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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,636Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 278

$909K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 278

548 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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

5% of this provider’s 548 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 548 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 15,466 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

$52 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
FUROSEMIDE 659 616 1 6
OMEPRAZOLE 634 527 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 606 561 3 2
TRAMADOL HCL 511 447 4 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 409 384 5 7
SIMVASTATIN 408 368 6 4
PREDNISONE 388 372 7 35
LISINOPRIL 355 299 8 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 335 306 9 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 281 243 10 32
KLOR-CON M20 274 233 11 42
ATENOLOL 264 239 12 18
RANITIDINE HCL 249 238 13 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 241 204 14 15
CARVEDILOL 235 205 15 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 230 230 16 29
NAMENDA 212 212 17 48
DIGOXIN 208 208 18 40
WARFARIN SODIUM 204 169 19 11
METFORMIN HCL 193 141 20 8
SPIRONOLACTONE 190 190 21 62
GABAPENTIN 176 159 22 12
AZITHROMYCIN 175 144 23 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 171 149 24 24
LEVOFLOXACIN 164 146 25 66
CLOPIDOGREL 157 137 26 20
PAROXETINE HCL 145 129 27 57
NEXIUM 137 101 28 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 135 127 29 77
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 135 130 29 201
GLIMEPIRIDE 132 117 31 28
MIRTAZAPINE 129 112 32 61
ALLOPURINOL 125 120 33 38
FINASTERIDE 125 113 33 104
METFORMIN HCL ER 124 100 35 76
TRAZODONE HCL 121 95 36 47
MECLIZINE HCL 117 114 37 111
CYMBALTA 114 75 38 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 113 92 39 13
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 112 112 40 58
FAMOTIDINE 108 106 41 116
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 105 102 42 9
PLAVIX 102 95 43 30
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 102 102 43 136
MELOXICAM 97 74 45 37
SINGULAIR 95 82 46 60
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 94 75 S3 47 1
OLANZAPINE 94 82 47 142
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 90 55 49 98
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 83 50 36
PROAIR HFA 87 82 51 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 86 69 52 16
CEPHALEXIN 86 69 52 92
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 79 52 54
DIOVAN 83 83 55 43
NABUMETONE 83 79 55 164
PRADAXA 82 82 57 166
AMIODARONE HCL 80 80 58 195
INSULIN SYRINGE 79 61 59 72
CRESTOR 79 63 59 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 77 59 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 68 62 33
KLOR-CON 10 75 75 63 147
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 73 62 64 96
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 72 67 65 163
SYNTHROID 69 59 66 46
LOVASTATIN 67 46 67 52
SPIRIVA 67 65 67 49
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 66 45 69 130
KETOCONAZOLE 66 66 69 185
METOLAZONE 65 65 71 184
CELEBREX 64 64 72 85
SUCRALFATE 64 63 72 149
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 64 72 113
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 63 54 75 135
SERTRALINE HCL 61 49 76 25
CEFDINIR 61 48 76 138
IBUPROFEN 61 40 76 89
JANUVIA 60 48 79 53
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 59 59 80 17
INDAPAMIDE 58 58 81 177
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 58 49 81 103
NOVOLIN N 55 30 83 263
PIROXICAM 53 36 84 284
ALPRAZOLAM 51 51 85 128
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51 36 85 26
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 26 87 69
RISPERIDONE 50 38 87 79
PREMARIN 50 37 R 87 192
MEGESTROL ACETATE 50 42 R 87 198
LORAZEPAM 50 46 87 204
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 42 87 31
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 11, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.