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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,383Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 237 out of 671 providers in this state and specialty

$396K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 310 out of 671 providers in this state and specialty

396 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older

33% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in West Virginia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

27% of this provider’s 396 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 31%.

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Opioids

13% of this provider’s 396 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 21%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$436K

2014

$410K

2015

$396K

2016

Number of Claims

9,310

2014

8,849

2015

8,383

2016

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

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 Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 471

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

437

prescriptions.

67

patients, 17% of all patients

1 1
SIMVASTATIN 449

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

395

prescriptions.

79

patients, 20% of all patients

2 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 401

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

351

prescriptions.

64

patients, 16% of all patients

3 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 340

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

71

patients, 18% of all patients

4 14
OMEPRAZOLE 324

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

69

patients, 17% of all patients

5 3
SERTRALINE HCL 240

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

6 22
FUROSEMIDE 239

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

42

patients, 11% of all patients

7 6
LISINOPRIL 238

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

42

patients, 11% of all patients

8 2
ATENOLOL 227

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

39

patients, 10% of all patients

9 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 218

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

38

patients, 10% of all patients

10 7
ALPRAZOLAM 214

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

11 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

12 16
ZETIA 164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

13 59
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

14 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

15 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

16 60
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

O 17 4
TRAMADOL HCL 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

30

patients, 8% of all patients

O 17 19
METFORMIN HCL 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

19 10
MIRTAZAPINE 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

<11 20 49
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

21 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

22 11
CLOPIDOGREL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

23 17
SYNTHROID 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

23 54
RAMIPRIL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

23 138
FELODIPINE ER 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

26 213
WARFARIN SODIUM 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

<11 27 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

<11 28 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

29 43
VERAPAMIL ER 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 30 142
RALOXIFENE HCL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 31 186
CARVEDILOL 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

32 32
BYSTOLIC 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 33 158
GABAPENTIN 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

34 8
QUINAPRIL HCL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 35 152
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. The data for 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than 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 there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.