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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,382Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 670

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 670

547 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

5% of this provider’s 547 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 547 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 13,317 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 640 561 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 597 553 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 557 482 3 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 413 320 S3 4 1
SERTRALINE HCL 367 328 5 22
FUROSEMIDE 353 311 6 6
LISINOPRIL 334 283 7 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 323 269 8 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 302 287 9 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 290 242 10 9
METFORMIN HCL 271 249 11 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 224 191 12 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 216 209 13 19
MELOXICAM 212 160 14 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 206 190 15 12
DEXILANT 206 132 15 70
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 205 186 17 10
TRAMADOL HCL 198 172 18 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 186 163 19 20
CLOPIDOGREL 184 148 20 24
NAMENDA 176 176 21 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 173 155 22 30
CRESTOR 173 147 22 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 158 142 24 42
DONEPEZIL HCL 150 150 25 31
CYMBALTA 149 122 26 36
LANTUS 141 132 27 58
GABAPENTIN 134 100 28 11
DIGOXIN 132 107 29 46
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 121 30 27
AZITHROMYCIN 128 112 31 35
CARVEDILOL 119 88 32 29
SPIRIVA 115 105 33 51
NEXIUM 114 82 34 14
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 113 106 35 133
PLAVIX 111 97 36 34
DIOVAN 109 91 37 48
ATENOLOL 109 87 37 17
SYMBICORT 106 87 39 153
DIOVAN HCT 100 88 40 126
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 97 96 41 74
KLOR-CON M20 91 72 42 57
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 91 78 42 37
GLIMEPIRIDE 90 88 44 32
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 89 89 45 95
LYRICA 88 87 46 65
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 86 86 47 69
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84 81 48 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 83 73 49 15
PROAIR HFA 82 51 50 28
SINGULAIR 82 78 50 56
RANITIDINE HCL 81 78 52 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 77 76 R 53 68
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 59 54 43
EXFORGE 69 60 55 265
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 51 56 78
NIASPAN 68 40 56 116
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68 57 56 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 62 59 73
MIRTAZAPINE 66 66 60 59
TRICOR 65 58 61 83
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62 28 62 79
VYTORIN 62 57 62 134
TRAZODONE HCL 62 46 62 39
HUMALOG 60 59 65 197
EVISTA 56 52 66 158
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 55 66 49
ZETIA 56 42 66 66
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 42 69 92
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 46 S2 70 77
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 July 30, 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.