 42 40
KLOR-CON M10 130 96 44 90
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 123 101 45 77
CARVEDILOL 123 110 45 23
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 121 99 47 131
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 119 99 48 36
CLONAZEPAM 116 73 49 235
DONEPEZIL HCL 111 107 50 29
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 104 59 51 98
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 104 82 51 123
PAROXETINE HCL 100 79 53 57
MECLIZINE HCL 95 78 54 111
AMOXICILLIN 93 68 55 100
LYRICA 88 39 56 67
PREDNISONE 85 75 57 35
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 82 60 58 63
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 82 69 58 145
SPIRONOLACTONE 80 41 60 62
PROAIR HFA 76 39 61 34
TRAZODONE HCL 76 60 61 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 65 63 65
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72 49 R 64 73
INSULIN SYRINGE 72 56 64 72
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 70 21 R 66 78
LANSOPRAZOLE 67 45 67 93
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 50 68 58
FINASTERIDE 65 52 69 104
ALLOPURINOL 65 59 69 38
LEVOFLOXACIN 64 48 71 66
CEPHALEXIN 64 41 71 92
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 63 32 73 214
FENTANYL 60 44 S2 74 82
LANTUS 59 59 75 56
PEN NEEDLE 58 40 76 105
LORAZEPAM 57 41 77 204
NAPROXEN 56 36 78 115
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 56 49 78 181
CELEBREX 55 34 80 85
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 55 39 R 80 159
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 54 38 82 206
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 46 83 132
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 52 84 126
ZETIA 51 32 85 59
DIOVAN 51 41 85 43
MIRTAZAPINE 51 51 85 61
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 Feb. 25, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.