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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,992Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 31

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 31

797 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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

7% of this provider’s 797 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 797 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 18,221 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
FUROSEMIDE 779 719 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 754 729 2 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 742 664 3 4
LISINOPRIL 732 599 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 644 569 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 603 590 6 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 502 419 S3 7 11
SIMVASTATIN 494 383 8 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 465 428 9 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 463 410 10 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 390 358 11 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 363 278 12 18
KLOR-CON M20 350 318 13 42
ATENOLOL 299 274 14 24
GABAPENTIN 298 242 15 14
METFORMIN HCL 281 215 16 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 279 246 17 17
MELOXICAM 260 244 18 62
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 256 230 19 22
MIRTAZAPINE 254 254 20 13
CARVEDILOL 223 210 21 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 223 182 21 34
DONEPEZIL HCL 196 196 23 9
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 193 176 24 28
CLONIDINE HCL 186 149 25 44
RANITIDINE HCL 184 168 26 33
SERTRALINE HCL 163 119 27 15
CLOPIDOGREL 163 149 27 31
LANTUS 160 128 29 21
CEPHALEXIN 155 140 30 106
SPIRIVA 146 126 31 51
ALLOPURINOL 144 126 32 49
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 141 133 33 59
KLOR-CON M10 134 134 34 87
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 122 93 R 35 134
PAROXETINE HCL 122 111 35 104
TAMSULOSIN HCL 121 120 37 26
DIGOXIN 120 116 38 55
AZITHROMYCIN 119 105 39 84
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 114 114 40 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 114 109 40 47
PREDNISONE 112 106 42 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 111 98 43 23
PREMARIN 109 86 R 44 124
TRAZODONE HCL 109 82 44 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 107 90 46 41
NAMENDA 105 105 47 16
NEXIUM 101 85 48 38
SPIRONOLACTONE 101 88 48 58
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 100 88 50 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 98 92 51 30
CYMBALTA 97 94 52 47
RISPERIDONE 97 72 52 26
PLAVIX 96 89 54 45
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 95 84 55 74
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 94 82 56 101
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 93 81 R 57 72
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 86 86 58 46
FENTANYL 80 60 S2 59 54
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 59 60 66
NYSTATIN 75 60 60 87
GLYBURIDE 74 55 R 62 200
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 66 62 39
LOVASTATIN 73 56 64 71
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 28 64 73
SYNTHROID 73 59 64 68
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 73 55 64 100
LIDODERM 72 68 68 78
PROMETHAZINE HCL 70 60 R 69 65
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 70 53 69 37
BENAZEPRIL HCL 69 57 71 108
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 67 45 72 36
AMOXICILLIN 67 55 72 132
TRAMADOL HCL 66 58 74 25
PROAIR HFA 65 51 75 112
CRESTOR 63 41 76 67
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 62 54 77 218
HYDROXYZINE HCL 61 51 R 78 170
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 58 53 79 43
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 58 50 79 117
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 38 81 144
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 56 81 52
VENLAFAXINE HCL 56 52 83 86
PROPRANOLOL HCL 56 47 83 183
HYDRALAZINE HCL 56 51 83 53
IBUPROFEN 55 37 86 89
GLIPIZIDE 54 53 87 60
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 50 43 88 83
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 50 48 R 88 249
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 13, 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.