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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,828Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 278

$1.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 278

636 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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 West Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 636 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 636 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 17,613 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
FUROSEMIDE 818 723 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 787 687 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 758 533 S3 3 1
LISINOPRIL 724 541 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 702 550 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 649 535 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 587 495 7 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 441 431 8 11
CRESTOR 422 331 9 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 416 335 10 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 389 333 11 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 388 327 12 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 384 292 13 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 322 290 14 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 308 271 15 17
NAMENDA 302 302 16 48
GABAPENTIN 247 121 17 12
ATENOLOL 246 210 18 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 245 184 19 44
KLOR-CON M20 235 203 20 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 231 198 21 24
DIGOXIN 218 204 22 40
NEXIUM 218 136 22 14
KLOR-CON M10 214 200 24 90
DONEPEZIL HCL 210 197 25 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 196 136 26 13
METFORMIN HCL 195 133 27 8
CEFUROXIME 195 159 27 86
CLOPIDOGREL 189 177 29 20
MIRTAZAPINE 175 171 30 61
LANTUS 166 125 31 56
SERTRALINE HCL 160 112 32 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 146 130 33 33
ALLOPURINOL 145 103 34 38
LEVOFLOXACIN 144 117 35 66
PREDNISONE 143 130 36 35
METFORMIN HCL ER 139 105 37 76
LYRICA 138 93 38 67
TRAMADOL HCL 129 89 39 22
DIOVAN 129 109 39 43
AZITHROMYCIN 126 103 41 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 126 122 41 32
PROAIR HFA 124 77 43 34
FAMOTIDINE 122 103 44 116
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 119 87 45 80
PLAVIX 117 111 46 30
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 114 75 47 123
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 114 97 47 36
TRAZODONE HCL 113 61 49 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 104 50 51
EXELON 112 112 50 140
FENTANYL 107 102 S2 52 82
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 88 53 15
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 105 86 S2 54 71
CLONIDINE HCL 105 76 54 50
NOVOLOG 105 84 54 122
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 104 72 R 57 73
CARVEDILOL 100 62 58 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 96 50 59 68
MECLIZINE HCL 92 82 60 111
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 86 76 61 70
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 85 85 62 113
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 75 63 65
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 82 80 64 121
SYNTHROID 78 73 65 46
CYMBALTA 78 50 65 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75 56 67 26
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 48 68 72
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 73 68 95
SPIRONOLACTONE 73 35 68 62
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 71 51 71 135
HYDROXYZINE HCL 69 48 R 72 230
RAMIPRIL 69 57 72 81
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 67 43 74 98
RANITIDINE HCL 66 41 75 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 47 75 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 58 77 31
FENOFIBRATE 64 34 78 64
DEXILANT 63 34 79 84
IBUPROFEN 63 32 79 89
SUCRALFATE 61 55 81 149
GLIPIZIDE 61 41 81 55
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 60 55 83 133
MELOXICAM 58 42 84 37
SPIRIVA 58 41 84 49
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 58 19 R 84 78
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 43 87 132
PAROXETINE HCL 55 46 88 57
FLUCONAZOLE 53 35 89 165
LIPITOR 53 40 89 127
TRANSDERM-SCOP 52 52 91 261
AZELASTINE HCL 52 43 91 348
MUPIROCIN 51 40 93 219
PRADAXA 51 51 93 166
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 42 95 63
ONGLYZA 50 44 95 161
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 April 9, 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.