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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,452Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 278

$641K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 64 out of 278

476 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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

6% of this provider’s 476 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 476 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 10,906 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
OMEPRAZOLE 539 465 1 3
LISINOPRIL 507 475 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 376 347 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 352 293 4 6
METFORMIN HCL 333 304 5 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 264 228 6 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 259 210 7 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 244 232 8 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 242 194 9 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 231 207 10 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 217 194 11 21
ATENOLOL 214 209 12 18
GABAPENTIN 210 186 13 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 186 183 14 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 186 161 S3 14 1
AZITHROMYCIN 182 155 16 39
SIMVASTATIN 182 164 16 4
NAMENDA 180 175 18 48
LOVASTATIN 176 165 19 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 165 136 20 24
CLOPIDOGREL 163 141 21 20
GLIPIZIDE 158 127 22 55
CARVEDILOL 149 141 23 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 146 123 24 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 143 111 25 26
PREDNISONE 135 113 26 35
PAROXETINE HCL 115 115 27 57
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 112 76 S2 28 71
PLAVIX 110 92 29 30
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 109 102 30 65
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 100 100 31 133
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 87 32 15
NEXIUM 98 74 32 14
ALLOPURINOL 96 79 34 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 88 77 35 36
SERTRALINE HCL 85 58 36 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 69 37 51
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 79 76 38 225
CLONIDINE HCL 76 64 39 50
SPIRONOLACTONE 75 60 40 62
RISPERIDONE 73 73 41 79
FINASTERIDE 73 73 41 104
TRAMADOL HCL 72 72 43 22
FLUOXETINE HCL 70 69 44 68
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 69 46 S3 45 144
PROAIR HFA 67 46 46 34
RANITIDINE HCL 66 62 47 27
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 60 47 98
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 64 47 33
MIRTAZAPINE 64 62 50 61
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 64 57 50 10
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 58 52 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 42 53 32
DIOVAN 60 60 54 43
KLOR-CON M20 60 60 54 42
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 41 56 45
LEVOFLOXACIN 57 38 57 66
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 56 48 58 124
SOTALOL 52 48 59 211
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 51 51 60 74
METRONIDAZOLE 50 49 61 254
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 Nov. 20, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.