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THOMAS WALKER MD

6 DOCTORS DRIVE EMPORIA MEDICAL ASSOCIATES PC

Emporia | Virginia | 23847

(434) 634-6101

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,464Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 127 out of 1692

$710K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 106 out of 1692

474 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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
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this specialty
in Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 474 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 474 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,365 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Virginia
FUROSEMIDE 570 423 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 448 347 2 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 427 352 3 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 392 309 4 3
KLOR-CON M20 333 241 5 48
LISINOPRIL 301 231 6 2
OMEPRAZOLE 300 208 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 293 233 8 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 234 155 9 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 207 150 10 11
METFORMIN HCL 206 152 11 8
CARVEDILOL 176 142 12 24
GABAPENTIN 174 135 13 13
INSULIN SYRINGE 162 115 14 93
CLOPIDOGREL 159 122 15 43
FAMOTIDINE 155 107 16 86
TRAMADOL HCL 147 107 17 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 144 140 18 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 138 108 19 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 137 114 20 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 133 108 21 20
COLCRYS 131 97 22 154
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 99 23 19
NEXIUM 117 55 24 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 115 97 25 55
PROAIR HFA 115 67 25 40
PLAVIX 113 89 27 66
CLONIDINE HCL 113 86 27 46
GLIMEPIRIDE 109 109 29 32
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 109 62 S3 29 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 106 80 31 23
NIASPAN 104 69 32 123
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 101 101 33 36
ALLOPURINOL 99 82 34 30
ATENOLOL 96 82 35 15
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 91 71 36 263
CRESTOR 87 63 37 26
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 69 38 65
RANITIDINE HCL 82 74 39 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 69 40 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 59 41 38
SERTRALINE HCL 77 65 42 22
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 76 51 43 126
AMOXICILLIN 76 58 43 95
DIOVAN 74 42 45 42
NOVOLIN 70-30 70 54 46 249
EVISTA 69 69 47 140
AZITHROMYCIN 69 52 47 34
METOLAZONE 69 57 47 224
LYRICA 67 32 50 111
SINGULAIR 66 55 51 79
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 65 41 52 136
LANTUS 65 19 52 57
DETROL LA 63 41 54 263
PREDNISONE 61 48 55 35
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 17 S2 56 94
CITALOPRAM HBR 57 38 56 21
CEPHALEXIN 56 47 58 89
DIGOXIN 54 41 59 85
SPIRIVA 54 45 59 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 29 59 52
BENAZEPRIL HCL 52 29 62 69
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 27 S2 63 70
IBUPROFEN 50 28 64 78
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 Nov. 2, 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.