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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,208Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 71

$1.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 71

431 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 431 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 431 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 16,496 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 30.


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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 859 697 1 1
JANTOVEN 699 485 2 43
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 660 596 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 551 460 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 507 479 5 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 429 395 6 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 423 348 7 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 397 371 8 10
SIMVASTATIN 371 296 9 5
LISINOPRIL 365 331 10 6
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 346 291 11 60
SERTRALINE HCL 320 267 12 17
NAMENDA 272 259 13 14
LANTUS 265 232 14 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 256 212 15 38
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 250 160 16 33
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 250 180 S3 16 9
MIRTAZAPINE 245 244 18 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 241 221 19 11
OLANZAPINE 225 193 20 65
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 218 180 21 16
RISPERIDONE 215 167 22 24
LEVOFLOXACIN 212 188 23 63
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 206 169 24 27
TRAZODONE HCL 200 149 25 23
GABAPENTIN 199 130 26 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 198 145 27 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 188 173 28 40
SINGLE USE SWAB 171 144 29 212
NOVOLOG 166 121 30 45
LIDODERM 161 133 31 73
ABILIFY 158 97 32 102
LEVETIRACETAM 157 126 33 49
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 155 124 34 82
CARVEDILOL 147 147 35 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 139 130 36 44
KLOR-CON 10 137 96 37 183
CLOPIDOGREL 133 130 38 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 130 130 39 34
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 129 116 40 66
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 125 100 41 39
TRAMADOL HCL 123 120 42 22
METFORMIN HCL 119 88 43 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117 105 44 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 95 45 19
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 115 98 46 71
LAMOTRIGINE 109 43 47 64
SEROQUEL 107 93 48 92
ATENOLOL 105 91 49 30
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 104 86 50 120
PREDNISONE 103 78 51 36
HYDRALAZINE HCL 100 94 52 55
LACTULOSE 100 73 52 94
AGGRENOX 96 66 54 135
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 95 73 55 26
CYMBALTA 95 68 55 31
HUMALOG 94 91 57 116
TORSEMIDE 93 78 58 145
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 89 76 59 131
FENTANYL 89 89 S2 59 68
LIPITOR 89 78 59 111
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 86 76 62 178
TAMIFLU 85 76 63 192
BACLOFEN 85 25 63 67
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 82 61 65 46
MONOJECT INSULIN SAFETY SYRNG 82 70 65 266
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 81 39 67 83
WARFARIN SODIUM 80 74 68 7
NOVOLIN R 80 66 68 75
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 77 67 70 93
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 74 62 71 81
GLIPIZIDE 73 52 72 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 47 73 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 72 72 73 47
KETOCONAZOLE 72 52 73 174
NYSTATIN 71 65 76 97
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 70 18 R 77 99
ALLOPURINOL 70 55 77 41
NEXIUM 68 46 79 42
CEFTRIAXONE 67 58 80 104
LATANOPROST 65 57 81 114
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 64 58 82 139
VENLAFAXINE HCL 64 48 82 151
PLAVIX 62 62 84 57
SPIRIVA 62 58 84 62
HYDROXYZINE HCL 60 46 R 86 143
FINASTERIDE 59 58 87 77
DIGOXIN 59 58 87 56
GLIPIZIDE ER 59 52 87 160
LYRICA 59 53 87 109
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 59 45 87 107
RANITIDINE HCL 59 45 87 36
LIDOCAINE HCL 57 47 93 176
CLONIDINE HCL 57 35 93 48
HALOPERIDOL 55 54 95 95
NUEDEXTA 55 52 95 305
PROMETHAZINE HCL 54 37 R 97 85
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 48 97 52
PAROXETINE HCL 53 27 99 84
KLOR-CON M10 53 41 99 88
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 52 46 101 201
CLOZAPINE 52 0 101 138
LABETALOL HCL 51 51 103 155
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 Feb. 8, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.