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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,308Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 54 out of 278

$666K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 61 out of 278

481 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
15% 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

3% of this provider’s 481 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 481 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,276 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LISINOPRIL 543 513 1 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 538 525 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 493 454 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 384 328 4 8
SIMVASTATIN 376 338 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 365 350 6 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 321 311 7 15
OMEPRAZOLE 274 245 8 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 238 234 9 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 229 218 10 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 227 224 11 9
GABAPENTIN 220 206 12 12
SERTRALINE HCL 196 162 13 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 195 187 14 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 165 132 S3 15 1
DIOVAN 160 151 16 43
CRESTOR 157 150 17 19
CARVEDILOL 154 144 18 23
ALLOPURINOL 145 122 19 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 136 125 20 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 107 21 24
RAMIPRIL 122 109 22 81
FENOFIBRATE 116 85 23 64
NEXIUM 114 114 24 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 110 110 25 29
INSULIN SYRINGE 103 97 26 72
TRAMADOL HCL 102 102 27 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 95 92 28 28
GLIPIZIDE 94 81 29 55
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93 93 30 16
GLYBURIDE 91 91 R 31 88
ATENOLOL 91 86 31 18
PEN NEEDLE 91 76 31 105
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 91 85 31 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 82 35 36
JANUVIA 86 80 36 53
PROAIR HFA 84 59 37 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 82 82 38 21
ZETIA 78 75 39 59
BENAZEPRIL HCL 78 74 39 108
FINASTERIDE 76 76 41 104
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 75 65 42 70
KLOR-CON M20 74 74 43 42
LEVOFLOXACIN 74 61 43 66
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 74 63 S2 43 71
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 73 73 46 77
CLOPIDOGREL 73 61 46 20
RANITIDINE HCL 71 60 48 27
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 70 55 49 162
VERAPAMIL ER 68 68 50 120
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66 66 51 126
PLAVIX 64 60 52 30
HYDRALAZINE HCL 63 63 53 91
SYNTHROID 62 62 54 46
TRANDOLAPRIL 61 61 55 261
BENICAR 60 60 56 134
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 60 60 56 51
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 59 59 58 121
SINGULAIR 55 48 59 60
DIGOXIN 54 48 60 40
NAMENDA 54 54 60 48
FELODIPINE ER 52 52 62 112
COLCRYS 51 49 63 208
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 Aug. 15, 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.