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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,004Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 27

$826K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 27

407 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

7% of this provider’s 407 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

46% of this provider’s 407 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 24%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,361 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 1,052 452 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 356 246 2 4
NEXIUM 347 165 3 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 309 227 4 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 309 153 4 18
CRESTOR 274 107 6 12
SIMVASTATIN 268 154 7 5
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 243 138 8 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 241 179 9 10
GABAPENTIN 235 53 10 6
FUROSEMIDE 228 186 11 7
IBUPROFEN 226 86 12 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 217 148 13 17
PROAIR HFA 199 105 14 19
AMOXICILLIN 171 99 15 29
METFORMIN HCL 158 108 16 8
CLOPIDOGREL 130 94 17 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 124 73 18 44
DEXILANT 124 40 18 26
DIOVAN HCT 118 55 20 59
MELOXICAM 118 40 20 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 116 85 22 56
PREDNISONE 115 84 23 51
CARVEDILOL 112 73 24 27
AZITHROMYCIN 104 52 25 39
LOVAZA 104 62 25 55
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 103 91 27 58
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 103 66 S3 27 91
EXFORGE 103 51 27 67
LISINOPRIL 100 93 30 2
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 99 83 31 65
RANITIDINE HCL 93 38 32 16
TRAMADOL HCL 91 24 33 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 87 75 34 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 87 19 34 38
TRILIPIX 84 26 36 100
LYRICA 84 19 36 35
PLAVIX 84 65 36 33
SERTRALINE HCL 79 43 39 30
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 79 38 S3 39 77
JANUVIA 77 62 41 36
GLIMEPIRIDE 77 39 41 43
NAPROXEN 75 39 43 50
ROPINIROLE HCL 73 33 44 103
ALLOPURINOL 71 62 45 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 60 46 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 66 39 47 31
AVODART 66 58 47 108
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 30 R 49 53
DESOXIMETASONE 64 49 50 112
TRAZODONE HCL 64 18 50 32
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 63 39 52 115
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 61 34 53 118
SINGULAIR 60 24 54 52
ALPRAZOLAM 58 31 55 87
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 58 35 55 122
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 13 55 61
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 32 58 75
CYMBALTA 54 25 59 40
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 54 27 59 129
SYMBICORT 53 0 61 90
KLOR-CON M10 53 52 61 81
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 33 63 54
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 51 51 64 133
TRICOR 50 30 65 37
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 June 10, 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.