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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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53,567Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 278

$3.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 278

1,124 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
47%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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 1,124 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 1,124 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 26,986 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% 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

48 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 3,594 1,396 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,668 891 2 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,651 1,285 3 11
SIMVASTATIN 1,376 786 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 1,297 776 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 1,277 638 6 3
GABAPENTIN 1,170 446 7 12
CRESTOR 1,055 489 8 19
MELOXICAM 880 311 9 37
CLOPIDOGREL 875 580 10 20
NEXIUM 844 313 11 14
METFORMIN HCL 821 388 12 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 801 459 13 7
TRAMADOL HCL 740 336 14 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 635 418 15 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 607 330 16 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 585 187 17 45
PLAVIX 583 438 18 30
CLONIDINE HCL 568 299 19 50
LISINOPRIL 523 267 20 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 501 255 21 17
LYRICA 492 145 22 67
GLIPIZIDE 462 237 23 55
DEXILANT 460 154 24 84
DIOVAN 456 157 25 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 438 218 26 36
KLOR-CON M20 410 232 27 42
ROPINIROLE HCL 408 198 28 69
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 404 192 29 136
TOPIRAMATE 402 98 30 152
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 401 180 31 10
SYMBICORT 394 99 32 109
DONEPEZIL HCL 373 333 33 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 372 255 34 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 369 138 35 44
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 353 150 36 103
RANITIDINE HCL 347 174 37 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 346 225 38 13
CYMBALTA 346 176 38 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 340 235 40 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 337 204 41 16
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 328 175 42 70
LANTUS 318 192 43 56
TRAZODONE HCL 316 138 44 47
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 314 154 45 15
LEVETIRACETAM 312 110 46 106
SPIRIVA 292 73 47 49
MIRTAZAPINE 287 241 48 61
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 287 113 48 74
METHOCARBAMOL 283 28 R 50 180
CARVEDILOL 282 176 51 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 272 197 52 26
PREDNISONE 269 148 53 35
PROAIR HFA 268 90 54 34
CLOZAPINE 264 43 55 194
RISPERIDONE 264 133 55 79
SINGULAIR 256 140 57 60
SERTRALINE HCL 246 116 58 25
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 242 44 R 59 78
ONGLYZA 236 131 60 161
HYDRALAZINE HCL 234 145 61 91
ALLOPURINOL 232 161 62 38
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 227 76 R 63 189
DIGOXIN 224 192 64 40
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 223 95 65 135
TRICOR 221 82 66 87
INSULIN SYRINGE 219 119 67 72
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 205 85 68 145
NAMENDA 204 189 69 48
AZITHROMYCIN 203 70 70 39
ATENOLOL 185 110 71 18
COMBIVENT 173 20 72 117
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 173 91 72 250
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 168 116 74 33
NITROSTAT 167 68 75 156
PROMETHAZINE HCL 167 70 R 75 106
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 165 95 77 51
SUCRALFATE 164 51 78 149
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 162 55 79 80
BENICAR 157 82 80 134
DIOVAN HCT 157 78 80 110
LEVOFLOXACIN 155 97 82 66
ABILIFY 152 68 83 220
NIASPAN 152 57 83 119
JANUVIA 151 105 85 53
ZETIA 150 58 86 59
VITAMIN D2 149 94 87 168
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 146 71 88 96
LABETALOL HCL 141 87 89 176
AVODART 141 120 89 174
BYSTOLIC 141 90 89 114
CALCITRIOL 139 127 92 243
AMOXICILLIN 139 45 92 100
LANSOPRAZOLE 137 90 94 93
FLUOXETINE HCL 135 25 95 68
GEMFIBROZIL 133 51 96 118
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 130 93 97 130
EXFORGE 125 60 98 187
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 122 43 99 199
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 122 94 99 98
VESICARE 121 61 101 234
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 120 55 102 95
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 119 96 103 131
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 119 36 103 277
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 118 29 105 231
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 116 51 106 63
SPIRONOLACTONE 115 55 107 62
CARBAMAZEPINE 114 32 108 251
CELEBREX 114 61 108 85
EXELON 110 96 110 140
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 108 75 111 77
PAROXETINE HCL 108 95 111 57
ACTOS 106 70 113 101
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 105 57 114 206
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 105 64 114 125
LAMOTRIGINE 104 28 116 175
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 104 66 116 98
DALIRESP 103 31 118 289
VERAPAMIL ER 102 47 119 120
DULERA 99 20 120 292
OLANZAPINE 97 14 121 142
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 96 78 122 113
FENOFIBRATE 96 33 122 64
RAMIPRIL 94 52 124 81
PROPRANOLOL HCL 94 30 124 132
COLCRYS 92 35 126 208
PREMARIN 91 49 R 127 192
BUPROPION HCL SR 91 46 127 171
NIFEDICAL XL 89 61 129 257
IBUPROFEN 87 24 130 89
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 85 24 S2 131 83
NIFEDIPINE ER 85 69 131 139
CARISOPRODOL 85 12 R 131 158
KLOR-CON M10 85 49 131 90
VENTOLIN HFA 84 19 135 190
PEN NEEDLE 83 57 136 105
NOVOLIN R 83 57 136 247
GLIPIZIDE ER 83 83 136 136
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 82 31 R 139 73
AMITIZA 80 41 140 248
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 20 S2 140 71
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 79 44 142 209
FINASTERIDE 79 79 142 104
TERAZOSIN HCL 78 69 144 151
JANUMET 77 25 145 170
CLONIDINE 74 47 146 269
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE 73 0 147 302
METOLAZONE 73 58 147 184
LIDODERM 72 30 149 215
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 49 149 31
SEROQUEL 72 28 149 186
FAMOTIDINE 70 35 152 116
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 69 12 153 58
HUMULIN R 68 50 154 306
GLYBURIDE 66 46 R 155 88
SYNTHROID 66 53 155 46
TIZANIDINE HCL 65 0 157 143
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65 0 157 133
GEODON 65 21 157 275
BACLOFEN 64 14 160 172
MECLIZINE HCL 64 44 160 111
GENERLAC 63 45 162 280
LITHIUM CARBONATE 61 0 163 320
EVISTA 61 43 163 166
CEPHALEXIN 61 37 163 92
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 61 33 163 121
LACTULOSE 60 44 167 155
OXYCODONE HCL 60 60 S2 167 75
EFFIENT 60 22 167 322
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 32 170 65
LIPITOR 59 18 170 127
DETROL LA 59 38 170 326
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 58 37 173 328
HYDROXYZINE HCL 58 37 R 173 230
BENICAR HCT 58 19 173 179
DICYCLOMINE HCL 58 19 173 241
AZOR 58 17 173 249
PENTOXIFYLLINE 58 31 173 328
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 34 179 54
CLONAZEPAM 56 38 180 235
COUMADIN 55 42 181 217
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 55 50 181 193
MEGESTROL ACETATE 54 49 R 183 198
FLUCONAZOLE 54 19 183 165
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54 26 183 146
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 53 0 186 343
OXCARBAZEPINE 52 0 187 245
RISPERDAL CONSTA 52 0 187 287
METFORMIN HCL ER 51 32 189 76
LEXAPRO 50 26 190 203
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 9, 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.