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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,786Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 71

$850K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 71

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

24% of this provider’s 380 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 380 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 16,018 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

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,381 1,342 1 7
OMEPRAZOLE 496 460 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 486 477 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 484 462 4 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 437 408 S3 5 9
LISINOPRIL 435 418 6 6
MIRTAZAPINE 417 408 7 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 352 338 8 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 345 339 9 8
NAMENDA 341 328 10 14
TRAZODONE HCL 324 313 11 23
SERTRALINE HCL 313 294 12 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 305 290 13 4
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 298 282 14 27
GABAPENTIN 291 281 15 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 284 283 16 10
RISPERIDONE 244 232 17 24
SIMVASTATIN 235 228 18 5
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 235 234 18 38
RANITIDINE HCL 220 220 20 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 209 202 21 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 176 157 22 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 165 164 23 26
METFORMIN HCL 147 131 24 18
GLIPIZIDE 139 139 25 70
OLANZAPINE 134 121 26 65
CYMBALTA 131 129 27 31
SEROQUEL 123 121 28 92
LAMOTRIGINE 122 100 29 64
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 118 30 19
NYSTATIN 119 119 30 97
PREDNISONE 115 115 32 36
FENTANYL 115 106 S2 32 68
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 110 107 34 46
OXYCODONE HCL 109 102 S2 35 54
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 107 106 S2 36 51
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 106 96 37 60
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 102 101 38 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 101 101 39 21
CLONIDINE HCL 101 101 39 48
PROMETHAZINE HCL 100 84 R 41 85
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 93 92 42 16
DIGOXIN 93 93 42 56
SPIRONOLACTONE 92 92 44 58
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 90 90 45 40
AZITHROMYCIN 87 85 46 53
HUMULIN N 87 87 46 262
FAMOTIDINE 87 84 46 78
KLOR-CON M20 83 81 49 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 81 49 52
ROPINIROLE HCL 82 82 51 117
CARVEDILOL 80 80 52 25
LEXAPRO 80 79 52 124
TRAMADOL HCL 78 78 54 22
RESTASIS 77 72 55 157
NOVOLIN N 73 73 56 240
KLOR-CON 10 73 73 56 183
MORPHINE SULFATE 73 69 S2 56 162
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 67 59 35
CEFTRIAXONE 72 70 59 104
SUCRALFATE 71 58 61 149
BUSPIRONE HCL 70 68 62 129
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 69 67 63 81
ATENOLOL 68 68 64 30
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 68 64 72
HALOPERIDOL 68 64 64 95
LIDODERM 68 68 64 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 67 68 44
EXELON 64 64 69 91
LEVETIRACETAM 64 48 69 49
TAMSULOSIN HCL 59 57 71 34
BACLOFEN 59 59 71 67
SPIRIVA 57 49 73 62
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 54 74 63
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 55 55 75 133
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 53 76 100
CARBAMAZEPINE 53 53 76 121
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 April 7, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.