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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,588Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 39 out of 278

$1.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 278

457 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 457 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

39% of this provider’s 457 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 9,340 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$90 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 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 1,186 546 S3 1 1
GABAPENTIN 417 265 2 12
LISINOPRIL 407 283 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 395 269 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 317 256 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 314 245 6 7
FUROSEMIDE 312 237 7 6
CRESTOR 296 224 8 19
CYMBALTA 294 88 9 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 282 194 10 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 279 216 11 2
METFORMIN HCL 242 172 12 8
NEXIUM 211 145 13 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 210 162 14 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 201 127 15 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 192 171 16 9
SERTRALINE HCL 191 112 17 25
CEFDINIR 183 115 18 138
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 136 19 31
ATENOLOL 149 97 20 18
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 140 51 S2 21 83
MELOXICAM 134 98 22 37
PREDNISONE 127 82 23 35
CLONIDINE HCL 126 105 24 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 126 71 24 36
TRAMADOL HCL 122 79 26 22
ALPRAZOLAM 121 75 27 128
TAMSULOSIN HCL 118 86 28 32
PROAIR HFA 110 70 29 34
CARVEDILOL 109 90 30 23
INSULIN SYRINGE 105 55 31 72
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 104 95 32 33
CLOPIDOGREL 104 90 32 20
RANITIDINE HCL 100 59 34 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 100 92 34 21
JANUVIA 98 67 36 53
WARFARIN SODIUM 98 68 36 11
IBUPROFEN 96 47 38 89
LYRICA 95 40 39 67
DIGOXIN 89 72 40 40
DIOVAN HCT 81 44 41 110
DONEPEZIL HCL 80 80 42 29
LOVAZA 80 47 42 102
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 75 41 44 130
DEXILANT 75 41 44 84
ALLOPURINOL 74 46 46 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 73 38 47 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 53 47 15
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 73 32 47 63
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 72 53 50 65
PLAVIX 71 63 51 30
ROPINIROLE HCL 68 29 52 69
LANTUS 67 39 53 56
FLUOXETINE HCL 64 33 54 68
FENOFIBRATE 62 35 55 64
PAROXETINE HCL 59 55 56 57
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 46 57 93
KLOR-CON M20 58 54 57 42
FENTANYL 56 0 S2 59 82
JANUMET 54 34 60 170
CELEBREX 54 41 60 85
DIOVAN 53 29 62 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 16 62 44
SPIRIVA 53 40 62 49
NIASPAN 53 16 62 119
SUBOXONE 52 36 66 157
OXYCODONE HCL 52 0 S2 66 75
SYNTHROID 50 23 68 46
RAMIPRIL 50 42 68 81
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 39 68 45
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 18, 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.