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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,796Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 727 out of 2170

$370K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 757 out of 2170

590 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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

4% of this provider’s 590 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 590 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,467 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 370 331 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 344 284 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 295 205 3 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 194 155 4 21
METFORMIN HCL 192 188 5 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 168 143 6 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 146 99 S3 7 7
FUROSEMIDE 138 114 8 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 122 9 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 127 109 10 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 122 96 11 19
JANUVIA 98 82 12 80
GABAPENTIN 94 60 13 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 93 93 14 32
NEXIUM 92 68 15 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91 84 16 13
SYNTHROID 89 73 17 27
LISINOPRIL 87 70 18 3
MELOXICAM 83 61 19 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 79 64 20 75
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 65 21 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 54 22 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 71 23 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 65 24 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 74 70 25 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 69 59 26 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 42 27 30
FENOFIBRATE 66 64 28 57
ZETIA 66 50 28 78
AZITHROMYCIN 66 49 28 47
ATENOLOL 64 48 31 23
RAMIPRIL 60 60 32 77
ALLOPURINOL 58 58 33 29
VERAPAMIL ER 50 38 34 94
CRESTOR 50 43 34 24
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 July 9, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.