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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,438Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 278

$532K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 98 out of 278

639 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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

3% of this provider’s 639 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 639 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 11,549 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 484 433 1 9
OMEPRAZOLE 469 383 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 443 402 3 2
LISINOPRIL 404 374 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 391 379 5 7
FUROSEMIDE 387 324 6 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 357 311 7 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 347 297 8 11
SIMVASTATIN 282 213 9 4
LOVASTATIN 245 222 10 52
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 233 220 S3 11 1
TRAMADOL HCL 210 186 12 22
GABAPENTIN 202 166 13 12
CEPHALEXIN 202 172 13 92
METFORMIN HCL 192 158 15 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 180 167 16 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 174 168 17 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 158 139 18 24
GLIMEPIRIDE 149 138 19 28
ATENOLOL 144 127 20 18
GLIPIZIDE 140 121 21 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 140 126 21 32
CLOPIDOGREL 139 122 23 20
AZITHROMYCIN 139 105 23 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 138 123 25 65
CARVEDILOL 131 119 26 23
TAMIFLU 128 119 27 216
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 127 104 28 58
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 126 111 29 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111 75 30 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 86 31 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 86 32 33
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 105 105 33 74
MEGESTROL ACETATE 100 100 R 34 198
PLAVIX 100 94 34 30
NAPROXEN 99 83 36 115
NIFEDIPINE ER 99 87 36 139
PAROXETINE HCL 99 83 36 57
PREDNISONE 98 94 39 35
GEMFIBROZIL 96 72 40 118
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 86 41 54
MECLIZINE HCL 89 76 42 111
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 87 82 43 80
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 85 69 44 129
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 80 78 45 133
FAMOTIDINE 78 76 46 116
BUMETANIDE 76 71 47 154
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 75 48 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 74 63 49 13
TERAZOSIN HCL 73 71 50 151
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 73 71 S3 50 144
CLONIDINE HCL 70 52 52 50
SERTRALINE HCL 67 48 53 25
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 67 57 53 98
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 65 65 55 141
PROAIR HFA 65 47 55 34
ALLOPURINOL 62 61 57 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 59 41 58 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 45 59 91
RISPERIDONE 57 52 60 79
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 54 47 61 206
ACTOS 53 40 62 101
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50 38 63 10
CELEBREX 50 50 63 85
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 50 50 63 113
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 March 17, 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.