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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,785Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 63 out of 670

$701K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 100 out of 670

635 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 635 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 635 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 10,921 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 767 564 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 594 476 2 6
LISINOPRIL 456 392 3 3
FENTANYL 363 237 S2 4 76
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 337 285 5 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 323 226 6 9
TRAZODONE HCL 280 193 7 39
SIMVASTATIN 277 192 8 4
OXYCODONE HCL 274 190 S2 9 72
ATENOLOL 261 198 10 17
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 241 201 S2 11 71
METFORMIN HCL 238 180 12 8
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 237 191 S2 13 77
MIRTAZAPINE 228 227 14 59
OMEPRAZOLE 211 167 15 5
GABAPENTIN 207 141 16 11
AZITHROMYCIN 204 159 17 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 191 133 18 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 176 171 19 31
LANTUS 175 137 20 58
PREDNISONE 173 131 21 40
SERTRALINE HCL 170 120 22 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 164 144 23 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 158 143 24 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 157 125 25 16
TRAMADOL HCL 151 99 26 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 146 107 27 13
CARVEDILOL 137 125 28 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 133 114 29 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 125 104 30 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 125 79 30 19
CLONIDINE HCL 103 73 32 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103 78 32 30
ALLOPURINOL 93 60 34 38
NAMENDA 93 89 34 54
CYMBALTA 92 44 36 36
NEXIUM 91 55 37 14
RANITIDINE HCL 91 70 37 25
VERAPAMIL ER 85 81 39 94
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 82 47 40 236
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 81 67 41 60
PROPRANOLOL HCL 80 44 42 130
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 58 43 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 76 51 44 78
CARBAMAZEPINE 76 22 44 218
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75 43 46 23
RISPERIDONE 75 53 46 80
HUMALOG 73 50 48 197
PROAIR HFA 73 35 48 28
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 72 29 R 50 61
IBUPROFEN 72 40 50 50
BACLOFEN 70 0 52 129
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 69 34 53 101
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 69 51 53 150
LYRICA 66 30 55 65
CEPHALEXIN 66 56 55 102
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 47 57 32
NOVOLOG 63 53 58 151
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 63 44 58 109
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 62 36 60 135
CRESTOR 62 59 60 18
KLOR-CON M20 58 33 62 57
DIGOXIN 55 44 63 46
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 53 18 S2 64 104
OXYCONTIN 53 46 S2 64 183
LOVASTATIN 53 46 64 44
PROMETHAZINE HCL 52 41 R 67 106
CEFTRIAXONE 51 36 68 180
NAPROXEN 51 37 68 81
PLAVIX 50 35 70 34
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 June 24, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.