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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,807Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 278

$1.35M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 278

702 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

6% of this provider’s 702 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 702 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 14,699 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 26%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 880 681 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 819 603 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 715 576 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 685 395 S3 4 1
LISINOPRIL 572 400 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 543 486 6 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 392 304 7 9
NEXIUM 329 237 8 14
SERTRALINE HCL 312 226 9 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 294 288 10 7
METFORMIN HCL 284 218 11 8
CRESTOR 280 191 12 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 276 198 13 13
GABAPENTIN 252 179 14 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 242 156 15 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 222 169 16 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 221 196 17 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 210 180 18 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 204 191 19 54
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 204 192 19 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 203 160 21 11
AZITHROMYCIN 198 140 22 39
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 195 128 23 123
FENOFIBRATE 188 125 24 64
ALLOPURINOL 186 162 25 38
CYMBALTA 179 98 26 41
CARVEDILOL 179 139 26 23
VITAMIN D2 167 138 28 168
TRAMADOL HCL 162 106 29 22
CLOPIDOGREL 160 141 30 20
ACTOS 157 145 31 101
SINGULAIR 145 87 32 60
CITALOPRAM HBR 138 90 33 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 133 118 34 51
CELEBREX 130 102 35 85
METFORMIN HCL ER 128 79 36 76
DONEPEZIL HCL 126 109 37 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 126 84 37 32
TRAZODONE HCL 124 71 39 47
PLAVIX 121 102 40 30
JANUVIA 119 117 41 53
KLOR-CON M20 116 98 42 42
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 114 77 43 188
TRICOR 111 89 44 87
ZETIA 107 82 45 59
PROAIR HFA 105 51 46 34
RANITIDINE HCL 103 73 47 27
ATENOLOL 98 75 48 18
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 97 75 49 95
MECLIZINE HCL 94 85 50 111
GLIMEPIRIDE 93 72 51 28
RAMIPRIL 93 89 51 81
FLUOXETINE HCL 92 57 53 68
FENTANYL 91 61 S2 54 82
ROPINIROLE HCL 89 74 55 69
SYNTHROID 87 83 56 46
MIRTAZAPINE 86 72 57 61
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 85 64 58 33
NAPROXEN 83 71 59 115
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 80 40 60 44
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 79 43 61 96
NAMENDA 78 78 62 48
BUPROPION HCL SR 76 41 63 171
SPIRIVA 76 52 63 49
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 75 50 65 80
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 75 62 65 121
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 34 67 45
IBUPROFEN 73 35 68 89
PAROXETINE HCL 73 70 68 57
VERAPAMIL ER 72 41 70 120
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 54 70 58
BYSTOLIC 69 59 72 114
EVISTA 67 55 73 166
PROMETHAZINE HCL 66 30 R 74 106
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 66 44 74 63
DIOVAN HCT 64 45 76 110
MELOXICAM 63 48 77 37
LYRICA 63 45 77 67
LANTUS 62 22 79 56
PEN NEEDLE 61 47 80 105
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 61 53 R 80 320
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 52 82 31
FAMOTIDINE 59 53 83 116
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 59 58 83 98
LOVASTATIN 59 56 83 52
BENICAR 58 35 86 134
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 57 23 S2 87 150
FINASTERIDE 57 46 87 104
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 57 32 87 133
PREDNISONE 56 51 90 35
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 43 R 90 73
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 43 90 98
ALPRAZOLAM 56 35 90 128
OLANZAPINE 56 25 90 142
KLOR-CON M10 54 34 95 90
DIGOXIN 54 48 95 40
PREMARIN 54 27 R 95 192
AMOXICILLIN 53 42 98 100
PRADAXA 52 43 99 166
BUPROPION XL 52 25 99 223
TRILIPIX 52 31 99 196
SUBOXONE 51 0 102 157
LIPITOR 51 46 102 127
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 45 102 16
NYSTATIN 50 46 105 218
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. 15, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.