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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,464Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 289 out of 670

$422K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 245 out of 670

252 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

18% of this provider’s 252 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 252 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 5,493 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

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 291 276 1 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 253 236 2 9
LISINOPRIL 237 209 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 180 160 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 175 157 5 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 155 137 6 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 145 120 7 7
GABAPENTIN 129 113 8 11
SERTRALINE HCL 127 108 9 22
SIMVASTATIN 127 120 9 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 124 114 11 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 112 93 12 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 110 84 S3 13 1
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 96 79 14 79
LANTUS 96 52 14 58
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 84 80 16 98
TRAZODONE HCL 80 70 17 39
ONDANSETRON HCL 80 78 17 233
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 71 19 37
NOVOLOG 73 46 20 151
MIRTAZAPINE 70 69 21 59
METFORMIN HCL 68 49 22 8
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 64 23 101
GENERLAC 64 64 23 187
SPIRIVA 61 51 25 51
CYMBALTA 61 39 25 36
NAMENDA 58 58 27 54
TIZANIDINE HCL 57 14 28 87
CITALOPRAM HBR 57 30 28 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 57 56 28 30
BACLOFEN 56 0 31 129
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 55 31 42
EXELON 55 54 33 128
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 53 50 34 136
GLIPIZIDE 52 41 35 67
RISPERIDONE 51 51 36 80
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 Nov. 28, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.