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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,429Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 278

$1.6M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 278

666 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

11% of this provider’s 666 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 666 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 22,649 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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 1,304 1,116 S3 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 741 719 2 7
FUROSEMIDE 705 648 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 684 593 4 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 638 597 5 17
OMEPRAZOLE 571 500 6 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 566 450 7 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 538 455 8 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 524 480 9 11
LISINOPRIL 484 409 10 5
METFORMIN HCL 394 359 11 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 367 328 12 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 321 282 13 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 316 272 14 10
CARVEDILOL 313 293 15 23
PREDNISONE 304 268 16 35
GABAPENTIN 290 263 17 12
SERTRALINE HCL 270 230 18 25
TRAMADOL HCL 258 233 19 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 249 244 20 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 246 234 21 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 240 232 22 29
ATENOLOL 233 217 23 18
CRESTOR 231 189 24 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 220 204 25 21
OLANZAPINE 217 173 26 142
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 213 191 27 15
ALLOPURINOL 207 171 28 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 190 29 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 195 129 30 26
TRAZODONE HCL 192 186 31 47
CLOPIDOGREL 189 165 32 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 180 157 33 77
SPIRONOLACTONE 179 154 34 62
LANTUS 176 130 35 56
TORSEMIDE 175 143 36 97
NAMENDA 166 145 37 48
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 163 143 38 58
FENTANYL 161 154 S2 39 82
CYMBALTA 160 133 40 41
PLAVIX 157 139 41 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 153 122 42 9
CLONIDINE HCL 147 113 43 50
NEXIUM 145 92 44 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 144 138 45 51
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 143 139 46 146
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 141 47 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 140 129 48 24
LOVASTATIN 140 140 48 52
RISPERIDONE 136 93 50 79
CEFUROXIME 124 108 51 86
ROPINIROLE HCL 120 86 52 69
PAROXETINE HCL 119 104 53 57
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 117 101 54 63
LEVOFLOXACIN 116 102 55 66
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 115 90 56 103
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 112 109 57 80
FINASTERIDE 110 98 58 104
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 109 89 59 113
KETOCONAZOLE 104 79 60 185
MELOXICAM 104 101 60 37
LANSOPRAZOLE 104 98 60 93
ADVAIR DISKUS 102 90 63 45
SINGULAIR 102 98 63 60
BENAZEPRIL HCL 102 97 63 108
LYRICA 102 66 63 67
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 100 94 67 153
DIOVAN 100 65 67 43
NABUMETONE 99 92 69 164
PROAIR HFA 95 92 70 34
LEVETIRACETAM 95 74 70 106
AZITHROMYCIN 94 72 72 39
NOVOLOG 88 86 73 122
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 77 74 65
ACTOS 84 66 74 101
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 57 76 33
TRANSDERM-SCOP 82 32 77 261
AMIODARONE HCL 81 78 78 195
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 81 68 78 95
VALPROIC ACID 81 27 78 298
SPIRIVA 80 65 81 49
CELEBREX 80 68 81 85
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 79 77 83 209
DESOXIMETASONE 79 79 83 300
FLUOXETINE HCL 78 61 85 68
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 77 21 S2 86 241
GLIPIZIDE 77 77 86 55
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 76 45 88 163
RANITIDINE HCL 75 70 89 27
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 73 71 90 96
NADOLOL 71 71 91 246
DIGOXIN 68 54 92 40
INSULIN SYRINGE 68 62 92 72
NAPROXEN 67 56 94 115
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 67 60 94 145
CEPHALEXIN 66 51 96 92
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 30 S2 96 71
ZETIA 65 48 98 59
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 65 54 98 308
LIPITOR 64 42 100 127
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 64 51 100 231
AMOXICILLIN 62 59 102 100
KLOR-CON M10 62 37 102 90
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 52 102 98
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 61 50 105 162
HUMALOG 61 47 105 173
PEN NEEDLE 60 50 107 105
LEXAPRO 60 57 107 203
METRONIDAZOLE 58 48 109 254
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 32 109 135
PRADAXA 58 51 109 166
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 56 33 112 282
BUMETANIDE 55 55 113 154
COMBIVENT 55 55 113 117
MECLIZINE HCL 54 50 115 111
BENICAR 54 49 115 134
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 45 115 74
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 54 17 R 115 189
VERAPAMIL ER 53 32 119 120
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 52 119 70
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 52 R 121 198
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 39 122 131
SEROQUEL 51 49 122 186
BACLOFEN 51 33 122 172
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 29 122 44
AVODART 50 50 126 174
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 50 50 126 355
TRIMETHOPRIM 50 48 126 238
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 50 46 126 126
FLUCONAZOLE 50 40 126 165
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 Nov. 15, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.