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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,922Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 69

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 69

433 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
43%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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

6% of this provider’s 433 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 433 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,985 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $79 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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 1,051 315 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 637 263 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 577 320 3 7
GABAPENTIN 426 89 4 15
METFORMIN HCL 416 248 5 12
CRESTOR 410 172 6 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 368 173 7 14
FUROSEMIDE 359 169 8 3
LYRICA 321 90 9 51
NEXIUM 309 87 10 24
BYSTOLIC 294 83 11 85
AZITHROMYCIN 254 80 12 31
SIMVASTATIN 217 125 13 2
OMEPRAZOLE 215 101 14 8
DEXILANT 208 28 15 62
TRILIPIX 201 91 16 90
JANUVIA 187 61 17 76
ZETIA 181 53 18 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 176 94 19 6
CARISOPRODOL 175 14 R 20 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 173 55 21 26
MELOXICAM 172 39 22 33
CLOPIDOGREL 169 79 23 17
TRAMADOL HCL 168 40 24 47
CYMBALTA 166 25 25 93
ADVAIR DISKUS 152 48 26 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 150 70 27 13
TIZANIDINE HCL 147 19 28 55
PROAIR HFA 143 54 29 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 138 60 30 5
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 137 54 R 31 134
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 136 16 R 32 54
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 136 62 32 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 131 39 34 41
KLOR-CON M20 124 66 35 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 122 32 36 44
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 122 65 36 21
PROMETHAZINE HCL 121 0 R 38 176
RANITIDINE HCL 117 50 39 59
IBUPROFEN 115 29 40 101
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 66 41 22
PLAVIX 111 51 42 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 111 19 42 75
COMBIVENT 106 22 44 109
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 13 45 112
SPIRIVA 85 27 46 53
FLUCONAZOLE 83 35 47 206
LIPITOR 82 35 48 154
PREDNISONE 77 30 49 63
ATENOLOL 75 47 50 11
ROPINIROLE HCL 73 21 51 70
GLIPIZIDE 70 47 52 130
TRAZODONE HCL 70 31 52 103
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 67 15 54 108
SINGULAIR 66 23 55 125
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 45 R 55 87
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 65 24 57 140
NASONEX 63 21 58 233
WARFARIN SODIUM 63 43 58 9
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 29 60 29
CARVEDILOL 61 30 60 23
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 60 18 62 118
PEN NEEDLE 60 24 62 104
LEVOFLOXACIN 58 13 64 109
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 44 65 117
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 55 12 66 121
VENTOLIN HFA 54 18 67 168
CELEBREX 53 21 68 175
VIIBRYD 53 0 68 255
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 0 70 146
MECLIZINE HCL 50 28 70 184
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 Aug. 12, 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.