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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,609Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 278

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 278

759 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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

7% of this provider’s 759 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 759 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 12,636 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 926 755 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 546 412 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 394 319 3 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 388 267 S3 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 380 314 5 7
SIMVASTATIN 367 293 6 4
NEXIUM 363 254 7 14
LISINOPRIL 358 297 8 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 328 264 9 10
GABAPENTIN 289 209 10 12
METFORMIN HCL 287 209 11 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 279 211 12 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 255 242 13 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 224 203 14 9
SERTRALINE HCL 208 157 15 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 131 16 15
SYNTHROID 197 157 17 46
CLOPIDOGREL 192 161 18 20
CRESTOR 183 146 19 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 183 157 19 36
KLOR-CON M20 167 121 21 42
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 154 122 22 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 151 118 23 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 144 120 24 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 140 114 25 13
PREDNISONE 133 94 26 35
JANUVIA 133 123 26 53
CARVEDILOL 129 116 28 23
TRAMADOL HCL 128 105 29 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 99 30 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 124 80 31 21
DEXILANT 119 102 32 84
PLAVIX 115 101 33 30
LEVOFLOXACIN 115 85 33 66
DIOVAN 112 87 35 43
VITAMIN D2 112 92 35 168
RANITIDINE HCL 111 60 37 27
MELOXICAM 110 98 38 37
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 108 97 R 39 73
ATENOLOL 105 76 40 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 104 92 41 16
CLONIDINE HCL 103 100 42 50
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 102 74 43 126
TORSEMIDE 99 56 44 97
FLUOXETINE HCL 96 72 45 68
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 90 71 46 33
CYMBALTA 90 52 46 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 87 87 48 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 64 49 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 81 36 50 62
EVISTA 81 74 50 166
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 76 65 52 65
DIGOXIN 75 75 53 40
ZETIA 75 52 53 59
KLOR-CON M10 74 69 55 90
SUCRALFATE 74 65 55 149
SINGULAIR 73 47 57 60
NAMENDA 73 73 57 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 43 57 44
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 70 51 60 145
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 70 61 60 95
LANSOPRAZOLE 69 26 62 93
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 45 S2 63 71
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 68 25 63 306
JANUMET 68 47 63 170
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 66 45 66 209
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 29 67 96
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 64 40 67 135
RAMIPRIL 63 57 69 81
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 62 41 R 70 78
PAROXETINE HCL 62 61 70 57
VERAPAMIL ER 60 41 72 120
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 59 36 73 121
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 58 74 91
TOPIRAMATE 58 28 74 152
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 56 47 76 124
TRAZODONE HCL 55 44 77 47
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 48 78 72
ALLOPURINOL 54 33 78 38
PROAIR HFA 51 40 80 34
GEMFIBROZIL 51 50 80 118
FAMOTIDINE 51 43 80 116
MICARDIS 51 23 80 284
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 42 80 98
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 10, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.