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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,670Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 278

$615K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 73 out of 278

366 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 366 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 366 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 12,193 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 624 531 1 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 589 538 S3 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 572 512 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 533 495 4 6
LISINOPRIL 401 351 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 320 279 6 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 300 283 7 17
RISPERIDONE 293 257 8 79
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 281 257 9 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 223 223 10 29
FENTANYL 221 200 S2 11 82
PAROXETINE HCL 189 163 12 57
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 186 179 13 63
CEFUROXIME 172 157 14 86
LANTUS 167 133 15 56
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 155 136 16 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 149 146 17 33
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 148 137 18 232
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 143 141 19 7
NAMENDA 143 143 19 48
CLONIDINE HCL 138 136 21 50
CITALOPRAM HBR 136 123 22 21
GABAPENTIN 128 97 23 12
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 126 104 24 74
MIRTAZAPINE 125 125 25 61
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123 108 26 32
CLOPIDOGREL 121 108 27 20
DIGOXIN 119 118 28 40
METFORMIN HCL 118 99 29 8
LACTULOSE 117 116 30 155
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 116 113 31 70
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 115 102 32 36
SIMVASTATIN 112 99 33 4
RANITIDINE HCL 109 95 34 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 106 99 35 10
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 104 92 36 95
MUPIROCIN 103 97 37 219
TRAZODONE HCL 103 100 37 47
SERTRALINE HCL 103 93 37 25
ROPINIROLE HCL 102 102 40 69
ATENOLOL 101 94 41 18
PREDNISONE 98 87 42 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 91 43 65
CEPHALEXIN 93 88 44 92
NEXIUM 93 87 44 14
VERAPAMIL ER 91 79 46 120
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 87 83 S3 47 144
PLAVIX 85 79 48 30
TRIMETHOPRIM 75 75 49 238
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 74 74 50 146
LEVETIRACETAM 72 37 51 106
LEVOFLOXACIN 70 63 52 66
TRAMADOL HCL 68 61 53 22
BUSPIRONE HCL 67 56 54 178
NITROFURANTOIN 64 61 55 278
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 63 58 56 135
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 54 57 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 53 58 54
FLUCONAZOLE 59 46 59 165
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 58 49 60 129
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 57 60 44
CARVEDILOL 57 50 62 23
SPIRIVA 54 47 63 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 50 64 45
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 50 27 65 103
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 40 65 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 Oct. 15, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.