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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,901Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 278

$1.3M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 278

647 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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 647 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 647 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 13,286 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

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
OMEPRAZOLE 778 565 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 625 439 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 517 450 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 458 371 4 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 428 368 5 10
NEXIUM 413 259 6 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 386 356 7 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 356 303 8 9
LISINOPRIL 352 258 9 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 347 281 S3 10 1
SPIRONOLACTONE 322 263 11 62
CITALOPRAM HBR 302 239 12 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 268 184 13 24
SINGULAIR 246 134 14 60
ATENOLOL 239 177 15 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 231 176 16 16
RANITIDINE HCL 225 150 17 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 219 151 18 13
AZITHROMYCIN 213 145 19 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 208 186 20 7
TRAMADOL HCL 202 108 21 22
GABAPENTIN 197 116 22 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 191 106 23 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 123 24 15
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 180 131 25 70
METFORMIN HCL 178 103 26 8
CLOPIDOGREL 170 121 27 20
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 164 93 28 96
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 163 124 29 252
SPIRIVA 162 96 30 49
DIGOXIN 159 142 31 40
CRESTOR 155 76 32 19
LANTUS 154 123 33 56
CYMBALTA 151 90 34 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 151 103 34 26
ZETIA 150 105 36 59
PLAVIX 150 115 36 30
SERTRALINE HCL 142 97 38 25
LOVASTATIN 136 99 39 52
TRAZODONE HCL 132 67 40 47
CARVEDILOL 129 117 41 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 123 110 42 17
ADVAIR DISKUS 116 77 43 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 110 51 44 44
INSULIN SYRINGE 108 74 45 72
RISPERIDONE 104 29 46 79
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 102 101 47 51
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 102 49 47 126
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 101 82 49 65
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 98 66 50 63
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 93 70 51 36
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 89 0 52 80
VERAPAMIL ER 88 65 53 120
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 75 53 54
SYNTHROID 87 73 55 46
ALLOPURINOL 86 64 56 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 85 62 R 57 73
NAMENDA 84 84 58 48
PREDNISONE 83 72 59 35
PAROXETINE HCL 83 53 59 57
DONEPEZIL HCL 83 83 59 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 82 58 62 74
JANUVIA 78 58 63 53
AVODART 74 62 64 174
GEMFIBROZIL 73 45 65 118
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 28 65 68
QVAR 72 41 67 265
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 72 29 R 67 212
LIPITOR 70 33 69 127
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 68 35 70 133
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 67 16 71 103
JANUMET 66 42 72 170
KLOR-CON M20 64 45 73 42
CEPHALEXIN 64 43 73 92
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 51 75 33
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 61 47 76 124
CLONIDINE HCL 60 44 77 50
LACTULOSE 56 21 78 155
MELOXICAM 55 40 79 37
GLIPIZIDE 55 30 79 55
PRIMIDONE 55 0 79 338
FINASTERIDE 55 34 79 104
LAMOTRIGINE 54 0 83 175
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 54 42 R 83 78
VYTORIN 54 52 83 148
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 53 53 86 146
QUINAPRIL HCL 52 44 87 94
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 33 88 98
PREMARIN 51 22 R 88 192
HYDROXYZINE HCL 51 47 R 88 230
FLOVENT HFA 50 26 91 272
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. 18, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.