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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,463Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 278

$750K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 278

632 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
15% 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

16% of this provider’s 632 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 632 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 15,855 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 848 465 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 737 696 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 702 673 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 659 591 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 614 589 5 7
FUROSEMIDE 494 483 6 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 478 403 7 2
OXYCODONE HCL 478 213 S2 7 75
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 439 378 9 10
ATENOLOL 439 414 9 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 370 349 11 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 369 339 12 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 333 291 13 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 331 292 14 24
CARVEDILOL 331 331 14 23
METFORMIN HCL 322 302 16 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 300 264 17 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 260 218 18 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 247 247 19 17
CLOPIDOGREL 231 210 20 20
LOVASTATIN 218 206 21 52
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 212 177 22 31
AZITHROMYCIN 199 172 23 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 196 173 24 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 187 187 25 29
GABAPENTIN 183 160 26 12
FENOFIBRATE 164 130 27 64
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 152 128 28 26
PLAVIX 144 139 29 30
METHADONE HCL 143 28 S2 30 169
QUINAPRIL HCL 134 122 31 94
CLONIDINE HCL 125 114 32 50
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 123 104 S2 33 71
GLIMEPIRIDE 122 101 34 28
NEXIUM 115 64 35 14
SERTRALINE HCL 115 95 35 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 107 101 37 32
ALLOPURINOL 101 101 38 38
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 101 101 R 38 159
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 100 69 40 44
CARISOPRODOL 99 19 R 41 158
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 99 86 41 65
PROPRANOLOL HCL 96 96 43 132
PROAIR HFA 94 82 44 34
RANITIDINE HCL 92 76 45 27
JANUVIA 90 90 46 53
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 85 46 S2 47 83
FINASTERIDE 82 82 48 104
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 79 48 54
DIGOXIN 78 78 50 40
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 77 65 51 95
PREDNISONE 76 75 52 35
EVISTA 75 75 53 166
RISPERIDONE 75 75 53 79
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 75 27 S2 53 150
PAROXETINE HCL 74 63 56 57
NAPROXEN 73 65 57 115
BUPROPION HCL SR 73 41 57 171
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 71 71 59 58
FELODIPINE ER 71 68 59 112
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 70 70 61 133
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 70 70 61 74
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 68 63 70
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 68 59 63 124
DIOVAN 67 64 65 43
CYMBALTA 66 34 66 41
FENTANYL 65 62 S2 67 82
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 65 67 62
SOTALOL 65 65 67 211
CELEBREX 64 56 70 85
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 62 71 51
LIPITOR 62 57 71 127
CRESTOR 61 59 73 19
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 59 59 74 280
TRAMADOL HCL 59 56 74 22
IBUPROFEN 59 53 74 89
GLIPIZIDE 58 57 77 55
AMOXICILLIN 57 48 78 100
MEGESTROL ACETATE 57 57 R 78 198
DILTIAZEM ER 57 57 78 236
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 43 81 33
GLYBURIDE 54 53 R 82 88
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 33 82 45
CEPHALEXIN 53 39 84 92
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 52 85 113
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 24 85 68
FAMOTIDINE 50 36 87 116
ZETIA 50 50 87 59
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 July 8, 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.