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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,343Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 245 out of 670

$403K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 270 out of 670

214 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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
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this specialty
in West Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 214 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 214 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 4,697 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
OMEPRAZOLE 274 188 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 236 159 2 4
METFORMIN HCL 214 112 3 8
LISINOPRIL 212 137 4 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 197 136 5 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 188 108 S3 6 1
FUROSEMIDE 188 146 6 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 173 120 8 2
GABAPENTIN 143 73 9 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 128 56 10 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 125 90 11 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 118 87 12 20
ATENOLOL 107 78 13 17
NEXIUM 107 55 13 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 75 15 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 85 51 16 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 84 41 17 23
SPIRIVA 82 72 18 51
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 80 50 19 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 79 64 20 7
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 77 60 21 111
GEMFIBROZIL 67 22 22 123
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 46 23 82
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 50 24 41
PROAIR HFA 59 40 25 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 38 25 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 58 49 27 16
SINGULAIR 58 38 27 56
METFORMIN HCL ER 57 53 29 63
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 25 R 30 68
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 37 30 42
FINASTERIDE 53 53 32 118
DIOVAN 50 38 33 48
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 50 27 33 49
GENERLAC 50 50 33 187
SERTRALINE HCL 50 24 33 22
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 14, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.