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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,279Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 78 out of 670

$779K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 72 out of 670

458 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

11% of this provider’s 458 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 458 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 9,863 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 453 298 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 432 345 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 391 286 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 382 296 4 4
LISINOPRIL 354 276 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 318 259 6 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 308 252 7 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 307 262 8 7
FUROSEMIDE 303 264 9 6
METFORMIN HCL 302 235 10 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 293 221 11 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 213 156 12 16
CARVEDILOL 193 150 13 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 169 143 14 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 155 151 15 13
DIGOXIN 138 138 16 46
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 138 83 16 78
BENAZEPRIL HCL 137 113 18 90
CITALOPRAM HBR 132 88 19 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 118 20 10
CLOPIDOGREL 123 95 21 24
TRAMADOL HCL 120 70 22 21
GABAPENTIN 116 80 23 11
PROAIR HFA 112 56 24 28
NEXIUM 111 62 25 14
ACTOS 110 99 26 105
RANITIDINE HCL 108 74 27 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 105 28 27
FENTANYL 106 72 S2 28 76
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 58 30 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 98 98 31 12
CYMBALTA 96 49 32 36
ATENOLOL 95 71 33 17
SERTRALINE HCL 92 62 34 22
CRESTOR 88 69 35 18
LOVASTATIN 86 74 36 44
PLAVIX 86 72 36 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 84 43 R 38 61
FENOFIBRATE 83 31 39 64
DEXILANT 82 57 40 70
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 54 40 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 82 20 R 40 68
MIRTAZAPINE 80 80 43 59
SYNTHROID 78 67 44 47
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 40 S2 45 77
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 76 70 46 149
LIDODERM 73 58 47 215
PREDNISONE 73 49 47 40
IBUPROFEN 69 14 49 50
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 66 58 50 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 52 50 37
SINGULAIR 65 37 52 56
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 52 53 73
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 63 46 54 150
TIZANIDINE HCL 62 22 55 87
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 49 56 74
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 60 60 56 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 59 58 31
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 46 58 60
BENICAR HCT 58 57 60 190
OXYCONTIN 58 12 S2 60 183
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 36 60 55
VERAPAMIL ER 57 40 63 94
NAMENDA 56 56 64 54
TRICOR 56 31 64 83
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 56 31 64 96
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 13 S2 64 71
LEXAPRO 56 36 64 231
TORSEMIDE 55 51 69 100
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 54 16 S2 70 104
SPIRIVA 54 41 70 51
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 53 72 45
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 52 48 R 73 245
TOPIRAMATE 51 22 74 162
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. 22, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.