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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,517Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 58 out of 278

$567K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 88 out of 278

464 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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

4% of this provider’s 464 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 464 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 6,247 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 689 278 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 390 249 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 314 218 3 7
LISINOPRIL 306 174 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 305 201 5 3
SIMVASTATIN 274 173 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 241 165 7 6
TRAMADOL HCL 225 117 8 22
METFORMIN HCL 222 136 9 8
NEXIUM 220 92 10 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 205 101 11 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 169 76 12 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 165 106 13 13
CARVEDILOL 160 100 14 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 144 62 15 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 142 77 16 36
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 137 59 R 17 78
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 136 74 18 145
GABAPENTIN 136 66 18 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 53 18 31
ATENOLOL 131 87 21 18
MELOXICAM 112 49 22 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 60 23 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 108 83 24 9
CARISOPRODOL 108 0 R 24 158
LYRICA 98 36 26 67
DONEPEZIL HCL 98 87 26 29
DIOVAN 97 72 28 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93 44 29 16
VENTOLIN HFA 93 21 29 190
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 93 68 29 10
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 92 50 R 32 73
TRAZODONE HCL 90 26 33 47
CLOPIDOGREL 90 65 33 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 84 70 35 11
LEVOFLOXACIN 84 37 35 66
ROPINIROLE HCL 84 40 35 69
FLUCONAZOLE 81 37 38 165
AZITHROMYCIN 74 48 39 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 48 40 32
CYMBALTA 71 32 41 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71 52 41 24
DIGOXIN 69 56 43 40
SERTRALINE HCL 69 44 43 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 35 45 77
CEPHALEXIN 65 41 46 92
ADVAIR DISKUS 65 43 46 45
MECLIZINE HCL 63 42 48 111
PROMETHAZINE HCL 60 0 R 49 106
SINGULAIR 59 27 50 60
RANITIDINE HCL 58 38 51 27
AMOXICILLIN 57 33 52 100
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 38 52 65
SPIRIVA 56 36 54 49
FENOFIBRATE 56 19 54 64
CRESTOR 56 43 54 19
PAROXETINE HCL 54 17 57 57
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 54 20 57 124
CEFDINIR 53 25 59 138
LOVAZA 52 15 60 102
COMBIVENT 52 30 60 117
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 34 62 54
PREDNISONE 50 31 63 35
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 8, 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.