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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,541Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 62 out of 291

$901K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 49 out of 291

602 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

7% of this provider’s 602 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 602 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 630 544 138 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 351 296 85 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 347 319 72 3 6
LISINOPRIL 325 250 72 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 304 160 75 S3 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 286 257 68 6 10
OMEPRAZOLE 261 238 71 7 4
SERTRALINE HCL 243 199 56 8 26
METFORMIN HCL 230 193 58 9 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 217 202 62 10 8
CLOPIDOGREL 198 172 48 11 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 195 176 42 12 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 185 164 48 13 7
NEXIUM 173 114 43 14 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 168 163* 34 15 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 168 148 43 15 18
CRESTOR 163 141 39 17 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 152 124 41 18 32
ALPRAZOLAM 152 124 37 B 18 14
MELOXICAM 147 121 43 20 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 147 134 35 20 13
TRAMADOL HCL 143 104 34 22 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 127* 30 23 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 125 107 32 24 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 123 118* 29 25 15
GABAPENTIN 120 85 31 26 12
DIAZEPAM 118 82 21 B 27 55
CLONIDINE HCL 117 104 29 28 53
RANITIDINE HCL 113 98 23 29 33
NAMENDA 111 106* 15 30 43
AZITHROMYCIN 109 87 84 31 54
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 102* 27 32 98
DONEPEZIL HCL 105 105 17 33 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 104 74 25 34 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 94 76 25 35 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 90 73 22 36 16
LYRICA 84 48 18 37 72
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 79 46 19 38 29
ATENOLOL 76 71* 17 39 19
RAMIPRIL 73 68* 14 40 94
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 72 67* 18 41 44
BUSPIRONE HCL 69 64* 14 42 123
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 53 14 42 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 69 69 15 42 21
CARVEDILOL 67 62* 20 45 25
HYDRALAZINE HCL 67 67 15 45 86
LORAZEPAM 65 60* 16 B 47 22
SUCRALFATE 65 60* 19 47 128
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 64 49 12 S2 49 70
JANUVIA 59 37 18 50 57
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 55 <11 <11 51 131
MEGESTROL ACETATE 55 55 12 R 51 216
ALLOPURINOL 55 50* 15 51 41
DIOVAN 55 <11 <11 51 47
CYMBALTA 54 37 12 55 40
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 49* 34 55 104
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 36 18 57 83
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 41 40 58 73
MECLIZINE HCL 50 45* 18 59 108
FLUCONAZOLE 50 31 22 59 145
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 June 30, 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.