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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,319Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 34

$807K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 34

420 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 3,883 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 48%.

Prescription Price

$128 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $139 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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
METFORMIN HCL 810 520 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 392 258 2 1
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 310 167 3 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 207 157 4 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 201 133 5 15
LISINOPRIL 196 133 6 13
PEN NEEDLE 184 101 7 4
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 175 96 8 5
LANTUS 172 87 9 7
INSULIN SYRINGE 165 99 10 9
HUMALOG 163 63 11 16
LEVEMIR 143 69 12 38
FUROSEMIDE 119 80 13 20
NOVOLOG 110 48 14 12
ONGLYZA 102 53 15 53
HUMULIN N 101 75 16 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 82 17 36
ACTOS 77 66 18 21
NEXIUM 75 68 19 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 74 44 20 27
CRESTOR 73 27 21 14
NOVOLIN N 72 43 22 35
NOVOFINE 32 72 38 22 39
SIMVASTATIN 70 46 24 8
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 61 15 25 10
METHIMAZOLE 55 48 26 30
SYNTHROID 52 34 27 2
ATENOLOL 52 39 27 43
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 51 37 29 41
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 30 29 73
EXFORGE 50 17 31 116
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 Aug. 11, 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.