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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,245Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 61 out of 278

$931K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 37 out of 278

408 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

3% of this provider’s 408 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 408 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 7,965 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$83 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 619 407 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 441 337 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 370 262 3 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 297 231 4 10
CRESTOR 266 205 5 19
LISINOPRIL 259 184 6 5
SYNTHROID 255 203 7 46
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 230 191 8 7
FUROSEMIDE 222 175 9 6
GABAPENTIN 221 194 10 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 216 186 11 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 211 181 12 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 184 121 13 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 178 138 14 28
METFORMIN HCL 174 120 15 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 164 88 16 13
DIOVAN 133 124 17 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 129 108 18 16
ATENOLOL 122 94 19 18
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 114 81 20 63
TRAMADOL HCL 109 65 21 22
NEXIUM 109 78 21 14
PROAIR HFA 106 46 23 34
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 66 24 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 98 54 25 26
EXFORGE 97 73 26 187
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 93 62 27 44
DIOVAN HCT 90 56 28 110
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 59 29 24
GLIPIZIDE 81 77 30 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81 47 30 36
LANTUS 80 54 32 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 53 33 15
SINGULAIR 72 40 34 60
KLOR-CON M20 71 63 35 42
ALLOPURINOL 71 64 35 38
MELOXICAM 70 25 37 37
LOVAZA 69 28 38 102
ZETIA 68 47 39 59
BYSTOLIC 68 66 39 114
CARVEDILOL 68 58 39 23
RANITIDINE HCL 67 52 42 27
SPIRONOLACTONE 64 47 43 62
CYMBALTA 63 49 44 41
SYMBICORT 63 40 44 109
JANUVIA 63 57 44 53
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 61 49 47 17
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 0 47 68
CLOPIDOGREL 60 42 49 20
SERTRALINE HCL 60 48 49 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 59 24 51 32
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 54 51 33
SPIRIVA 58 31 53 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 56 56 54 29
WELCHOL 56 23 54 182
FENOFIBRATE 56 38 54 64
PREDNISONE 56 30 54 35
LANSOPRAZOLE 56 14 54 93
MECLIZINE HCL 53 32 59 111
AZITHROMYCIN 51 32 60 39
VITAMIN D2 51 39 60 168
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 51 60 77
IBUPROFEN 51 18 60 89
ULORIC 50 38 64 355
NIASPAN 50 38 64 119
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 Aug. 31, 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.