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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,128Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 92 out of 670

$763K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 74 out of 670

405 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

10% of this provider’s 405 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 405 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 9,428 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% 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

30 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 459 409 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 457 318 2 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 398 271 S3 3 1
LISINOPRIL 395 325 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 283 230 5 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 252 190 6 9
METFORMIN HCL 245 170 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 241 228 8 7
FUROSEMIDE 234 194 9 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 202 161 10 27
NAMENDA 197 197 11 54
WARFARIN SODIUM 192 112 12 13
TRAMADOL HCL 191 156 13 21
CRESTOR 184 160 14 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 175 167 15 31
MIRTAZAPINE 165 157 16 59
NEXIUM 159 82 17 14
GABAPENTIN 146 93 18 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 145 130 19 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 127 118 20 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 124 102 21 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 123 108 22 95
JANUVIA 116 104 23 53
CITALOPRAM HBR 112 82 24 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 106 88 25 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 106 76 25 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 68 27 10
PROAIR HFA 102 62 28 28
DIGOXIN 100 92 29 46
RANITIDINE HCL 95 75 30 25
ALLOPURINOL 93 89 31 38
FENTANYL 88 49 S2 32 76
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87 77 33 15
TRAZODONE HCL 86 69 34 39
CLOPIDOGREL 85 45 35 24
SERTRALINE HCL 72 56 36 22
TAMIFLU 72 69 36 209
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 71 56 38 69
DIOVAN HCT 71 71 38 126
LEVOFLOXACIN 71 68 38 88
BUMETANIDE 70 65 41 212
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 40 42 41
ATENOLOL 65 55 43 17
RISPERIDONE 65 54 43 80
SPIRIVA 64 48 45 51
SINGULAIR 64 51 45 56
LANTUS 64 63 45 58
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63 53 48 93
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 63 53 48 96
TORSEMIDE 63 36 48 100
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 54 51 78
CARVEDILOL 61 53 52 29
HYDROXYZINE HCL 60 36 R 53 205
METHADONE HCL 59 33 S2 54 206
PREDNISONE 58 48 55 40
CYMBALTA 55 15 56 36
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 42 56 98
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 45 58 84
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 53 34 59 19
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 34 60 82
FAMOTIDINE 52 45 60 99
PLAVIX 51 29 62 34
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 46 63 109
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 Nov. 15, 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.