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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,796Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 278

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 278

605 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

13% of this provider’s 605 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 605 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 16,175 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 26%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 1,367 1,170 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 648 611 2 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 601 565 3 11
FUROSEMIDE 514 491 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 500 430 5 3
SIMVASTATIN 479 415 6 4
LISINOPRIL 412 372 7 5
GABAPENTIN 367 333 8 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 351 334 9 9
NAMENDA 344 314 10 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 321 294 11 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 270 235 12 29
METFORMIN HCL 249 200 13 8
SERTRALINE HCL 241 213 14 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 237 220 15 28
FENTANYL 231 198 S2 16 82
CITALOPRAM HBR 220 209 17 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 219 196 18 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 202 187 19 80
EXELON 198 185 20 140
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 196 153 21 141
NEXIUM 186 159 22 14
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 183 170 S2 23 71
CYMBALTA 176 162 24 41
CARVEDILOL 168 149 25 23
CLOPIDOGREL 164 151 26 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 164 135 26 36
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 159 122 28 26
TRAMADOL HCL 156 117 29 22
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 136 125 30 33
CRESTOR 135 116 31 19
MIRTAZAPINE 129 127 32 61
ATENOLOL 118 106 33 18
RANITIDINE HCL 118 114 33 27
KLOR-CON M20 115 106 35 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 114 99 36 13
RISPERIDONE 110 95 37 79
LANTUS 107 105 38 56
PLAVIX 104 94 39 30
TRAZODONE HCL 103 93 40 47
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 93 41 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 101 89 41 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 95 95 43 24
DIGOXIN 90 78 44 40
SPIRIVA 89 69 45 49
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 88 88 46 51
PREDNISONE 87 81 47 35
HUMALOG 84 83 48 173
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 71 49 45
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 83 61 49 197
LEVOFLOXACIN 83 76 49 66
LYRICA 81 66 52 67
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 79 68 53 63
DIOVAN 76 65 54 43
PROMETHAZINE HCL 74 46 R 55 106
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 74 26 S2 55 83
CLONIDINE HCL 74 72 55 50
ONDANSETRON HCL 74 74 55 269
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 50 59 130
CEFUROXIME 72 60 60 86
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 62 60 44
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 70 69 S2 62 150
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 60 63 98
LEVETIRACETAM 65 36 64 106
ALLOPURINOL 64 64 65 38
ZETIA 64 55 65 59
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 62 67 68
LIDOCAINE HCL 63 58 67 312
PAROXETINE HCL 60 35 69 57
SEROQUEL 57 49 70 186
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55 53 71 16
OXYCODONE HCL 55 26 S2 71 75
LOVAZA 55 48 71 102
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 54 45 74 103
CARAFATE 54 41 74 342
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 48 76 58
XOPENEX 53 53 76 343
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 49 78 65
LIDODERM 52 52 78 215
TAMSULOSIN HCL 51 45 80 32
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 49 80 126
ACTOS 50 36 82 101
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. 3, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.