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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,887Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 278

$1.38M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 278

742 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 742 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 742 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 23,217 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,125 1,012 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,047 998 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 952 876 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 878 845 4 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 683 649 5 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 637 570 S3 6 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 585 570 7 11
LISINOPRIL 577 539 8 5
FUROSEMIDE 563 554 9 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 438 410 10 13
SERTRALINE HCL 431 423 11 25
CARVEDILOL 379 377 12 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 377 343 13 9
METFORMIN HCL 338 281 14 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 331 290 15 21
GABAPENTIN 319 300 16 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 306 286 17 17
TRAMADOL HCL 290 263 18 22
CLOPIDOGREL 265 265 19 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 254 254 20 29
NAMENDA 251 241 21 48
RANITIDINE HCL 241 240 22 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 238 217 23 16
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 236 235 24 125
TAMSULOSIN HCL 234 222 25 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 223 190 26 26
NEXIUM 222 171 27 14
CRESTOR 220 194 28 19
PLAVIX 213 212 29 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 207 207 30 63
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 200 185 31 74
ATENOLOL 197 191 32 18
PREDNISONE 185 178 33 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 147 34 15
DIOVAN 175 172 35 43
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 158 147 36 24
MIRTAZAPINE 154 147 37 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 152 151 38 36
ALLOPURINOL 140 138 39 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 139 139 40 33
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 137 130 41 58
GLIPIZIDE 134 134 42 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 130 130 43 51
BENICAR 126 97 44 134
LANSOPRAZOLE 122 106 45 93
EXELON 120 120 46 140
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 116 116 S2 47 83
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 116 108 47 145
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 115 111 49 103
KLOR-CON M20 114 112 50 42
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 111 111 S2 51 71
ZETIA 110 110 52 59
CEPHALEXIN 109 107 53 92
CEFUROXIME 107 98 54 86
PROAIR HFA 107 88 54 34
WELCHOL 107 92 54 182
SYNTHROID 107 107 54 46
CLONIDINE HCL 104 104 58 50
SPIRIVA 100 100 59 49
PAROXETINE HCL 99 96 60 57
LEVOFLOXACIN 98 92 61 66
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 95 89 62 65
AMOXICILLIN 95 86 62 100
FENOFIBRATE 95 89 62 64
ROPINIROLE HCL 94 91 65 69
FINASTERIDE 91 89 66 104
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 90 77 67 129
TRAZODONE HCL 89 76 68 47
TRIMETHOPRIM 86 86 69 238
TRICOR 81 67 70 87
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 74 70 31
LOVASTATIN 80 80 72 52
TORSEMIDE 78 77 73 97
RAMIPRIL 78 78 73 81
LYRICA 77 73 75 67
HYDRALAZINE HCL 77 74 75 91
LEXAPRO 75 75 77 203
SINGULAIR 74 59 78 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 74 78 45
FLOVENT HFA 73 71 80 272
TRANDOLAPRIL 73 73 80 261
JANUVIA 71 71 82 53
LANTUS 70 70 83 56
AZITHROMYCIN 69 68 84 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 56 84 44
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 68 55 86 113
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 67 60 87 80
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 67 87 62
VENTOLIN HFA 66 64 89 190
CYMBALTA 65 65 90 41
NITROSTAT 58 58 91 156
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 57 91 98
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 57 57 93 133
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 50 93 72
GLIMEPIRIDE 55 51 95 28
DIGOXIN 55 55 95 40
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 54 37 97 162
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 54 54 S3 97 144
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 53 99 108
BYSTOLIC 53 51 99 114
LEVETIRACETAM 52 28 101 106
METRONIDAZOLE 52 50 101 254
NIASPAN 52 52 101 119
ESTRADIOL 51 51 R 104 224
NOVOLIN R 51 51 104 247
ZOSTAVAX 51 46 104 256
KLOR-CON 10 51 51 104 147
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 50 49 108 197
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 50 108 146
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 46 108 98
PEN NEEDLE 50 39 108 105
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. 29, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.