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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,447Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 278

$973K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 278

426 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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 426 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 426 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,303 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

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 955 507 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 648 475 2 2
LISINOPRIL 609 383 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 561 412 4 7
METFORMIN HCL 479 269 5 8
OMEPRAZOLE 438 298 6 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 433 284 7 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 424 272 8 16
SIMVASTATIN 411 318 9 4
FUROSEMIDE 377 274 10 6
CLOPIDOGREL 363 241 11 20
GABAPENTIN 350 242 12 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 340 288 13 13
NEXIUM 301 188 14 14
CRESTOR 296 204 15 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 288 194 16 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 254 189 17 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 247 162 18 26
PLAVIX 229 153 19 30
CARVEDILOL 223 174 20 23
ATENOLOL 208 141 21 18
EVISTA 196 182 22 166
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 189 122 23 15
GLIMEPIRIDE 187 105 24 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 186 107 25 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 182 144 26 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 181 121 27 21
AZITHROMYCIN 173 116 28 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 141 98 29 36
ALLOPURINOL 139 84 30 38
RANITIDINE HCL 133 59 31 27
LANSOPRAZOLE 131 101 32 93
LANTUS 130 115 33 56
LOVAZA 129 76 34 102
PROMETHAZINE HCL 121 73 R 35 106
TRICOR 118 82 36 87
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 117 62 37 44
SERTRALINE HCL 116 94 38 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 115 90 39 77
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 113 81 40 58
BENAZEPRIL HCL 110 70 41 108
DIGOXIN 109 71 42 40
JANUVIA 108 62 43 53
CYMBALTA 106 75 44 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 100 89 45 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 80 46 45
MELOXICAM 98 47 46 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 97 72 48 65
SINGULAIR 97 49 48 60
KLOR-CON M20 92 72 50 42
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 91 55 51 232
MECLIZINE HCL 90 76 52 111
FENOFIBRATE 87 69 53 64
CEFDINIR 85 54 54 138
GLYBURIDE 82 59 R 55 88
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 81 59 R 56 159
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 79 31 S3 57 144
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 45 58 54
SPIRIVA 77 41 58 49
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 76 48 60 96
NOVOLOG 74 26 61 122
DONEPEZIL HCL 74 68 61 29
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 73 34 63 181
HYDRALAZINE HCL 72 63 64 91
ROPINIROLE HCL 71 32 65 69
TRAZODONE HCL 71 55 65 47
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 32 67 62
INSULIN SYRINGE 69 43 68 72
PROAIR HFA 68 21 69 34
AVODART 67 55 70 174
CLONIDINE HCL 67 55 70 50
PAROXETINE HCL 63 38 72 57
GLIPIZIDE 63 27 72 55
METFORMIN HCL ER 63 61 72 76
SYNTHROID 62 33 75 46
SUCRALFATE 61 33 76 149
DIOVAN 60 60 77 43
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 41 78 153
GLIPIZIDE ER 57 50 79 136
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 41 80 24
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 54 17 81 162
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 54 31 81 124
CARISOPRODOL 53 0 R 83 158
DILTIAZEM HCL 52 26 84 227
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 52 49 84 33
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 51 35 86 129
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 51 21 R 86 78
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 51 34 86 123
TORSEMIDE 50 28 89 97
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.