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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,905Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 73 out of 670

$939K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 670

586 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

2% of this provider’s 586 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 586 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 12,426 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
SIMVASTATIN 613 582 1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 527 499 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 446 406 3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 443 391 4 15
FUROSEMIDE 415 371 5 6
CRESTOR 400 373 6 18
OMEPRAZOLE 377 354 7 5
LISINOPRIL 361 304 8 3
METFORMIN HCL 333 294 9 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 291 242 S3 10 1
SERTRALINE HCL 250 215 11 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 229 199 12 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 228 219 13 74
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 222 208 14 12
DIOVAN 208 195 15 48
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 194 156 16 26
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 192 182 17 73
TRAMADOL HCL 184 167 18 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 184 183 18 9
GABAPENTIN 178 156 20 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 177 154 21 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 173 149 22 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 171 23 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 161 128 24 30
ACTOS 156 150 25 105
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 138 121 26 16
BENAZEPRIL HCL 135 133 27 90
FLUOXETINE HCL 134 111 28 55
MIRTAZAPINE 134 126 28 59
CLOPIDOGREL 122 111 30 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 122 122 30 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 96 32 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 100 88 33 19
SINGULAIR 98 83 34 56
ATENOLOL 97 94 35 17
DIOVAN HCT 91 84 36 126
ALLOPURINOL 91 76 36 38
QUINAPRIL HCL 89 83 38 103
PROAIR HFA 88 58 39 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 87 76 40 42
NEXIUM 83 76 41 14
CARVEDILOL 81 75 42 29
PLAVIX 76 70 43 34
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 75 72 44 177
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 74 60 45 96
KLOR-CON M20 72 63 46 57
VITAMIN D2 71 71 47 160
METFORMIN HCL ER 70 66 48 63
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 61 49 109
GLYBURIDE 68 53 R 49 85
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 68 63 49 120
SPIRIVA 68 64 49 51
ZETIA 67 65 53 66
RANITIDINE HCL 63 45 54 25
JANUVIA 62 62 55 53
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 56 R 55 68
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 61 58 R 57 245
CITALOPRAM HBR 61 51 57 20
SYNTHROID 60 48 59 47
LIPITOR 60 54 59 156
MICARDIS HCT 59 59 61 350
CELEBREX 58 54 62 89
LANTUS 57 54 63 58
AZITHROMYCIN 57 52 63 35
DIGOXIN 54 53 65 46
IBUPROFEN 52 35 66 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 51 50 67 45
EVISTA 50 50 68 158
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 Feb. 19, 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.