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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,208Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 100 out of 278

$571K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 87 out of 278

372 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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

12% of this provider’s 372 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,960 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 473 381 1 16
LISINOPRIL 277 232 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 267 221 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 251 217 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 235 216 5 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 151 6 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 166 142 S3 7 1
CARVEDILOL 146 119 8 23
GABAPENTIN 145 113 9 12
SIMVASTATIN 141 121 10 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 133 124 11 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 133 99 11 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 126 121 13 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 115 107 14 11
FUROSEMIDE 112 104 15 6
JANUVIA 112 103 15 53
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 100 17 31
METFORMIN HCL 109 89 18 8
ALLOPURINOL 108 67 19 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 104 94 20 44
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 93 93 21 9
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 92 78 22 58
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 90 86 23 33
ATENOLOL 86 68 24 18
CLOPIDOGREL 84 74 25 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 84 82 25 13
SERTRALINE HCL 81 72 27 25
ZETIA 75 69 28 59
NEXIUM 74 58 29 14
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 63 30 68
CRESTOR 72 56 31 19
AMOXICILLIN 67 56 32 100
CYMBALTA 66 59 33 41
LOVAZA 66 43 33 102
SPIRIVA 65 60 35 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 58 58 36 29
JANUMET 58 51 36 170
GLIMEPIRIDE 58 49 36 28
METFORMIN HCL ER 57 51 39 76
CLONIDINE HCL 56 56 40 50
DIGOXIN 54 49 41 40
RANITIDINE HCL 51 33 42 27
COLCRYS 51 33 42 208
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 49 42 65
CITALOPRAM HBR 50 42 45 21
PLAVIX 50 49 45 30
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 July 15, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.