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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,961Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 278

$1.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 278

611 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
52%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

16% of this provider’s 611 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

37% of this provider’s 611 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 11,635 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

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,504 656 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 937 608 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 749 357 3 3
GABAPENTIN 667 233 4 12
LISINOPRIL 518 306 5 5
SIMVASTATIN 463 252 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 454 243 7 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 431 228 8 16
METFORMIN HCL 404 176 9 8
OXYCODONE HCL 355 95 S2 10 75
RANITIDINE HCL 337 144 11 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 327 182 12 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 321 206 13 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 317 193 14 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 313 175 15 9
NEXIUM 305 122 16 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 302 184 17 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 294 118 18 26
CRESTOR 289 115 19 19
ATENOLOL 284 169 20 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 282 146 21 24
PROAIR HFA 256 91 22 34
CLONIDINE HCL 246 101 23 50
CITALOPRAM HBR 244 115 24 21
TRAMADOL HCL 237 105 25 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223 75 26 31
ALLOPURINOL 222 134 27 38
MIRTAZAPINE 216 155 28 61
CLOPIDOGREL 194 114 29 20
CARVEDILOL 194 133 29 23
SINGULAIR 178 88 31 60
SPIRIVA 176 51 32 49
CYMBALTA 175 37 33 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 163 118 34 36
TOPIRAMATE 157 23 35 152
TIZANIDINE HCL 156 36 36 143
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 150 69 37 44
PLAVIX 147 75 38 30
SERTRALINE HCL 146 63 39 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 89 40 54
LOVAZA 142 37 41 102
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 142 53 R 41 78
KLOR-CON M10 139 93 43 90
PREDNISONE 137 84 44 35
SUBOXONE 133 0 45 157
WARFARIN SODIUM 131 63 46 11
PAROXETINE HCL 124 61 47 57
TRAZODONE HCL 123 34 48 47
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 80 49 15
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 120 62 50 96
FLUOXETINE HCL 120 20 50 68
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 28 S2 52 83
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 115 41 R 53 73
COMBIVENT 111 52 54 117
MELOXICAM 105 56 55 37
BACLOFEN 105 17 55 172
SPIRONOLACTONE 102 56 57 62
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 102 32 57 70
ROPINIROLE HCL 101 26 59 69
ALPRAZOLAM 100 76 60 128
ADVAIR DISKUS 96 24 61 45
PEN NEEDLE 92 39 62 105
INSULIN SYRINGE 91 33 63 72
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 89 60 64 33
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 88 59 65 58
CEPHALEXIN 88 41 65 92
LYRICA 86 50 67 67
KLOR-CON M20 86 25 67 42
AZITHROMYCIN 84 47 69 39
GLIPIZIDE ER 83 79 70 136
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83 61 70 32
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 82 21 72 98
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 81 38 73 133
IBUPROFEN 81 27 73 89
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 79 29 S2 75 150
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 78 25 76 206
GEMFIBROZIL 77 39 77 118
RAMIPRIL 76 56 78 81
GLIPIZIDE 73 31 79 55
FENTANYL 71 21 S2 80 82
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 70 36 81 98
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 36 82 63
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 67 0 83 126
BUSPIRONE HCL 66 27 84 178
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 22 S2 85 71
JANUVIA 65 37 85 53
PROMETHAZINE HCL 64 20 R 87 106
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 64 25 87 17
CELEBREX 64 33 87 85
TORSEMIDE 63 39 90 97
FENOFIBRATE 62 0 91 64
DONEPEZIL HCL 62 57 91 29
SYMBICORT 62 36 91 109
VERAPAMIL ER 61 20 94 120
DIOVAN HCT 60 28 95 110
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 59 11 96 130
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 32 97 65
SYNTHROID 57 43 97 46
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 57 36 97 124
VITAMIN D2 56 39 100 168
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 56 30 100 206
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 56 13 R 100 212
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 40 103 51
PRADAXA 53 46 104 166
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 53 33 104 80
NAPROXEN 53 15 104 115
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 53 22 104 188
DIOVAN 53 43 104 43
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 52 29 109 145
JANUMET 51 12 110 170
LOVASTATIN 51 29 110 52
LANSOPRAZOLE 51 32 110 93
CLONAZEPAM 50 23 113 235
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 24, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.