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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,294Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 31

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 31

1,007 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

3% of this provider’s 1,007 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 1,007 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 16,041 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
DONEPEZIL HCL 723 650 1 9
SIMVASTATIN 721 576 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 678 510 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 664 570 4 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 623 585 5 7
LISINOPRIL 537 424 6 5
SERTRALINE HCL 479 423 7 15
FUROSEMIDE 454 369 8 1
NAMENDA 390 383 9 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 372 318 10 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 371 345 11 39
METFORMIN HCL 334 232 12 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 323 260 13 17
ATENOLOL 306 288 14 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 280 236 15 37
SPIRONOLACTONE 279 267 16 58
RISPERIDONE 273 190 17 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 272 216 18 36
MIRTAZAPINE 263 218 19 13
TRAZODONE HCL 260 192 20 32
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 234 188 S3 21 11
HYDRALAZINE HCL 221 202 22 53
CITALOPRAM HBR 215 175 23 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 212 146 24 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 211 158 25 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 211 182 25 26
GABAPENTIN 211 153 25 14
FINASTERIDE 190 177 28 109
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 187 173 29 20
OLANZAPINE 169 119 30 70
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 164 140 31 4
TRAMADOL HCL 163 122 32 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 159 143 33 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 150 141 34 100
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 146 76 35 153
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 135 118 36 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 135 128 36 83
JANTOVEN 132 125 38 64
CARVEDILOL 128 128 39 29
LEVETIRACETAM 122 77 40 75
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 121 44 R 41 97
CLOZAPINE 119 0 42 126
ADVAIR DISKUS 116 84 43 52
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 114 75 44 22
NIASPAN 111 57 45 121
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 109 74 46 18
DIOVAN 108 96 47 63
RANITIDINE HCL 107 62 48 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 105 65 49 30
CYMBALTA 97 58 50 47
GLIPIZIDE 94 83 51 60
LANTUS 89 62 52 21
SEROQUEL 89 68 52 96
NYSTATIN 84 79 54 87
CLOPIDOGREL 83 71 55 31
ALLOPURINOL 81 52 56 49
INSULIN SYRINGE 80 78 57 119
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 79 61 58 46
IBUPROFEN 76 29 59 89
KLOR-CON M20 75 55 60 42
PAROXETINE HCL 75 75 60 104
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 73 58 62 59
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 51 63 73
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 70 69 64 23
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 70 60 64 161
PREDNISONE 70 56 64 40
LIDODERM 69 64 67 78
CLONIDINE HCL 69 45 67 44
MELOXICAM 69 47 67 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 69 52 67 41
LOVASTATIN 68 54 71 71
JANUVIA 67 44 72 82
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 66 66 73 130
BUPROPION HCL SR 65 64 74 209
LATANOPROST 65 64 74 91
HALOPERIDOL 64 35 76 80
NEXIUM 61 49 77 38
FAMOTIDINE 61 56 77 56
SYNTHROID 61 61 77 68
FENOFIBRATE 60 28 80 113
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 45 81 43
TERAZOSIN HCL 57 46 82 231
PLAVIX 56 47 83 45
SPIRIVA 53 46 84 51
RAMIPRIL 52 52 85 76
LAMOTRIGINE 52 0 85 150
AMIODARONE HCL 52 52 85 156
BENAZEPRIL HCL 52 45 85 108
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 47 89 249
ABILIFY 50 32 89 103
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 17, 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.