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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,633Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 167

$444K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 167

430 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,048 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 57%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $178 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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
LISINOPRIL 296 291 1 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 217 182 2 8
SPIRIVA 210 166 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 202 194 4 15
PREDNISONE 199 156 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 191 182 6 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 183 179 7 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 178 178 8 18
METFORMIN HCL 173 162 9 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 164 151 10 30
PROAIR HFA 159 139 11 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 130 12 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 129 123 13 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 114 109 14 29
CRESTOR 106 106 15 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 103 88 16 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 98 94 17 27
SIMVASTATIN 90 90 18 13
COMBIVENT 86 73 19 11
CEFDINIR 80 67 20 71
LANTUS 75 60 21 66
DIOVAN 73 62 22 51
SYNTHROID 70 68 23 52
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 67 55 24 62
LEVOFLOXACIN 66 55 25 33
GLIPIZIDE 65 64 26 77
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 64 64 27 23
CLOPIDOGREL 64 60 27 70
SYMBICORT 63 47 29 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 62 62 30 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 59 50 31 21
KLOR-CON M20 59 57 31 55
GABAPENTIN 58 52 33 35
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 51 34 92
FUROSEMIDE 54 54 35 12
NEXIUM 52 48 36 32
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 May 1, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.