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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,572Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 670

$740K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 86 out of 670

417 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

23% of this provider’s 417 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 417 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 13,864 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$48 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 1,259 1,177 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 560 502 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 505 491 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 496 461 4 9
SIMVASTATIN 474 419 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 441 426 6 6
OMEPRAZOLE 378 327 7 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 358 321 8 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 347 337 9 31
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 333 289 10 98
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 326 285 11 7
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 289 252 12 193
SERTRALINE HCL 275 271 13 22
GABAPENTIN 247 216 14 11
RISPERIDONE 239 207 15 80
MIRTAZAPINE 233 208 16 59
TRAZODONE HCL 227 186 17 39
NAMENDA 186 186 18 54
LANTUS 186 164 18 58
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 175 145 20 133
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 162 120 S2 21 71
METFORMIN HCL 154 120 22 8
FENTANYL 146 129 S2 23 76
EXELON 144 144 24 128
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 144 139 24 136
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 132 121 26 95
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 125 117 27 101
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 122 86 S2 28 77
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 122 108 28 12
DIGOXIN 122 122 28 46
SANTYL 117 79 31 305
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 116 111 32 16
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 113 113 33 84
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 112 91 S2 34 104
PLAVIX 111 86 35 34
CLOPIDOGREL 109 96 36 24
KLOR-CON M20 108 93 37 57
NOVOLOG 107 87 38 151
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 104 96 39 79
CARVEDILOL 97 72 40 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 94 41 37
ATENOLOL 94 86 42 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 93 87 43 30
FAMOTIDINE 91 66 44 99
CITALOPRAM HBR 89 77 45 20
LEVETIRACETAM 88 34 46 152
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 84 70 47 15
TRAMADOL HCL 80 80 48 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 76 49 42
KLOR-CON M10 78 78 50 112
ALLOPURINOL 78 58 50 38
OXYCODONE HCL 76 64 S2 52 72
GLIPIZIDE 74 72 53 67
KETOCONAZOLE 70 62 54 235
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 68 63 55 336
SPIRIVA 67 64 56 51
DIOVAN 67 67 56 48
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 63 58 43
PROCRIT 60 60 59 275
RANITIDINE HCL 58 58 60 25
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 57 61 109
SEROQUEL 57 56 61 182
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54 47 63 148
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 54 63 135
DILTIAZEM HCL 53 53 65 204
PREDNISONE 53 52 65 40
PAROXETINE HCL 51 48 67 52
CLONIDINE HCL 51 48 67 62
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 April 7, 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.