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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,024Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 58 out of 670

$824K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 64 out of 670

424 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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 424 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 424 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 12,754 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 1,052 875 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 597 488 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 477 438 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 448 377 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 418 393 5 2
LISINOPRIL 401 331 6 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 355 328 7 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 336 304 8 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 301 290 9 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 295 244 10 20
METFORMIN HCL 244 188 11 8
GABAPENTIN 230 196 12 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 220 180 13 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 205 193 14 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 204 180 15 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 178 170 16 26
SYNTHROID 177 173 17 47
LANTUS 177 167 17 58
ZETIA 162 126 19 66
ATENOLOL 159 147 20 17
NEXIUM 159 108 20 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 157 153 22 15
CLOPIDOGREL 133 118 23 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 131 111 24 19
SERTRALINE HCL 130 107 25 22
PAROXETINE HCL 125 124 26 52
MIRTAZAPINE 122 121 27 59
NAMENDA 121 99 28 54
LOVASTATIN 118 112 29 44
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 116 83 30 110
TAMSULOSIN HCL 115 111 31 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 103 98 R 32 68
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 100 76 33 43
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 99 78 34 69
TRAMADOL HCL 97 92 35 21
CYMBALTA 96 77 36 36
PLAVIX 96 89 36 34
VYTORIN 86 72 38 134
SPIRONOLACTONE 86 63 38 82
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 83 83 40 149
LACTULOSE 79 44 41 107
DIGOXIN 78 71 42 46
NOVOLIN R 78 69 42 176
RANITIDINE HCL 77 67 44 25
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 65 45 75
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 73 52 46 148
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 71 71 47 49
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 70 60 48 101
PREDNISONE 69 60 49 40
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 67 49 73
OXYCONTIN 69 57 S2 49 183
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 59 52 60
CARVEDILOL 67 65 53 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 57 53 74
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 66 52 55 84
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 65 0 56 95
BUPROPION HCL SR 64 32 57 178
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 48 58 45
TORSEMIDE 63 40 58 100
CRESTOR 62 50 60 18
AMOXICILLIN 62 42 60 91
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 59 62 27
INSULIN SYRINGE 61 58 62 92
CEFUROXIME 61 48 62 121
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 60 62 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 58 58 66 32
FAMOTIDINE 57 56 67 99
OLANZAPINE 56 45 68 143
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 43 69 78
EVISTA 54 54 70 158
QUINAPRIL HCL 53 43 71 103
LORAZEPAM 52 51 72 171
AZITHROMYCIN 52 45 72 35
RISPERIDONE 52 28 72 80
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 52 40 R 72 157
JANUVIA 51 38 76 53
VERAPAMIL ER 50 44 77 94
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.