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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,652Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 29

$846K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 29

434 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76% Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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 434 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 434 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 23%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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 754 570 99 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 568 497 89 2 8
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 512 343 26 3 42
LISINOPRIL 501 327 77 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 500 228 67 S3 5 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 499 379 64 6 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 416 301 63 7 14
METFORMIN HCL 319 229 47 8 9
GABAPENTIN 286 198 54 9 4
LORAZEPAM 286 219 39 B 9 23
SIMVASTATIN 273 181 47 11 7
OMEPRAZOLE 267 189 50 12 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 254 184 39 13 10
ALPRAZOLAM 241 188 52 B 14 5
CLOPIDOGREL 213 135 28 15 11
CRESTOR 202 159 24 16 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 130 26 17 18
ALLOPURINOL 176 127 22 18 45
TRAMADOL HCL 167 118 36 19 17
ATENOLOL 166 129 25 20 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 150 86 30 21 15
NEXIUM 144 89 24 22 12
NAMENDA 144 144 14 22 80
RANITIDINE HCL 143 68 23 24 20
MELOXICAM 140 135* 27 25 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 122 117* 18 26 35
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 116 69 30 S3 27 75
MIRTAZAPINE 111 89 23 28 93
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 111 97 19 28 39
CEPHALEXIN 110 88 70 30 72
SYNTHROID 110 105* 23 30 94
DONEPEZIL HCL 105 105 15 32 63
FLUOXETINE HCL 105 48 19 32 69
GLYBURIDE 104 78 20 R 34 97
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 102 72 14 35 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 101 74 15 A 36 101
PROAIR HFA 100 81 24 37 22
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 94 <11 <11 S2 38 102
JANUVIA 94 89* 15 38 43
LANTUS 93 66 14 40 103
LEVOFLOXACIN 93 75 44 40 65
PREDNISONE 89 84* 32 42 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 88 48 16 43 21
SERTRALINE HCL 86 66 14 44 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 85 <11 <11 45 76
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 84 66 13 46 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 84 17 46 52
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 83 78* 17 48 13
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 79 60 12 49 81
GEMFIBROZIL 76 46 11 50 85
CYMBALTA 75 <11 <11 51 37
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 73 <11 <11 R 52 81
DEXILANT 73 36 11 52 31
DIGOX 72 67* 13 54 86
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 71 49 37 55 87
DIOVAN 70 <11 <11 56 46
DIAZEPAM 68 31 12 B 57 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 46 13 58 25
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 60* 41 58 61
AZITHROMYCIN 62 57* 46 60 54
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 61 34 11 61 118
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 <11 <11 62 59
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 59 <11 <11 63 121
AMOXICILLIN 58 38 46 64 38
TRAZODONE HCL 52 <11 <11 65 40
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 <11 <11 S2 65 130
CARVEDILOL 52 <11 <11 65 36
PREMARIN 51 <11 <11 R 68 99
FENOFIBRATE* 51 <11 <11 68 30
IBUPROFEN 50 24 12 70 32
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.