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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,026Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 31

$1.35M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 31

447 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

31% of this provider’s 447 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 447 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,131 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 28.


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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
LISINOPRIL 866 669 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 674 506 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 613 524 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 536 447 4 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 528 387 5 10
FUROSEMIDE 513 414 6 1
SIMVASTATIN 498 395 7 6
OXYCODONE HCL 459 354 S2 8 57
WARFARIN SODIUM 439 303 9 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 405 328 10 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 398 322 11 12
METFORMIN HCL 377 247 12 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 357 305 13 9
MIRTAZAPINE 307 281 14 13
RISPERIDONE 289 164 15 26
GABAPENTIN 275 182 16 14
NAMENDA 247 234 17 16
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 245 186 18 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 210 167 19 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 210 156 S3 19 11
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 209 179 21 74
GLIPIZIDE 202 135 22 60
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 200 161 23 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 195 119 24 22
LANTUS 189 99 25 21
HUMALOG 189 111 25 85
TAMSULOSIN HCL 189 137 25 26
PROMETHAZINE HCL 185 74 R 28 65
CARVEDILOL 185 147 28 29
NOVOLOG 170 109 30 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 168 116 31 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 160 101 32 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 104 33 17
SERTRALINE HCL 153 123 34 15
QVAR 148 99 35 151
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 142 115 36 68
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 142 61 R 36 97
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 139 134 38 39
CLOPIDOGREL 134 113 39 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 133 96 40 18
TRAZODONE HCL 132 85 41 32
IBUPROFEN 127 88 42 89
HALOPERIDOL 127 92 42 80
DIOVAN 126 87 44 63
FENTANYL 124 106 S2 45 54
PREDNISONE 123 100 46 40
OLANZAPINE 120 92 47 70
NOVOLIN 70-30 119 83 48 171
PERMETHRIN 119 109 48 171
CYMBALTA 118 80 50 47
PLAVIX 114 104 51 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 113 73 52 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 111 42 53 36
RAMIPRIL 107 86 54 76
VENLAFAXINE HCL 106 95 55 86
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 104 93 56 90
SEROQUEL 104 89 56 96
FLUOXETINE HCL 101 81 58 73
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 93 84 59 59
CLONIDINE HCL 88 51 60 44
EXELON 86 42 61 77
RESTASIS 85 73 62 139
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 85 68 62 46
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 81 49 64 164
HYDRALAZINE HCL 80 54 65 53
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 80 58 65 98
LEXAPRO 78 57 67 133
NOVOLIN R 76 50 68 105
ATENOLOL 76 56 68 24
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 73 65 70 101
RISPERDAL CONSTA 72 49 71 201
LATANOPROST 72 57 71 91
DEXTROSE WITH SODIUM CHLORIDE 72 71 71 201
CRESTOR 70 37 74 67
ABILIFY 70 38 74 103
TRAMADOL HCL 70 28 74 25
KETOCONAZOLE 67 35 77 130
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 43 77 79
AGGRENOX 66 56 79 107
MELOXICAM 66 54 79 62
RANITIDINE HCL 63 31 81 33
KLOR-CON M20 62 55 82 42
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 57 83 118
LACTULOSE 60 37 84 109
PAROXETINE HCL 59 29 85 104
LOVASTATIN 58 29 86 71
BUPROPION HCL 58 43 86 229
BACLOFEN 57 36 88 92
LIPITOR 56 37 89 178
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 40 90 43
CLONIDINE 52 44 91 244
LEVETIRACETAM 52 25 91 75
GEMFIBROZIL 52 22 91 244
NIASPAN 50 25 94 121
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 Jan. 4, 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.