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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,274Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 278

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 278

665 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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

4% of this provider’s 665 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 665 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 16,484 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
FUROSEMIDE 919 801 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 854 708 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 642 527 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 615 493 4 4
LISINOPRIL 605 464 5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 537 401 S3 6 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 520 458 7 7
ATENOLOL 453 388 8 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 402 365 9 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 394 320 10 9
METFORMIN HCL 347 260 11 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 311 250 12 17
GABAPENTIN 301 165 13 12
CLOPIDOGREL 298 253 14 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 293 218 15 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 267 214 16 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 253 181 17 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 244 218 18 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 244 221 18 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 237 191 20 10
NEXIUM 233 160 21 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 233 185 21 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 229 186 23 13
TRAMADOL HCL 212 142 24 22
CARVEDILOL 210 142 25 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 205 167 26 33
NAMENDA 197 192 27 48
PREDNISONE 182 152 28 35
CRESTOR 180 105 29 19
DIGOXIN 175 166 30 40
MELOXICAM 154 117 31 37
PLAVIX 152 131 32 30
PAROXETINE HCL 152 118 32 57
KLOR-CON M20 145 123 34 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 145 125 34 65
CEFUROXIME 144 115 36 86
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 143 108 37 70
MIRTAZAPINE 138 107 38 61
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 138 137 38 24
RANITIDINE HCL 133 98 40 27
TRAZODONE HCL 132 95 41 47
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 121 78 42 80
ROPINIROLE HCL 115 54 43 69
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 114 66 R 44 73
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113 97 45 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 113 77 45 44
SINGULAIR 107 56 47 60
RAMIPRIL 103 74 48 81
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 103 91 48 95
CLONIDINE HCL 102 77 50 50
PROAIR HFA 102 62 50 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 88 52 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 100 92 53 66
LANTUS 98 63 54 56
AMOXICILLIN 93 80 55 100
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 93 62 R 55 212
SULINDAC 89 56 57 233
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 89 59 57 135
KLOR-CON M10 86 66 59 90
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 84 64 60 145
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 62 61 201
MECLIZINE HCL 79 79 62 111
LOVASTATIN 78 69 63 52
CYMBALTA 78 51 63 41
TIZANIDINE HCL 77 31 65 143
JANTOVEN 77 75 65 239
DIOVAN 77 43 65 43
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 76 62 68 225
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 66 69 153
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 75 53 69 103
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 61 71 36
FENTANYL 73 55 S2 72 82
SOTALOL 72 72 73 211
JANUVIA 71 53 74 53
NOVOLOG 70 53 75 122
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 70 70 75 131
HYDRALAZINE HCL 69 58 77 91
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 68 46 78 96
CEPHALEXIN 66 51 79 92
ALLOPURINOL 64 59 80 38
BUSPIRONE HCL 63 35 81 178
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 63 50 81 77
SERTRALINE HCL 63 35 81 25
ZETIA 61 61 84 59
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 47 85 98
LYRICA 59 22 86 67
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 45 87 93
KETOCONAZOLE 57 50 88 185
GLIPIZIDE 57 51 88 55
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 32 90 62
RISPERIDONE 54 37 91 79
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 53 0 92 123
CARBAMAZEPINE 53 22 92 251
DOXEPIN HCL 52 35 94 289
ETODOLAC 52 23 94 225
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 0 R 94 78
EXELON 51 47 97 140
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 Jan. 22, 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.