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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,366Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 27

$344K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 27

338 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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
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this specialty
in West Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 338 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 338 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 24%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,533 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
OMEPRAZOLE 278 163 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 212 172 2 3
LISINOPRIL 175 148 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 173 133 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 131 88 5 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 129 92 6 24
METFORMIN HCL 125 105 7 8
CRESTOR 120 79 8 12
TRAMADOL HCL 112 61 9 15
RANITIDINE HCL 111 76 10 16
ATENOLOL 107 93 11 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 73 12 14
NEXIUM 102 47 13 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 100 64 14 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97 82 15 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 96 76 16 17
FENOFIBRATE 95 65 17 41
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 94 67 18 97
SERTRALINE HCL 89 45 19 30
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 70 S3 20 1
GLIMEPIRIDE 84 63 21 43
WARFARIN SODIUM 83 58 22 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 79 62 23 9
MELOXICAM 68 34 24 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 12 25 22
CLOPIDOGREL 62 45 26 20
TRAZODONE HCL 59 27 27 32
CLONIDINE HCL 56 39 28 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 38 29 75
CARVEDILOL 53 23 30 27
PROAIR HFA 52 30 31 19
PLAVIX 50 39 32 33
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 Feb. 2, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.