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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,358Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 278

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 278

725 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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 725 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 725 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 14,654 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

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 596 506 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 589 495 2 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 505 431 3 9
SIMVASTATIN 502 395 4 4
LISINOPRIL 479 381 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 468 358 6 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 462 376 S3 7 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 422 335 8 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 358 310 9 17
METFORMIN HCL 345 248 10 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 317 263 11 10
NEXIUM 306 226 12 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 298 229 13 7
GABAPENTIN 282 235 14 12
LANTUS 246 202 15 56
SERTRALINE HCL 219 198 16 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 206 148 17 13
CLOPIDOGREL 206 195 17 20
NAMENDA 174 169 19 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 163 153 20 63
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 158 127 S2 21 150
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 158 85 S2 21 71
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 107 23 15
NOVOLOG 155 132 24 122
ATENOLOL 151 120 25 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 146 142 26 32
KLOR-CON M20 144 115 27 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 144 115 27 21
OXYCODONE HCL 140 87 S2 29 75
PLAVIX 136 119 30 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 133 115 31 24
DIGOXIN 129 116 32 40
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 127 64 33 74
RISPERIDONE 125 89 34 79
RANITIDINE HCL 124 109 35 27
CARVEDILOL 117 98 36 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 76 37 26
TRAZODONE HCL 116 95 37 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 115 114 39 29
FENTANYL 108 106 S2 40 82
GLYBURIDE 106 65 R 41 88
CRESTOR 106 65 41 19
TRAMADOL HCL 106 54 41 22
HUMALOG 106 64 41 173
MELOXICAM 106 105 41 37
TAMIFLU 105 92 46 216
CYMBALTA 105 81 46 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 103 96 48 33
TRICOR 103 59 48 87
LEVOFLOXACIN 101 92 50 66
PREDNISONE 94 75 51 35
ALLOPURINOL 94 94 51 38
METHADONE HCL 94 23 S2 51 169
GLIMEPIRIDE 93 79 54 28
JANUVIA 88 63 55 53
LYRICA 82 65 56 67
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 58 57 31
EXELON 80 80 57 140
GLIPIZIDE 80 74 57 55
SPIRIVA 79 47 60 49
NIFEDIPINE ER 77 54 61 139
LOVASTATIN 77 48 61 52
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 75 63 63 70
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 74 65 64 98
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 57 65 95
BYSTOLIC 72 54 66 114
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 71 61 67 135
HYDRALAZINE HCL 71 57 67 91
MIRTAZAPINE 69 62 69 61
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 53 S2 70 83
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 51 71 44
LOVAZA 65 54 71 102
FLUOXETINE HCL 64 45 73 68
WELCHOL 62 52 74 182
GEMFIBROZIL 61 49 75 118
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 48 76 45
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 59 57 77 125
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 15 R 77 78
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 45 77 80
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 58 29 80 136
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 50 81 65
FENOFIBRATE 57 53 81 64
LEVEMIR 52 30 83 183
IBUPROFEN 52 32 83 89
PAROXETINE HCL 51 26 85 57
AVODART 51 48 85 174
CEPHALEXIN 51 43 85 92
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 Dec. 11, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.