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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,699Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 37 out of 278

$887K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 278

349 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 349 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 349 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 13,139 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 554 504 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 528 472 2 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 333 316 3 16
SIMVASTATIN 297 274 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 295 268 5 7
TRAMADOL HCL 269 240 6 22
CRESTOR 247 237 7 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 241 209 8 10
FUROSEMIDE 238 230 9 6
GABAPENTIN 223 204 10 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 220 216 11 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 201 175 12 26
TORSEMIDE 188 168 13 97
METFORMIN HCL 185 181 14 8
AZITHROMYCIN 184 167 15 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 171 165 16 11
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 162 149 17 205
LISINOPRIL 162 141 17 5
NEXIUM 155 140 19 14
ATENOLOL 154 133 20 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 152 144 21 32
RAMIPRIL 149 136 22 81
SERTRALINE HCL 146 140 23 25
CLOPIDOGREL 144 117 24 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 126 25 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 135 124 26 17
CELEBREX 134 119 27 85
SYNTHROID 134 122 27 46
PLAVIX 131 115 29 30
LYRICA 128 107 30 67
LOVASTATIN 122 122 31 52
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 119 95 32 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 118 100 33 21
VERAPAMIL ER 116 115 34 120
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 88 35 15
MELOXICAM 107 105 36 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 106 106 37 77
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 105 91 38 129
VYTORIN 103 96 39 148
CYMBALTA 103 47 39 41
FENOFIBRATE 100 72 41 64
SPIRONOLACTONE 97 95 42 62
ALLOPURINOL 95 77 43 38
AMOXICILLIN 93 85 44 100
CILOSTAZOL 92 73 45 200
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 92 80 45 33
QUINAPRIL HCL 91 68 47 94
CEFDINIR 91 85 47 138
FINASTERIDE 89 89 49 104
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 86 78 50 124
FLUOXETINE HCL 84 72 51 68
METFORMIN HCL ER 77 46 52 76
DONEPEZIL HCL 76 76 53 29
SINGULAIR 73 54 54 60
PROPAFENONE HCL 72 72 55 260
NITROSTAT 66 61 56 156
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 64 S3 57 1
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 52 58 54
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 64 58 36
LANSOPRAZOLE 63 51 60 93
DIGOXIN 62 57 61 40
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 60 62 65
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 60 62 131
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 59 64 31
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 58 58 R 65 73
NAMENDA 58 58 65 48
PAROXETINE HCL 57 57 67 57
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 55 54 68 125
DILTIAZEM ER 54 42 69 236
KLOR-CON M20 54 53 69 42
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 54 52 69 280
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 54 69 108
MIRTAZAPINE 53 53 73 61
DIOVAN 53 42 73 43
LORAZEPAM 52 52 75 204
COMBIVENT 52 52 75 117
FELODIPINE ER 52 52 75 112
RANITIDINE HCL 52 44 75 27
TRICOR 51 44 79 87
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 41 80 45
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 38 80 135
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 50 80 130
PREDNISONE 50 42 80 35
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 Sept. 27, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.