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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,114Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 278

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 278

571 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 571 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 571 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 17,650 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 825 751 1 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 755 610 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 671 599 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 661 526 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 647 601 5 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 605 534 6 15
LISINOPRIL 564 512 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 560 490 8 9
OMEPRAZOLE 481 374 9 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 443 382 10 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 388 318 11 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 361 289 12 16
ATENOLOL 353 306 13 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 333 288 S3 14 1
METFORMIN HCL 314 205 15 8
CLOPIDOGREL 314 252 15 20
ALLOPURINOL 278 239 17 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 263 191 18 36
PLAVIX 239 202 19 30
CLONIDINE HCL 222 154 20 50
CRESTOR 221 200 21 19
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 217 193 22 70
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 211 172 23 17
GABAPENTIN 205 173 24 12
DIGOXIN 204 198 25 40
TRAMADOL HCL 202 189 26 22
FELODIPINE ER 198 176 27 112
KLOR-CON M20 190 150 28 42
RANITIDINE HCL 183 132 29 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 170 169 30 29
GLIPIZIDE 168 128 31 55
DIOVAN 165 151 32 43
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 160 123 33 24
CARVEDILOL 160 119 33 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 159 131 35 21
RAMIPRIL 153 144 36 81
NEXIUM 151 107 37 14
MIRTAZAPINE 150 145 38 61
PROAIR HFA 147 119 39 34
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 145 145 40 51
SERTRALINE HCL 143 111 41 25
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 120 111 42 121
KLOR-CON M10 110 95 43 90
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 110 99 43 33
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 54 S2 45 71
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 66 46 31
TRAZODONE HCL 101 66 47 47
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 101 99 47 58
LANTUS 101 62 47 56
GLIMEPIRIDE 100 72 50 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 70 50 54
ZETIA 100 99 50 59
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 95 64 53 26
CYMBALTA 92 78 54 41
SINGULAIR 90 77 55 60
INSULIN SYRINGE 85 65 56 72
BENAZEPRIL HCL 85 77 56 108
ADVAIR DISKUS 84 79 58 45
GLIPIZIDE ER 81 77 59 136
TRICOR 80 56 60 87
SYNTHROID 80 78 60 46
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 79 63 62 77
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 77 75 63 141
NAMENDA 76 76 64 48
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 76 75 64 193
SPIRONOLACTONE 76 70 64 62
LORAZEPAM 72 72 67 204
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 66 68 303
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 45 68 44
VERAPAMIL ER 70 40 70 120
LOVASTATIN 66 51 71 52
AMIODARONE HCL 66 63 71 195
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 65 65 73 197
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 64 74 113
EXELON 62 62 75 140
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 61 76 95
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 61 40 76 74
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 61 56 76 63
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 60 53 79 162
TAMSULOSIN HCL 58 43 80 32
PREDNISONE 54 49 81 35
PAROXETINE HCL 54 54 81 57
GLYBURIDE 53 37 R 83 88
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 43 84 91
ROPINIROLE HCL 52 42 84 69
METOLAZONE 52 47 84 184
AZITHROMYCIN 51 37 87 39
INDAPAMIDE 51 42 87 177
FENOFIBRATE 51 37 87 64
FENTANYL 50 27 S2 90 82
COLCRYS 50 37 90 208
LANSOPRAZOLE 50 32 90 93
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50 46 90 96
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 43 90 65
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 Sept. 14, 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.