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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,120Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 278

$1.38M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 278

661 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

2% of this provider’s 661 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 661 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 13,923 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% 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

33 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
LISINOPRIL 1,240 790 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 893 504 2 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 696 448 3 13
CRESTOR 633 366 4 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 630 422 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 591 344 6 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 495 324 7 9
FUROSEMIDE 468 322 8 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 421 321 9 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 350 233 10 10
ZETIA 337 254 11 59
GABAPENTIN 331 176 12 12
GLIPIZIDE 324 211 13 55
FENOFIBRATE 299 133 14 64
METFORMIN HCL 286 169 15 8
CLOPIDOGREL 286 216 15 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 283 154 17 11
NEXIUM 277 123 18 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 271 176 19 24
LOVAZA 249 87 20 102
INSULIN SYRINGE 237 170 21 72
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 230 163 22 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 230 157 S3 22 1
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 229 140 24 136
RANITIDINE HCL 217 92 25 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 215 158 26 16
TRICOR 212 132 27 87
CHLORTHALIDONE 202 117 28 191
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 189 87 29 123
TRAMADOL HCL 176 78 30 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 122 31 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 171 100 32 44
HYDRALAZINE HCL 168 98 33 91
PROAIR HFA 166 69 34 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 163 90 35 32
PLAVIX 163 122 35 30
FELODIPINE ER 162 118 37 112
LANTUS 155 106 38 56
DIOVAN 155 102 38 43
CARVEDILOL 151 133 40 23
KLOR-CON M20 143 82 41 42
TRAZODONE HCL 143 116 41 47
SYNTHROID 142 134 43 46
TOPIRAMATE 142 41 43 152
ADVAIR DISKUS 138 56 45 45
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 128 62 46 74
CLONIDINE HCL 128 43 46 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 122 81 48 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 121 49 29
CYMBALTA 117 65 50 41
KLOR-CON M10 114 101 51 90
ROPINIROLE HCL 114 89 51 69
MIRTAZAPINE 112 110 53 61
ETODOLAC 111 35 54 225
COMBIVENT 108 52 55 117
ALLOPURINOL 107 94 56 38
DIGOXIN 106 86 57 40
LEVETIRACETAM 104 30 58 106
CITALOPRAM HBR 92 57 59 21
FAMOTIDINE 92 44 59 116
LIPITOR 91 54 61 127
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 91 75 61 33
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 88 71 63 103
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 84 74 64 113
CEPHALEXIN 82 58 65 92
CEFDINIR 80 57 66 138
LYRICA 79 37 67 67
IBUPROFEN 77 33 68 89
WELCHOL 76 46 69 182
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 49 70 31
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 70 39 71 131
LEVOFLOXACIN 69 29 72 66
PREDNISONE 69 49 72 35
SPIRIVA 68 24 74 49
COLCRYS 66 27 75 208
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 44 R 75 73
TRILIPIX 65 37 77 196
ATENOLOL 63 51 78 18
NAMENDA 63 60 78 48
LACTULOSE 62 27 80 155
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 62 50 80 70
DEXILANT 62 26 80 84
NOVOLOG 61 22 83 122
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 39 83 108
VYTORIN 60 13 85 148
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 60 39 85 129
SINGULAIR 59 26 87 60
PAROXETINE HCL 59 33 87 57
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 49 89 62
ONGLYZA 52 44 90 161
PROPRANOLOL HCL 52 32 90 132
MELOXICAM 50 50 92 37
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 Nov. 10, 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.