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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,861Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 34

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 34

508 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 508 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 3,429 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

57% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 48%.

Prescription Price

$213 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $139 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 402 299 10 1 17
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 364 278 2 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 307 181 3 1
NOVOFINE 32 275 189 10 4 39
METFORMIN HCL 273 208 5 3
LANTUS 268 201 6 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 195 150 7 6
INSULIN SYRINGE 190 127 8 9
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 185 128 9 5
NOVOLOG 166 118 10 12
JANUVIA 163 125 11 11
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 141 102 12 42
PEN NEEDLE 140 92 13 4
METHIMAZOLE 139 123 14 30
VICTOZA 3-PAK 128 82 15 60
SYNTHROID 127 62 16 2
LEVEMIR 110 84 17 38
GLIPIZIDE 98 80 18 37
HUMALOG 92 76 19 16
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 80 73 20 49
GLYBURIDE 61 52 R 21 70
METFORMIN HCL ER 59 37 22 18
GLIPIZIDE ER 58 18 23 64
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 Aug. 26, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.