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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,083Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 27

$870K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 27

431 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

8% of this provider’s 431 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 431 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 24%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 10,921 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 749 552 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 563 461 2 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 551 305 S3 3 1
LISINOPRIL 539 332 4 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 404 298 5 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 344 192 6 49
SIMVASTATIN 306 202 7 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 292 224 8 17
METFORMIN HCL 285 188 9 8
GABAPENTIN 281 195 10 6
OMEPRAZOLE 277 199 11 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 240 166 12 9
CRESTOR 219 164 13 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 190 145 14 14
GLYBURIDE 173 149 R 15 73
ALLOPURINOL 164 133 16 47
NEXIUM 154 97 17 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 150 150 18 31
ATENOLOL 144 99 19 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 139 94 20 21
FLUOXETINE HCL 135 88 21 61
CLOPIDOGREL 128 72 22 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 125 125 23 69
CEPHALEXIN 123 78 24 69
MELOXICAM 121 99 25 23
DIGOXIN 117 117 26 73
TRAMADOL HCL 114 96 27 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 107 71 28 58
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 106 105 29 88
RANITIDINE HCL 105 44 30 16
LANTUS 104 95 31 63
PROAIR HFA 103 70 32 19
SYNTHROID 100 96 33 92
MIRTAZAPINE 99 83 34 94
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 96 78 35 95
CARVEDILOL 96 79 35 27
KLOR-CON M10 90 71 37 81
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 88 77 38 46
NAMENDA 88 88 38 99
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 78 40 80
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 84 42 41 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 71 41 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 83 51 43 24
GEMFIBROZIL 82 50 44 78
PLAVIX 77 44 45 33
CYMBALTA 75 47 46 40
JANUVIA 72 56 47 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 60 48 54
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 70 41 S3 49 77
LEVETIRACETAM 69 25 50 105
TAMSULOSIN HCL 69 69 50 44
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 59 52 22
AZITHROMYCIN 67 62 53 39
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 67 47 53 106
DIOVAN 66 53 55 45
AMOXICILLIN 65 47 56 29
PREDNISONE 65 53 56 51
SERTRALINE HCL 65 54 56 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 64 53 59 38
DEXILANT 64 18 59 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 43 61 72
LEVOFLOXACIN 60 51 61 75
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 60 51 61 64
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 59 33 64 121
TRAZODONE HCL 58 33 65 32
FENTANYL 58 22 S2 65 85
IBUPROFEN 57 24 67 28
LYRICA 56 45 68 35
CEFTRIAXONE 55 48 69 126
LORAZEPAM 54 48 70 129
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 38 S2 71 132
ALPRAZOLAM 50 44 72 87
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.