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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,908Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 278

$1.83M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 278

849 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

7% of this provider’s 849 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 849 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 24,791 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 1,244 938 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,101 894 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 892 725 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 843 719 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 776 593 5 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 705 616 6 17
SIMVASTATIN 679 576 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 662 497 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 640 538 9 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 568 472 10 33
LISINOPRIL 559 467 11 5
ATENOLOL 474 384 12 18
MELOXICAM 443 300 13 37
GLIMEPIRIDE 437 351 14 28
CRESTOR 403 352 15 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 397 318 16 13
NEXIUM 377 303 17 14
GABAPENTIN 362 253 18 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 348 297 19 11
TRAMADOL HCL 286 233 20 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 282 210 21 21
CYMBALTA 281 154 22 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 281 157 22 26
KLOR-CON M20 272 188 24 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 265 237 25 24
JANUVIA 262 250 26 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 260 174 27 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 257 216 28 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 230 230 29 29
DIGOXIN 226 206 30 40
CLOPIDOGREL 224 178 31 20
SERTRALINE HCL 215 178 32 25
RAMIPRIL 211 171 33 81
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 204 198 34 54
PREDNISONE 199 175 35 35
SINGULAIR 195 123 36 60
DEXILANT 194 161 37 84
BYSTOLIC 193 178 38 114
LOVASTATIN 186 164 39 52
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 172 160 40 125
PLAVIX 172 133 40 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 170 131 S2 42 71
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 159 145 43 51
CELEBREX 153 127 44 85
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 150 117 45 80
AZITHROMYCIN 149 117 46 39
ZETIA 146 114 47 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 146 113 47 10
ALLOPURINOL 145 145 49 38
CEFDINIR 144 131 50 138
FENOFIBRATE 140 114 51 64
NAMENDA 139 139 52 48
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 112 53 31
ACTOS 131 121 54 101
LYRICA 130 89 55 67
DIOVAN HCT 128 91 56 110
LEVOFLOXACIN 128 100 56 66
ADVAIR DISKUS 126 89 58 45
SYMBICORT 122 86 59 109
METHOCARBAMOL 122 49 R 59 180
LANTUS 121 90 61 56
RANITIDINE HCL 120 98 62 27
TRILIPIX 117 79 63 196
METOLAZONE 117 115 63 184
GLIPIZIDE 114 83 65 55
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 113 112 66 197
MIRTAZAPINE 110 97 67 61
CARVEDILOL 109 106 68 23
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 108 75 69 253
ROPINIROLE HCL 106 96 70 69
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 102 96 71 36
BUMETANIDE 102 90 71 154
PEN NEEDLE 102 70 71 105
MECLIZINE HCL 101 87 74 111
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 101 64 74 206
SPIRIVA 100 63 76 49
FINASTERIDE 98 86 77 104
DILTIAZEM HCL 97 97 78 227
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 97 78 78 98
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 97 79 78 121
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 96 77 R 81 78
DIOVAN 95 94 82 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 95 89 82 74
PAROXETINE HCL 95 85 82 57
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 94 71 85 70
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 93 75 86 63
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 93 71 86 129
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 93 67 86 124
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 92 79 89 77
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 92 78 89 181
SUCRALFATE 89 66 91 149
PROAIR HFA 89 62 91 34
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 88 86 93 141
FLUOXETINE HCL 87 54 94 68
RISPERIDONE 87 55 94 79
TRAZODONE HCL 87 50 94 47
CEPHALEXIN 86 69 97 92
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 86 66 97 96
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 85 79 99 135
SYNTHROID 84 84 100 46
COMBIVENT 81 67 101 117
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 80 74 102 58
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 65 102 65
TRICOR 79 53 104 87
TAMSULOSIN HCL 79 74 104 32
KLOR-CON 10 78 51 106 147
NIASPAN 77 54 107 119
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 77 58 107 98
LANSOPRAZOLE 75 52 109 93
JANUMET 75 62 109 170
FELODIPINE ER 73 48 111 112
VERAPAMIL ER 71 60 112 120
BUPROPION XL 71 55 112 223
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 70 70 114 113
GLYBURIDE 69 68 R 115 88
KLOR-CON M10 69 69 115 90
NASONEX 68 43 117 237
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 66 118 201
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 46 S2 118 83
TORSEMIDE 65 55 120 97
LEVETIRACETAM 65 42 120 106
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 64 62 122 309
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 32 123 44
NOVOLOG 63 54 123 122
FLUCONAZOLE 62 41 125 165
RANEXA 61 46 126 213
SEROQUEL 60 49 127 186
EXELON 60 48 127 140
PROPRANOLOL HCL 59 21 129 132
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 59 36 129 133
BUSPIRONE HCL 59 57 129 178
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 58 132 62
NITROSTAT 58 36 132 156
ONGLYZA 58 43 132 161
AMOXICILLIN 56 36 135 100
BENICAR HCT 56 47 135 179
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 32 137 72
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 54 42 137 131
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 53 37 139 206
AMITIZA 52 48 140 248
CEFUROXIME 51 41 141 86
VYTORIN 51 51 141 148
WELCHOL 51 45 141 182
CLONIDINE HCL 51 31 141 50
TEKTURNA 51 51 141 272
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 50 29 146 103
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.