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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,226Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 202 out of 670

$453K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 222 out of 670

232 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 232 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 6,735 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
LISINOPRIL 456 361 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 346 313 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 320 256 3 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 295 286 4 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 289 216 S3 5 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 231 219 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 214 149 7 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 200 167 8 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 164 9 10
FUROSEMIDE 172 148 10 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 159 133 11 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 148 122 12 32
SYNTHROID 145 130 13 47
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 139 126 14 9
GABAPENTIN 126 66 15 11
SERTRALINE HCL 122 113 16 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 120 120 17 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 113 83 18 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 98 76 19 23
ATENOLOL 95 62 20 17
SPIRIVA 95 74 20 51
CLOPIDOGREL 87 79 22 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 84 65 23 42
PENTOXIFYLLINE 75 69 24 294
CHLORTHALIDONE 74 66 25 240
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 72 68 26 43
NAMENDA 66 66 27 54
MIRTAZAPINE 65 59 28 59
LANTUS 64 62 29 58
SINGULAIR 63 58 30 56
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 63 55 30 96
NOVOLOG 62 59 32 151
PLAVIX 60 55 33 34
JANUVIA 59 58 34 53
PREDNISONE 58 56 35 40
LYRICA 58 58 35 65
CARVEDILOL 57 39 37 29
NEXIUM 57 36 37 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 52 39 45
TRAZODONE HCL 53 52 40 39
PROAIR HFA 52 50 41 28
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 50 30 42 177
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 21, 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.