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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,613Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 307

$794K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 307

405 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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
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this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 405 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 405 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 12,734 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $88 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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
WARFARIN SODIUM 709 685 1 14
OMEPRAZOLE 574 511 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 512 453 3 7
FUROSEMIDE 496 474 4 4
LISINOPRIL 370 327 5 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 361 288 S3 6 2
SIMVASTATIN 346 307 7 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 342 307 8 3
NAMENDA 340 328 9 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 331 290 10 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 323 310 11 37
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 300 265 12 9
METFORMIN HCL 233 193 13 15
CARVEDILOL 227 222 14 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 223 211 15 13
AZITHROMYCIN 201 153 16 71
GABAPENTIN 195 159 17 8
TRAMADOL HCL 181 154 18 16
GLIPIZIDE 169 136 19 116
MIRTAZAPINE 168 166 20 57
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 156 139 21 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 150 112 22 17
LANTUS 144 134 23 85
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 143 123 24 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 123 25 18
CLOPIDOGREL 132 112 25 27
MELOXICAM 121 107 27 45
CITALOPRAM HBR 119 112 28 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 115 95 29 36
DIOVAN 113 96 30 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 113 101 30 75
NOVOLIN R 106 105 32 168
ALLOPURINOL 103 88 33 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 102 90 34 20
KLOR-CON M10 92 81 35 187
NEXIUM 90 55 36 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 85 83 37 55
PLAVIX 84 75 38 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 72 39 10
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 77 75 40 235
SERTRALINE HCL 77 57 40 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 63 42 60
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 76 73 42 353
CEPHALEXIN 73 62 44 46
METRONIDAZOLE 71 64 45 190
LEVETIRACETAM 69 52 46 83
PREDNISONE 64 51 47 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 59 48 90
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 62 45 R 49 48
NOVOLOG 62 57 49 177
LACTULOSE 61 58 51 88
PROAIR HFA 60 40 52 64
CRESTOR 59 56 53 30
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 58 51 54 218
FAMOTIDINE 58 54 54 128
ATENOLOL 58 49 54 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 53 57 31
JANUVIA 55 47 57 151
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 55 48 57 152
SINGULAIR 54 44 60 70
AVELOX 53 39 61 399
NYSTATIN 53 50 61 288
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 52 40 63 49
KLOR-CON M20 52 52 63 98
ZETIA 52 39 63 110
FLUCONAZOLE 52 33 63 278
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 52 50 63 91
RISPERIDONE 51 43 68 33
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 46 69 140
PEN NEEDLE 50 21 69 271
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. 25, 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.