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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,996Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 278

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 278

308 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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

10% of this provider’s 308 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

39% of this provider’s 308 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 23,729 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

84 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,802 2,623 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,160 1,044 2 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 998 921 3 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 876 832 4 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 737 713 5 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 577 565 6 29
OMEPRAZOLE 552 502 7 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 518 507 8 9
GABAPENTIN 464 434 9 12
LISINOPRIL 461 434 10 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 355 345 11 7
SIMVASTATIN 355 341 11 4
CARVEDILOL 308 271 13 23
NAMENDA 295 289 14 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 278 269 15 63
RANITIDINE HCL 274 258 16 27
KLOR-CON M20 271 219 17 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 260 238 18 21
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 259 250 19 228
MIRTAZAPINE 228 228 20 61
CLOPIDOGREL 228 213 20 20
FAMOTIDINE 224 210 22 116
KETOCONAZOLE 214 190 23 185
LACTULOSE 214 198 23 155
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 207 197 25 36
RISPERIDONE 201 183 26 79
SERTRALINE HCL 198 171 27 25
LEVOFLOXACIN 197 177 28 66
SPIRONOLACTONE 185 172 29 62
LEVETIRACETAM 185 76 29 106
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 179 168 31 33
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 173 138 32 74
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 169 136 33 80
DIGOXIN 161 147 34 40
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 156 130 35 199
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 155 155 36 113
GLIPIZIDE 145 145 37 55
METOLAZONE 144 144 38 184
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 143 136 39 141
PLAVIX 141 131 40 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 139 132 41 32
OLANZAPINE 139 125 41 142
DILANTIN 133 82 43 263
JANUVIA 129 99 44 53
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 128 128 45 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 128 82 45 26
TRAMADOL HCL 128 122 45 22
NEXIUM 125 115 48 14
ATENOLOL 120 115 49 18
ROPINIROLE HCL 116 116 50 69
BACLOFEN 114 83 51 172
ADVAIR DISKUS 113 96 52 45
GLIMEPIRIDE 109 93 53 28
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 109 96 53 98
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 108 102 55 225
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 106 90 56 145
CYMBALTA 105 105 57 41
DIOVAN 104 104 58 43
IBUPROFEN 101 67 59 89
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 101 70 59 130
LANTUS 100 94 61 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 99 99 62 95
CRESTOR 98 98 63 19
SINGULAIR 97 85 64 60
METFORMIN HCL 96 90 65 8
TRAZODONE HCL 93 75 66 47
NAPROXEN 93 93 66 115
LYRICA 89 74 68 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 88 88 69 205
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 88 69 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 86 74 71 24
RESTASIS 85 85 72 297
ALLOPURINOL 84 84 73 38
MUPIROCIN 83 75 74 219
PAROXETINE HCL 82 68 75 57
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 79 73 76 300
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 79 75 76 70
LEXAPRO 79 76 76 203
HYDROXYZINE HCL 78 78 R 79 230
NOVOLIN N 78 74 79 263
PREDNISONE 74 74 81 35
KLOR-CON M10 72 72 82 90
LAMOTRIGINE 71 65 83 175
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 69 56 84 125
HUMULIN N 69 69 84 275
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 67 61 86 103
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 67 86 51
TAMIFLU 66 61 88 216
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 62 89 146
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 64 63 89 193
ELIXOPHYLLIN 63 63 10 91 312
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 62 49 92 317
CIMETIDINE 62 62 92 317
EXELON 60 60 94 140
CILOSTAZOL 58 58 95 200
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 39 95 68
GLIPIZIDE ER 56 44 97 136
HUMALOG 55 55 98 173
MEGESTROL ACETATE 54 51 R 99 198
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 42 99 16
CEPHALEXIN 54 51 99 92
SPIRIVA 54 54 99 49
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 53 50 103 96
VESICARE 53 53 103 234
AVODART 53 53 103 174
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 53 103 44
CLONIDINE 53 44 103 269
SEROQUEL 52 42 108 186
DIOVAN HCT 51 51 109 110
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 45 R 109 106
LANOXIN 51 51 109 291
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 50 112 133
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 June 24, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.