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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,173Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 71

$671K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 71

599 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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 Average for
this specialty
in North Carolina
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 599 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,238 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 30.


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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.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in North Carolina
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 772 642 1 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 634 511 2 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 610 532 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 594 515 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 529 448 5 5
METFORMIN HCL 511 362 6 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 509 403 7 2
FUROSEMIDE 503 431 8 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 373 283 9 11
LISINOPRIL 334 304 10 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 295 270 11 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 294 259 12 16
FELODIPINE ER 293 260 13 148
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 270 220 14 71
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 234 197 15 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 229 194 16 39
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 210 172 17 90
WARFARIN SODIUM 206 183 18 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 202 180 19 20
AZITHROMYCIN 197 161 20 53
ATENOLOL 180 172 21 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 180 165 21 110
GLIPIZIDE 168 148 23 70
CLOPIDOGREL 150 148 24 32
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 144 121 25 52
CARVEDILOL 143 124 26 25
MELOXICAM 138 103 27 79
SYMBICORT 136 95 28 188
SPIRIVA 135 102 29 62
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN 134 119 30 232
TRAMADOL HCL 130 84 31 22
ALLOPURINOL 128 114 32 41
HYDRALAZINE HCL 125 111 33 55
PROAIR HFA 124 95 34 108
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 116 109 35 40
FENOFIBRATE 113 94 36 113
PLAVIX 113 110 36 57
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 93 38 86
KLOR-CON M10 106 99 39 88
SYNTHROID 100 100 40 68
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 100 86 S3 40 9
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 98 75 42 258
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 74 42 47
GABAPENTIN 97 83 44 13
RAMIPRIL 93 93 45 105
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 89 39 46 122
DIGOXIN 86 86 47 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 81 48 35
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 61 49 265
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 83 48 50 83
COMBIVENT 82 63 51 159
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 81 81 52 44
LANTUS 80 60 53 29
CEPHALEXIN 79 58 54 87
EVISTA 72 60 55 190
FAMOTIDINE 72 50 55 78
GLIMEPIRIDE 69 59 57 74
CLONIDINE HCL 65 53 58 48
PEN NEEDLE 65 42 58 200
RANITIDINE HCL 62 0 60 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 36 61 58
JANUVIA 60 58 61 98
NEXIUM 60 27 61 42
SINGULAIR 58 35 64 130
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 39 65 119
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 48 65 298
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 56 40 67 302
DIOVAN HCT 56 50 67 118
HUMALOG 55 33 69 116
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 45 69 89
LEVOXYL 54 46 71 203
VERAPAMIL ER 53 43 72 230
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 53 46 72 93
PREDNISONE 52 33 74 36
BUSPIRONE HCL 51 50 75 129
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 40 76 72
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths 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.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 Dec. 1, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.