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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,336Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 278

$1.39M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 278

878 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

13% of this provider’s 878 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 878 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 18,861 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 1,868 1,453 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 670 553 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 670 595 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 612 482 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 566 486 5 2
LISINOPRIL 563 488 6 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 554 457 7 11
FUROSEMIDE 519 463 8 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 430 344 9 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 400 336 10 36
GABAPENTIN 396 300 11 12
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 388 136 S2 12 83
METFORMIN HCL 349 262 13 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 302 290 14 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 285 246 15 21
ATENOLOL 274 247 16 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 255 209 17 17
NEXIUM 254 188 18 14
KLOR-CON M20 249 211 19 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 236 196 20 15
CYMBALTA 212 164 21 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 209 187 22 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 205 128 23 26
NAMENDA 197 169 24 48
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 195 173 25 24
CRESTOR 191 154 26 19
GLIPIZIDE 177 139 27 55
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 172 151 28 13
SERTRALINE HCL 163 132 29 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 120 30 31
NABUMETONE 157 126 31 164
MELOXICAM 157 116 31 37
LEVEMIR 152 83 33 183
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 143 117 S2 34 71
PREDNISONE 140 129 35 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 139 123 36 80
CLOPIDOGREL 133 120 37 20
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 133 113 37 65
TRAMADOL HCL 129 115 39 22
FENTANYL 128 81 S2 40 82
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 126 121 41 193
LANTUS 125 92 42 56
FLUOXETINE HCL 125 104 42 68
AZITHROMYCIN 124 96 44 39
DIGOXIN 122 120 45 40
CEPHALEXIN 121 99 46 92
LYRICA 121 67 46 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 115 98 48 51
GLIMEPIRIDE 114 90 49 28
KLOR-CON M10 113 84 50 90
EXELON 113 108 50 140
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 113 90 50 63
RISPERIDONE 112 91 53 79
PLAVIX 107 97 54 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 102 92 55 45
RANITIDINE HCL 99 57 56 27
SPIRIVA 98 86 57 49
CLONIDINE HCL 97 87 58 50
TRAZODONE HCL 97 87 58 47
JANUVIA 96 93 60 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95 81 61 32
PROMETHAZINE HCL 95 51 R 61 106
PAROXETINE HCL 93 62 63 57
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 93 73 63 129
CARVEDILOL 93 84 63 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 64 66 44
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 89 77 67 98
DIOVAN HCT 88 86 68 110
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 87 69 R 69 78
PROAIR HFA 87 72 69 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 77 71 16
CILOSTAZOL 83 81 72 200
DIOVAN 83 80 72 43
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 82 41 74 123
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 61 75 54
BUPROPION HCL SR 79 45 75 171
MECLIZINE HCL 79 65 75 111
OXYCODONE HCL 79 73 S2 75 75
CELEBREX 75 60 79 85
CEFUROXIME 74 68 80 86
HUMALOG 74 62 80 173
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 73 55 S2 82 150
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 72 70 83 113
MIRTAZAPINE 71 61 84 61
NITROSTAT 71 59 84 156
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 69 53 86 77
ALPRAZOLAM 69 61 86 128
DICYCLOMINE HCL 68 65 88 241
FLUCONAZOLE 66 50 89 165
ZETIA 65 59 90 59
TIZANIDINE HCL 63 41 91 143
ALLOPURINOL 61 46 92 38
ACTOS 60 55 93 101
LANSOPRAZOLE 59 57 94 93
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 59 58 94 141
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 54 96 62
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 39 97 33
BENICAR 54 51 98 134
CARISOPRODOL 54 22 R 98 158
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 26 98 72
LOVASTATIN 52 34 101 52
MEGESTROL ACETATE 51 51 R 102 198
OXYCONTIN 51 35 S2 102 271
AVELOX 51 51 102 352
SYNTHROID 50 38 105 46
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 Feb. 3, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.