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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,682Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 76 out of 670

$868K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 670

445 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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
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this specialty
in West Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 445 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 445 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 8,900 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

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 654 418 1 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 540 312 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 421 183 S3 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 409 243 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 354 288 5 6
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 292 188 6 49
GLIMEPIRIDE 251 178 7 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 232 174 8 7
FENOFIBRATE 206 116 9 64
METFORMIN HCL 188 134 10 8
CARVEDILOL 187 142 11 29
LISINOPRIL 183 152 12 3
TRAMADOL HCL 180 150 13 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 180 117 13 9
CLOPIDOGREL 175 128 15 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 171 124 16 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 170 123 17 10
SIMVASTATIN 162 130 18 4
METFORMIN HCL ER 159 79 19 63
CITALOPRAM HBR 159 82 19 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 155 109 21 23
CRESTOR 138 61 22 18
MELOXICAM 135 94 23 33
NEXIUM 134 62 24 14
TRAZODONE HCL 121 57 25 39
NIFEDIPINE ER 120 85 26 145
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 118 94 27 26
GABAPENTIN 109 78 28 11
RANITIDINE HCL 105 88 29 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 101 85 30 15
ATENOLOL 101 65 30 17
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 66 32 237
SERTRALINE HCL 96 65 33 22
CYMBALTA 95 52 34 36
SYNTHROID 94 74 35 47
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 93 60 36 177
BUSPIRONE HCL 92 58 37 124
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 92 50 37 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 92 69 37 13
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 92 49 R 37 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 69 41 41
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 62 42 27
PLAVIX 83 68 43 34
JANUVIA 75 68 44 53
BUMETANIDE 72 59 45 212
LANSOPRAZOLE 69 56 46 86
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 68 62 47 122
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 58 48 30
SPIRIVA 66 41 48 51
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 56 50 45
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 65 31 50 132
PEN NEEDLE 64 23 52 142
SINGULAIR 62 23 53 56
TRICOR 62 36 53 83
PAROXETINE HCL 62 43 53 52
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 60 56 56 109
AMOXICILLIN 60 42 56 91
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 59 32 58 101
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 53 59 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 26 59 37
LOVASTATIN 57 30 61 44
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 29 61 78
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 26 61 97
AZITHROMYCIN 55 28 64 35
MIRTAZAPINE 54 42 65 59
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 47 65 69
IBUPROFEN 53 20 67 50
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 43 68 73
NIFEDICAL XL 51 26 69 285
MECLIZINE HCL 51 35 69 114
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 March 31, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.