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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,336Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 86 out of 278

$585K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 83 out of 278

294 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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

6% of this provider’s 294 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 294 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 8,682 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

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 497 468 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 367 356 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 352 342 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 343 319 4 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 174 161 5 17
ATENOLOL 171 164 6 18
FUROSEMIDE 170 147 7 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 165 141 S3 8 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 162 160 9 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 162 152 9 15
LISINOPRIL 159 137 11 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 153 144 12 16
ZETIA 146 127 13 59
WARFARIN SODIUM 142 134 14 11
METFORMIN HCL 139 127 15 8
SERTRALINE HCL 139 137 15 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 130 125 17 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 129 17 31
ALLOPURINOL 111 107 19 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 106 106 20 9
GABAPENTIN 98 95 21 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 98 83 21 58
SPIRONOLACTONE 90 86 23 62
MIRTAZAPINE 87 80 24 61
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 86 86 25 51
CARVEDILOL 81 81 26 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 81 26 29
DIGOXIN 76 73 28 40
LOVASTATIN 75 75 29 52
FINASTERIDE 74 70 30 104
SYNTHROID 71 71 31 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 71 71 31 32
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 68 65 33 98
JANUVIA 67 67 34 53
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 67 34 33
CHLORTHALIDONE 65 65 36 191
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 64 36 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65 59 36 26
AZITHROMYCIN 64 55 39 39
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 62 48 40 163
QUINAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 58 40 244
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 37 42 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 61 42 36
GLIPIZIDE 57 52 44 55
LIPITOR 57 52 44 127
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 56 56 46 77
PIROXICAM 56 41 46 284
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 55 46 54
RAMIPRIL 56 56 46 81
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 52 52 50 181
ZOSTAVAX 51 48 51 256
CYMBALTA 50 38 52 41
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 Oct. 23, 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.