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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,144Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 87

$796K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 87

314 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

9% of this provider’s 314 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 314 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,603 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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 683 335 S3 1 35
SIMVASTATIN 483 326 2 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 442 286 3 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 433 268 4 24
OMEPRAZOLE 427 329 5 26
LISINOPRIL 409 234 6 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 371 259 7 2
FUROSEMIDE 334 221 8 8
GABAPENTIN 292 200 9 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 286 98 10 61
METFORMIN HCL 279 168 11 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 266 177 12 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 256 135 13 60
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 243 170 14 1
ROPINIROLE HCL 230 111 15 84
CRESTOR 226 141 16 14
TRAMADOL HCL 212 92 17 56
NEXIUM 210 102 18 50
PROAIR HFA 208 118 19 87
CITALOPRAM HBR 207 112 20 67
TAMSULOSIN HCL 202 169 21 64
WARFARIN SODIUM 185 118 22 7
AZITHROMYCIN 161 75 23 65
JANUVIA 138 106 24 79
SINGULAIR 133 56 25 91
IBUPROFEN 132 45 26 104
CLOPIDOGREL 132 109 26 6
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 124 34 R 28 108
TRAZODONE HCL 122 61 29 82
CYMBALTA 121 48 30 109
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 120 82 31 110
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 117 90 32 94
SPIRIVA 106 66 33 89
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 105 68 34 113
DEXILANT 103 35 35 85
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 96 68 36 115
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 92 48 S2 37 116
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 70 38 16
ATENOLOL 89 61 39 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 55 39 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 86 42 41 78
DONEPEZIL HCL 84 84 42 80
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 84 54 42 17
NAPROXEN 83 35 44 119
JANUMET 83 37 44 119
ALLOPURINOL 82 66 46 63
PREDNISONE 80 65 47 99
TERAZOSIN HCL 80 61 47 122
CLONIDINE HCL 78 66 49 46
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 77 64 50 10
PLAVIX 77 62 50 12
TIZANIDINE HCL 76 27 52 124
LOVASTATIN 75 65 53 42
BENICAR 74 74 54 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 35 54 22
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 69 56 R 56 125
CEFUROXIME 69 42 56 125
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 68 36 58 128
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 54 59 54
TRICOR 63 46 60 51
BENICAR HCT 59 37 61 132
MECLIZINE HCL 58 40 62 133
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 40 62 133
LIPITOR 58 43 62 59
DIGOXIN 57 46 65 13
LYRICA 56 16 66 137
NAMENDA 55 55 67 93
RANITIDINE HCL 54 32 68 49
MELOXICAM 53 16 69 146
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 27 69 96
ENDOCET 52 20 S2 71 150
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 44 72 73
COMBIVENT 50 20 73 152
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 Dec. 12, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.