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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,265Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 670

$2.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 670

585 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

16% of this provider’s 585 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 585 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 26,121 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

59 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,864 1,591 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,295 1,057 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,108 968 3 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 929 749 4 13
MIRTAZAPINE 847 765 5 59
CYMBALTA 846 638 6 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 838 627 7 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 801 707 8 31
LISINOPRIL 682 532 9 3
LACTULOSE 626 503 10 107
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 537 348 11 95
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 531 409 12 41
NAMENDA 505 485 13 54
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 445 352 14 9
SIMVASTATIN 389 251 15 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 388 326 16 7
EXELON 387 350 17 128
OMEPRAZOLE 361 294 18 5
LYRICA 348 236 19 65
GABAPENTIN 339 225 20 11
CLOPIDOGREL 329 256 21 24
LANTUS 329 290 21 58
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 326 269 23 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 313 200 24 30
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 312 228 25 79
RISPERIDONE 302 234 26 80
CARVEDILOL 302 254 26 29
NOVOLIN R 299 260 28 176
NEXIUM 294 203 29 14
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 277 247 30 101
SODIUM CHLORIDE 276 123 31 170
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 272 178 32 84
RANITIDINE HCL 271 190 33 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 263 194 34 45
GLIPIZIDE 259 205 35 67
PREDNISONE 245 194 36 40
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 232 207 37 132
PLAVIX 230 178 38 34
CLONIDINE HCL 229 184 39 62
CRESTOR 219 162 40 18
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 199 171 41 125
CITALOPRAM HBR 197 153 42 20
DIOVAN 197 168 42 48
CEFTRIAXONE 194 175 44 180
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 191 151 S2 45 77
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 189 158 46 15
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 186 165 47 214
SERTRALINE HCL 186 139 47 22
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 185 90 S2 49 71
ROPINIROLE HCL 180 133 50 75
NOVOLIN N 177 154 51 238
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 177 147 51 136
FAMOTIDINE 173 140 53 99
NYSTATIN 172 139 54 139
METFORMIN HCL 169 88 55 8
FENTANYL 160 91 S2 56 76
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 159 114 57 93
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 156 112 58 117
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 156 128 58 133
TRIMETHOPRIM 151 114 60 210
FENOFIBRATE 146 113 61 64
LEVOFLOXACIN 145 112 62 88
HYDRALAZINE HCL 140 129 63 147
DIGOXIN 139 138 64 46
OXYCODONE HCL 133 76 S2 65 72
CLOZAPINE 132 62 66 191
ALLOPURINOL 126 92 67 38
OLANZAPINE 122 83 68 143
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 121 76 R 69 164
ADVAIR DISKUS 121 59 69 42
TRAZODONE HCL 120 57 71 39
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 119 67 72 148
ABILIFY 115 93 73 200
ATENOLOL 114 86 74 17
SEROQUEL 114 65 74 182
LIDOCAINE HCL 110 100 76 282
LANSOPRAZOLE 110 64 76 86
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 108 55 78 78
CIMETIDINE 106 70 79 314
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 106 86 79 149
TOPIRAMATE 106 14 79 162
LEVETIRACETAM 105 49 82 152
SPIRONOLACTONE 102 75 83 82
PROMETHAZINE HCL 102 85 R 83 106
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 102 90 83 109
SINGULAIR 101 63 86 56
BACLOFEN 101 40 86 129
FLUCONAZOLE 99 81 88 140
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 96 63 89 317
KETOCONAZOLE 94 66 90 235
METRONIDAZOLE 94 74 90 287
LAMOTRIGINE 93 43 92 179
FINASTERIDE 93 70 92 118
MEGESTROL ACETATE 92 82 R 94 202
LIDODERM 92 71 94 215
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 87 54 96 111
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 86 63 S2 97 104
CEFDINIR 85 67 98 154
AVELOX 84 73 99 269
TRANSDERM-SCOP 84 58 99 288
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 65 101 10
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 82 75 101 173
TRICOR 79 52 103 83
TRAMADOL HCL 78 54 104 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 76 72 105 43
PAROXETINE HCL 75 74 106 52
KLOR-CON M20 74 59 107 57
CARBAMAZEPINE 74 18 107 218
AZITHROMYCIN 74 60 107 35
CLONIDINE 74 74 107 328
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 73 60 111 60
JANUVIA 72 49 112 53
DILANTIN 72 42 112 302
NEOMYCIN SULFATE 69 52 10 114 333
GEODON 68 62 115 286
TIZANIDINE HCL 67 54 116 87
HUMULIN R 67 53 116 253
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 51 118 19
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 65 62 R 118 342
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 65 37 118 96
DEXILANT 64 46 121 70
AMITIZA 64 61 121 280
CEFUROXIME 63 57 123 121
HALOPERIDOL 62 44 124 207
ONDANSETRON HCL 61 51 125 233
METFORMIN HCL ER 59 31 126 63
AVODART 58 25 127 208
VANCOMYCIN HCL 58 27 127 231
MORPHINE SULFATE 55 36 S2 129 228
TRAVATAN Z 51 51 130 272
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 39 131 135
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 50 50 131 26
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 March 11, 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.