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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,203Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 33 out of 278

$801K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 47 out of 278

492 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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 492 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 492 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 13,640 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 730 619 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 509 441 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 502 415 3 3
TRAMADOL HCL 456 367 4 22
SIMVASTATIN 422 374 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 353 319 6 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 323 236 S3 7 1
LISINOPRIL 276 245 8 5
AZITHROMYCIN 270 217 9 39
METFORMIN HCL 255 237 10 8
KLOR-CON M20 250 214 11 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 233 194 12 11
ALLOPURINOL 217 166 13 38
CARVEDILOL 215 204 14 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 215 184 14 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 209 177 16 15
RANITIDINE HCL 204 176 17 27
PREDNISONE 201 159 18 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 194 189 19 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 176 168 20 24
NEXIUM 170 140 21 14
DIGOXIN 155 143 22 40
ATENOLOL 154 132 23 18
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 151 123 R 24 73
GABAPENTIN 144 128 25 12
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 141 126 26 70
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 139 103 27 9
MIRTAZAPINE 130 125 28 61
CLOPIDOGREL 129 119 29 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 127 117 30 29
GLYBURIDE 124 124 R 31 88
LEVOFLOXACIN 123 99 32 66
BENAZEPRIL HCL 120 100 33 108
NAMENDA 119 119 34 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 118 106 35 77
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 117 97 36 13
GLIMEPIRIDE 107 107 37 28
FINASTERIDE 107 95 37 104
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 106 91 39 36
CRESTOR 103 78 40 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 101 101 41 33
PLAVIX 101 96 41 30
SERTRALINE HCL 100 75 43 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 99 72 44 16
LANSOPRAZOLE 98 84 45 93
TERAZOSIN HCL 93 57 46 151
SYNTHROID 92 92 47 46
SPIRONOLACTONE 91 73 48 62
IBUPROFEN 90 43 49 89
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 51 50 26
CEPHALEXIN 85 72 51 92
CELEBREX 80 68 52 85
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 60 53 69
AMOXICILLIN 75 59 54 100
DIOVAN 75 60 54 43
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 74 61 56 130
PAROXETINE HCL 74 52 56 57
ZETIA 72 33 58 59
METHOCARBAMOL 67 30 R 59 180
CITALOPRAM HBR 66 64 60 21
MELOXICAM 65 47 61 37
PROPRANOLOL HCL 63 61 62 132
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62 62 63 74
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 63 113
TRICOR 60 21 65 87
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 60 48 65 126
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 58 57 67 17
KLOR-CON 10 57 57 68 147
COUMADIN 56 56 69 217
FLUOXETINE HCL 55 47 70 68
INSULIN SYRINGE 55 33 70 72
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 53 72 44
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 44 73 65
JANUVIA 52 52 74 53
LORAZEPAM 51 51 75 204
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 21, 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.