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Prescriber Checkup

SUE WESTFALL MD

5722 CABIN CREEK ROAD SUITE A

Dawes | West Virginia | 25054

(304) 595-5006

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,415Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 670

$913K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 670

483 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
49%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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
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this specialty
in West Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 483 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 483 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 8,190 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 818 417 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 766 447 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 542 331 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 522 328 4 4
GABAPENTIN 373 168 5 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 357 222 6 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 342 238 7 12
NEXIUM 309 149 8 14
OMEPRAZOLE 308 180 9 5
TRAMADOL HCL 283 111 10 21
METFORMIN HCL 277 142 11 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 252 163 12 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 244 122 13 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 237 119 14 15
CRESTOR 232 115 15 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 227 90 16 23
FUROSEMIDE 224 153 17 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 224 136 17 32
SERTRALINE HCL 206 109 19 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 62 20 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 179 79 21 10
JANUVIA 167 127 22 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 152 101 23 19
ATENOLOL 151 77 24 17
PLAVIX 150 71 25 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 149 64 26 20
METFORMIN HCL ER 146 82 27 63
CARVEDILOL 139 75 28 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 135 101 29 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 133 68 30 13
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 132 52 31 98
CYMBALTA 129 74 32 36
FENOFIBRATE 123 73 33 64
CLOPIDOGREL 117 80 34 24
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 113 91 35 69
LIPITOR 107 35 36 156
FLUOXETINE HCL 105 41 37 55
RANITIDINE HCL 103 57 38 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 73 39 41
TRAZODONE HCL 98 34 40 39
LOVASTATIN 97 75 41 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 42 42 37
PROAIR HFA 92 28 43 28
COUMADIN 90 52 44 239
TIZANIDINE HCL 89 16 45 87
LYRICA 87 29 46 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 42 47 42
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 78 25 R 48 61
BUSPIRONE HCL 74 0 49 124
OXYCODONE HCL 74 26 S2 49 72
GEMFIBROZIL 74 33 49 123
MIRTAZAPINE 72 46 52 59
LANTUS 71 48 53 58
TRICOR 71 51 53 83
BUTORPHANOL TARTRATE 69 0 55 333
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 30 56 75
SINGULAIR 67 43 56 56
GLIPIZIDE 66 29 58 67
DIGOXIN 65 44 59 46
RAMIPRIL 64 50 60 115
LANSOPRAZOLE 64 35 60 86
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 64 21 60 122
GLIPIZIDE XL 63 19 63 113
DEXILANT 62 0 64 70
ACTOS 61 20 65 105
PREDNISONE 60 12 66 40
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 39 67 97
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 26 68 45
PAROXETINE HCL 56 36 69 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 26 70 82
INSULIN SYRINGE 51 28 71 92
LOVAZA 51 21 71 108
ZETIA 51 25 71 66
SPIRIVA 51 34 71 51
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 29, 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.