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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,619Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 69 out of 670

$874K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 670

471 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

17% of this provider’s 471 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 471 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 8,232 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 702 463 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 634 322 S3 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 517 299 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 428 261 4 4
METFORMIN HCL 413 268 5 8
FUROSEMIDE 395 253 6 6
LISINOPRIL 395 283 6 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 309 188 8 16
OXYCODONE HCL 249 63 S2 9 72
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 227 140 10 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 226 125 11 23
GABAPENTIN 208 83 12 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 195 139 13 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 165 91 14 7
ATENOLOL 164 127 15 17
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 151 63 S2 16 71
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 144 57 R 17 61
PROAIR HFA 143 77 18 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 138 85 19 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 77 20 27
FLUOXETINE HCL 133 78 20 55
NEXIUM 128 77 22 14
TRAZODONE HCL 119 76 23 39
CYMBALTA 115 37 24 36
GEMFIBROZIL 113 68 25 123
KLOR-CON M20 111 66 26 57
MECLIZINE HCL 107 83 27 114
CLOPIDOGREL 104 76 28 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 102 66 29 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 50 30 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 101 84 30 74
FENTANYL 99 20 S2 32 76
TORSEMIDE 99 78 32 100
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 56 32 26
GLIPIZIDE 95 87 35 67
LYRICA 93 37 36 65
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 88 75 37 49
LOVASTATIN 88 52 37 44
TRAMADOL HCL 84 66 39 21
AZITHROMYCIN 82 30 40 35
CELEBREX 82 56 40 89
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 81 74 42 45
NAPROXEN 80 43 43 81
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 31 44 175
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 77 17 45 97
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 77 58 45 110
DEXILANT 76 0 47 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 75 26 48 79
LANSOPRAZOLE 75 35 48 86
JANUVIA 73 53 50 53
CLONIDINE HCL 73 31 50 62
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72 51 R 52 68
PROPRANOLOL HCL 71 64 53 130
GLIMEPIRIDE 68 16 54 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 67 60 55 19
SERTRALINE HCL 65 49 56 22
TIZANIDINE HCL 64 17 57 87
PAROXETINE HCL 63 40 58 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 62 28 59 20
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 61 12 60 98
SYNTHROID 61 41 60 47
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 60 62 73
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 48 63 145
IBUPROFEN 57 24 64 50
RANITIDINE HCL 55 21 65 25
TERAZOSIN HCL 55 50 65 137
TRICOR 55 0 65 83
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 55 23 65 150
ACTOS 54 22 69 105
BUPROPION HCL SR 54 0 69 178
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 36 69 93
PLAVIX 53 40 72 34
BUSPIRONE HCL 53 29 72 124
BACLOFEN 51 0 74 129
CARVEDILOL 51 30 74 29
OXYCONTIN 51 0 S2 74 183
MELOXICAM 50 38 77 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 Nov. 16, 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.