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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,450Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 222 out of 2170

$695K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 222 out of 2170

206 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

12% of this provider’s 206 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 206 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 11,174 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

60 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 852 749 1 15
FUROSEMIDE 496 462 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 444 432 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 383 348 4 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 353 340 5 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 342 306 6 10
LISINOPRIL 320 277 7 3
MIRTAZAPINE 255 231 8 46
GABAPENTIN 239 211 9 14
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 218 214 10 131
DIGOXIN 209 198 11 72
SIMVASTATIN 189 154 12 1
SERTRALINE HCL 188 188 13 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 173 171 14 63
DONEPEZIL HCL 172 172 15 32
NAMENDA 170 170 16 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 159 159 17 4
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 151 151 18 88
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 142 142 19 110
ATENOLOL 128 128 20 23
CYMBALTA 120 119 21 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 114 102 22 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 112 96 23 33
RANITIDINE HCL 110 110 24 40
KLOR-CON M20 110 107 24 68
OLANZAPINE 108 108 26 139
MELOXICAM 108 108 26 28
GLIPIZIDE 104 70 28 62
METFORMIN HCL 103 78 29 8
RISPERIDONE 99 99 30 73
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 95 84 31 21
TRAZODONE HCL 91 91 32 38
ALLOPURINOL 89 77 33 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 85 59 34 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 85 74 34 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 83 67 36 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 64 37 12
LEVOFLOXACIN 81 80 38 99
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 65 39 9
PREDNISONE 75 65 40 41
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 75 72 40 95
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 71 59 42 82
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 71 61 42 16
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 70 46 44 97
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 70 44 71
TRAMADOL HCL 69 67 46 18
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 69 67 46 148
CEFTRIAXONE 68 58 48 211
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 59 48 69
SEROQUEL 67 67 50 168
NOVOLIN R 63 55 51 149
LANTUS 62 35 52 51
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 62 34 52 127
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 62 50 52 142
NYSTATIN 61 60 55 160
CLOPIDOGREL 59 59 56 37
ABILIFY 59 35 56 159
BACLOFEN 58 33 58 137
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 56 59 75
PROCRIT 56 52 59 298
LEVETIRACETAM 55 26 61 109
GLYBURIDE 55 55 R 61 118
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 54 54 63 232
MUPIROCIN 54 31 63 177
CEPHALEXIN 50 46 65 120
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 48 65 11
DIOVAN 50 49 65 53
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 Oct. 21, 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.