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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,469Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 670

$1.52M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 670

651 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

10% of this provider’s 651 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 651 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 12,156 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 815 520 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 765 469 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 677 474 3 5
LISINOPRIL 663 362 4 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 551 394 5 12
GABAPENTIN 490 224 6 11
METFORMIN HCL 430 291 7 8
FUROSEMIDE 391 269 8 6
NEXIUM 378 189 9 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 371 230 10 10
CRESTOR 347 225 11 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 337 167 S3 12 1
PROAIR HFA 322 165 13 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 283 193 14 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 260 137 15 27
SPIRIVA 242 160 16 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 215 119 17 42
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 212 151 18 69
CARVEDILOL 205 151 19 29
SERTRALINE HCL 205 84 19 22
CYMBALTA 195 84 21 36
DEXILANT 192 79 22 70
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 186 113 23 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 186 159 23 30
DIOVAN 183 161 25 48
MELOXICAM 180 97 26 33
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 170 97 27 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 166 114 28 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 166 87 28 23
TRAZODONE HCL 166 54 28 39
CLOPIDOGREL 164 140 31 24
ALLOPURINOL 163 75 32 38
SYMBICORT 161 129 33 153
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 151 123 34 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 148 115 35 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 138 113 36 31
KLOR-CON M20 134 92 37 57
FENOFIBRATE 134 84 37 64
LYRICA 132 50 39 65
SINGULAIR 128 58 40 56
TRAMADOL HCL 126 55 41 21
ROPINIROLE HCL 126 65 41 75
PREDNISONE 116 95 43 40
FLUOXETINE HCL 112 61 44 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 57 44 43
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 112 103 44 45
TRILIPIX 111 54 47 141
ZETIA 108 30 48 66
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 107 55 49 125
JANUVIA 107 74 49 53
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 106 64 51 97
WARFARIN SODIUM 98 44 52 13
NAPROXEN 98 50 52 81
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 51 54 37
LOVAZA 95 72 54 108
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 84 56 41
METFORMIN HCL ER 92 39 57 63
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 92 41 57 98
VERAPAMIL ER 92 48 57 94
OXYCODONE HCL 88 20 S2 60 72
SPIRONOLACTONE 87 63 61 82
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 86 43 R 62 68
SYNTHROID 85 81 63 47
PAROXETINE HCL 82 54 64 52
IBUPROFEN 82 37 64 50
CITALOPRAM HBR 82 33 64 20
TEKTURNA 80 72 67 294
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 79 43 68 96
RAMIPRIL 79 47 68 115
PLAVIX 78 65 70 34
LANSOPRAZOLE 77 38 71 86
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 77 20 R 71 61
TERAZOSIN HCL 77 74 71 137
FINASTERIDE 75 56 74 118
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 41 S2 74 71
EXELON 74 70 76 128
LOVASTATIN 74 19 76 44
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 74 61 76 74
CELEBREX 74 44 76 89
PEN NEEDLE 73 37 80 142
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 73 46 80 122
ATENOLOL 73 41 80 17
METHOCARBAMOL 69 13 R 83 168
NITROSTAT 69 43 83 155
NIASPAN 67 51 85 116
ZAFIRLUKAST 67 28 85 337
TOPIRAMATE 62 0 87 162
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 61 26 88 79
JANUMET 61 36 88 189
LIPITOR 61 22 88 156
VYTORIN 59 41 91 134
DIGOXIN 58 43 92 46
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 56 12 93 308
ACTONEL 56 56 93 277
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 53 27 95 193
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 52 42 96 177
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 Nov. 11, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.