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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,974Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 95 out of 670

$521K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 177 out of 670

323 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

17% of this provider’s 323 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 323 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,448 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 642 534 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 492 423 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 410 384 3 2
RANITIDINE HCL 347 307 4 25
OMEPRAZOLE 300 240 5 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 299 237 6 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 276 191 7 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 234 189 8 9
GABAPENTIN 215 129 9 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 199 162 10 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 192 162 11 19
LISINOPRIL 192 115 11 3
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 175 161 13 79
MIRTAZAPINE 170 134 14 59
SPIRONOLACTONE 165 125 15 82
SERTRALINE HCL 164 160 16 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 159 139 17 13
SIMVASTATIN 157 131 18 4
FENTANYL 144 144 S2 19 76
RISPERIDONE 139 110 20 80
GENERLAC 130 74 21 187
LEVOFLOXACIN 129 120 22 88
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 128 100 23 7
METFORMIN HCL 127 91 24 8
DIGOXIN 126 118 25 46
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 122 111 26 133
FLUOXETINE HCL 122 98 26 55
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 95 28 10
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 115 79 29 69
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 114 102 30 26
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 113 104 31 101
PREDNISONE 113 85 31 40
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 111 59 33 136
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 110 63 S2 34 104
DONEPEZIL HCL 88 88 35 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 86 73 36 30
METHADONE HCL 82 0 S2 37 206
FINASTERIDE 77 72 38 118
KETOCONAZOLE 69 40 39 235
NEXIUM 67 51 40 14
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 65 41 75
KLOR-CON M20 63 59 42 57
METFORMIN HCL ER 63 50 42 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 46 42 37
HYDROCORTISONE 61 54 45 348
OLANZAPINE 61 61 45 143
CARVEDILOL 59 48 47 29
BACLOFEN 58 13 48 129
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 37 49 41
ATENOLOL 56 54 50 17
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 55 49 51 173
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 54 47 52 111
NOVOLIN R 53 42 53 176
TRAZODONE HCL 53 25 53 39
LORAZEPAM 52 47 55 171
LABETALOL HCL 51 51 56 226
PAROXETINE HCL 51 46 56 52
GLIPIZIDE ER 50 30 58 127
PROAIR HFA 50 48 58 28
MELOXICAM 50 26 58 33
MORPHINE SULFATE 50 15 S2 58 228
LIDOCAINE HCL VISCOUS 50 50 58 368
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 June 2, 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.