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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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41,682Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 291

$2.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 291

846 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68% Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in West Virginia
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 846 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

44% of this provider’s 846 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in West Virginia
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,301 1,457 353 S3 1 1
ALPRAZOLAM 1,626 1,112 242 B 2 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,598 1,047 234 3 16
CLOPIDOGREL 1,564 1,193 207 4 11
LISINOPRIL 1,541 1,009 223 5 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 1,134 766 165 6 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,103 742 135 7 2
FUROSEMIDE 1,093 812 175 8 6
METFORMIN HCL 1,065 597 164 9 9
OMEPRAZOLE 868 633 126 10 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 868 658 127 10 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 855 599 147 12 17
SIMVASTATIN 804 682 111 13 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 773 583 107 14 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 708 506 108 15 10
CRESTOR 646 469 101 16 23
NEXIUM 608 457 90 17 20
GABAPENTIN 603 364 92 18 12
DIAZEPAM 479 314 69 B 19 55
CARVEDILOL 439 328 69 20 25
TORSEMIDE 436 335 70 21 109
WARFARIN SODIUM 399 322 66 22 15
ALLOPURINOL 398 320 56 23 41
SERTRALINE HCL 351 219 49 24 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 349 247 52 25 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 338 275 53 26 30
IBUPROFEN 328 182 65 27 90
KLOR-CON 10 319 223 56 28 154
DIOVAN 311 240 44 29 47
LORAZEPAM 306 231 49 B 30 22
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 294 255 39 31 39
PROAIR HFA 287 148 64 32 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 265 182 50 33 68
INSULIN SYRINGE* 265 171 65 33 134
DONEPEZIL HCL 262 262 37 35 34
ATENOLOL 251 160 36 36 19
CLONIDINE HCL 244 206 42 37 53
GEMFIBROZIL 237 122 35 38 136
INSULIN SYRINGE* 236 173 57 39 134
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 236 147 37 39 18
LANSOPRAZOLE 235 124 41 41 112
DEXILANT 230 122 35 42 78
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 226 139 30 43 29
FENOFIBRATE* 222 179 25 44 60
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 220 160 34 45 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 219 138 34 46 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 125 30 47 35
MELOXICAM 209 151 35 48 38
LANTUS 201 162 42 49 67
CYMBALTA 201 122 28 49 40
RAMIPRIL 200 156 24 51 94
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 200 176 36 51 21
LOVASTATIN 200 140 25 51 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 192 135 30 54 28
KLOR-CON M10 190 134 39 55 95
PAROXETINE HCL 189 120 27 56 65
RANITIDINE HCL 182 97 32 57 33
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 177 120 34 58 212
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 176 104 51 59 106
GLIPIZIDE 172 128 25 60 59
CEFDINIR 167 122 138 61 103
NITROSTAT 161 133 45 62 152
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 157 125 31 63 69
JANUVIA 154 130 23 64 57
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 154 128 24 64 64
NAPROXEN 152 94 33 66 121
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 152 107 32 66 251
PROMETHAZINE HCL 149 81 31 R 68 120
NAMENDA 148 143* 21 69 43
CEPHALEXIN 147 83 104 70 97
SUCRALFATE 145 104 26 71 128
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 142 110 16 R 72 85
AZITHROMYCIN 141 92 102 73 54
LYRICA 139 117 18 74 72
NIASPAN 136 96 19 75 155
SPIRIVA 136 82 24 75 56
ZETIA 134 87 17 77 58
FAMOTIDINE* 133 98 24 78 124
HYDRALAZINE HCL 133 128* 23 78 86
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 128 65 28 80 129
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 102 21 81 52
BENICAR 120 109 19 82 111
DIGOXIN 119 80 18 83 143
KLOR-CON M20 117 71 20 84 45
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 114 56 28 85 83
CITALOPRAM HBR 111 92 18 86 27
SYNTHROID 104 68 19 87 49
TEMAZEPAM 99 67 22 B 88 88
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 99 75 11 88 89
CLONAZEPAM 96 70 16 B 90 37
CELEBREX 93 82 17 91 79
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 92 87* 14 92 122
NOVOLOG 90 72 23 93 132
ROPINIROLE HCL 89 51 16 94 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 88 63 19 95 51
PREDNISONE 85 66 60 96 42
LIDOCAINE 84 59 30 97 283
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 41 12 98 98
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 82 65 25 98 82
MECLIZINE HCL 80 52 16 100 108
DIGOX 78 78 13 101 77
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 75 29 11 S3 102 172
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 74 <11 <11 103 233
AMIODARONE HCL 73 59 13 104 192
PRADAXA 71 55 13 105 160
PROPAFENONE HCL 70 <11 <11 106 210
WELCHOL 66 40 13 107 200
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 61* 55 107 73
CILOSTAZOL 66 <11 <11 107 222
FLUOCINONIDE 63 41 38 110 265
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 40 11 111 113
TIZANIDINE HCL 61 <11 <11 112 114
TRAZODONE HCL 61 <11 <11 112 48
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 21 13 R 114 84
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 <11 <11 115 74
DOXEPIN HCL 58 <11 <11 116 257
NASONEX 58 42 15 116 202
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 <11 <11 118 125
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 57 <11 <11 118 80
LOVAZA 57 42 11 118 110
AVODART 57 52* 12 118 163
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 39 51 122 71
RANEXA 56 <11 <11 122 194
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 55 <11 <11 124 287
VYTORIN 54 <11 <11 125 193
PRIMIDONE 54 <11 <11 125 304
IRBESARTAN 54 <11 <11 125 175
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 <11 <11 128 135
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 <11 <11 128 171
QUINAPRIL HCL 52 <11 <11 128 115
SYMBICORT 50 <11 <11 131 96
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 Jan. 14, 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.