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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,012Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 69

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 69

952 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

7% of this provider’s 952 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 6,443 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$134 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $79 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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 764 515 1 3
ALLOPURINOL 557 415 2 32
SPIRONOLACTONE 524 404 3 44
LISINOPRIL 478 379 4 4
VITAMIN D2 393 309 5 73
DIOVAN 257 184 6 43
ZEMPLAR 250 192 7 99
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 246 87 S3 8 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 229 163 9 6
LOVAZA 209 133 10 131
SIMVASTATIN 199 147 11 2
SALSALATE 194 150 10 12 114
CALCITRIOL 172 134 13 124
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 153 131 14 22
RENVELA 151 56 15 79
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 151 127 15 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 144 99 17 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 140 63 18 7
GABAPENTIN 127 54 19 15
SENSIPAR 119 84 20 107
SERTRALINE HCL 111 44 21 58
FOLIC ACID 109 90 22 180
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 105 56 23 10
CLONIDINE HCL 101 65 24 34
OMEPRAZOLE 100 67 25 8
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 76 26 29
ULORIC 90 51 27 195
HECTOROL 90 51 27 195
HYDROXYZINE HCL 83 41 R 29 206
METOLAZONE 82 37 30 134
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 52 31 13
CALCIUM ACETATE 74 15 32 219
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 72 49 33 223
WELCHOL 66 31 34 176
DIOVAN HCT 66 46 34 228
CLOPIDOGREL 65 44 36 17
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 65 41 R 36 134
CARVEDILOL 63 36 38 23
COLCRYS 62 38 39 234
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 57 26 40 26
EPLERENONE 56 43 41 249
WARFARIN SODIUM 55 0 42 9
CLINISOL 54 35 43 129
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 40 44 78
ATENOLOL 51 39 45 11
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 Jan. 27, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.