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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,772Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 215 out of 686

$416K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 279 out of 686

381 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

4% of this provider’s 381 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 381 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 22%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 548 502 75 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 530 454 80 2 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 371 316 60 3 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 310 264 65 4 12
OMEPRAZOLE 290 194 50 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 274 230 46 6 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 268 263* 49 7 57
LISINOPRIL 258 232 39 8 3
SERTRALINE HCL 231 179 30 9 23
ATENOLOL 229 218 35 10 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 203 191 27 11 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 176 165 29 12 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 154 149* 15 13 16
ZETIA 150 139 27 14 59
ALPRAZOLAM 134 111 30 B 15 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 117 112* 19 16 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 108 103* 21 S3 17 1
RAMIPRIL 104 79 11 18 107
FELODIPINE ER 97 97 16 19 155
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 91 67 12 20 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 89 84* 18 21 20
METFORMIN HCL 89 67 18 21 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 88 88 13 23 39
TRAMADOL HCL 87 70 21 24 21
SYNTHROID 85 80* 17 25 48
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84 79* 14 26 26
DIOVAN 82 <11 <11 27 56
NAMENDA 78 <11 <11 28 43
FLUOXETINE HCL 76 <11 <11 29 58
NEXIUM 70 <11 <11 30 19
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 63* 56 31 69
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 66 <11 <11 32 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 <11 <11 33 46
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 <11 <11 34 77
CLOPIDOGREL 55 40 11 34 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 <11 <11 36 47
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 Oct. 18, 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.