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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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43,974Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 71

$2.54M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 71

1,158 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

20% of this provider’s 1,158 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 1,158 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 40,158 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,669 1,635 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 1,559 1,503 2 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,432 1,347 3 8
NAMENDA 1,340 1,306 4 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,279 1,223 5 7
OMEPRAZOLE 1,253 1,183 6 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,027 1,013 7 10
LISINOPRIL 997 942 8 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 995 967 9 4
SIMVASTATIN 810 709 10 5
SERTRALINE HCL 728 705 11 17
CYMBALTA 675 543 12 31
MIRTAZAPINE 659 648 13 15
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 632 620 14 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 624 610 15 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 572 487 S3 16 9
GABAPENTIN 559 457 17 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 557 546 18 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 546 519 19 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 518 511 20 11
TRAMADOL HCL 512 478 21 22
LANTUS 481 428 22 29
NOVOLOG 399 310 23 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 393 368 24 16
METFORMIN HCL 387 350 25 18
CLOPIDOGREL 386 349 26 32
JANTOVEN 383 315 27 43
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 335 303 28 46
KLOR-CON M20 334 334 29 59
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 330 318 30 71
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 325 301 31 44
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 324 283 32 39
PREDNISONE 313 284 33 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 296 258 34 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 281 276 35 34
CARVEDILOL 277 245 36 25
ALLOPURINOL 275 267 37 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 267 217 38 26
RISPERIDONE 267 231 38 24
LATANOPROST 252 247 40 114
DIGOXIN 246 246 41 56
COUMADIN 243 214 42 103
PLAVIX 223 201 43 57
ATENOLOL 218 206 44 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 212 190 45 19
TRAZODONE HCL 211 172 46 23
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 209 197 47 72
LEVETIRACETAM 200 110 48 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 197 196 49 47
SPIRONOLACTONE 197 179 49 58
FLUOXETINE HCL 193 174 51 76
CLONIDINE HCL 188 176 52 48
CRESTOR 182 148 53 50
NEXIUM 175 153 54 42
FINASTERIDE 170 156 55 77
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 166 154 56 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 165 150 57 52
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 161 152 58 134
BACLOFEN 158 53 59 67
MELOXICAM 154 143 60 79
FENTANYL 152 105 S2 61 68
LEVOFLOXACIN 151 143 62 63
LIDODERM 148 133 63 73
GLIPIZIDE 148 123 63 70
SPIRIVA 147 133 65 62
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 144 111 66 33
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 142 142 67 60
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 140 98 S2 68 51
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 136 115 69 81
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 134 133 70 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 134 130 70 55
BENAZEPRIL HCL 129 129 72 89
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 127 127 73 66
EXELON 126 126 74 91
ABILIFY 125 101 75 102
AVELOX 125 120 75 163
TRAVATAN Z 121 109 77 115
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 121 117 77 28
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 117 109 79 93
DILTIAZEM HCL 116 116 80 164
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 115 101 81 133
HYDROXYZINE HCL 115 95 R 81 143
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 115 114 81 82
OLANZAPINE 114 114 84 65
BYSTOLIC 112 112 85 205
FAMOTIDINE 112 88 85 78
OXYCODONE HCL 111 88 S2 87 54
SYNTHROID 111 111 87 68
LEVEMIR 109 73 89 136
METHOCARBAMOL 107 83 R 90 255
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 105 87 91 100
VENLAFAXINE HCL 104 103 92 151
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 102 90 93 158
GLIMEPIRIDE 101 101 94 74
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 99 99 95 169
RANITIDINE HCL 99 80 95 36
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 98 94 97 139
LEXAPRO 98 91 97 124
DIOVAN 96 89 99 61
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 93 81 R 100 137
MUPIROCIN 93 83 100 126
PROMETHAZINE HCL 88 83 R 102 85
PRIMIDONE 88 75 102 261
TORSEMIDE 88 76 102 145
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 88 54 102 107
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 87 62 106 83
NYSTATIN 87 79 106 97
METFORMIN HCL ER 86 84 108 101
CEFTRIAXONE 82 70 109 104
AMOXICILLIN 82 78 109 185
CARBAMAZEPINE 82 34 109 121
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 81 112 110
DILTIAZEM ER 81 81 112 227
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 79 72 114 106
PAROXETINE HCL 77 77 115 84
ROPINIROLE HCL 76 68 116 117
LIDOCAINE HCL 75 68 117 176
ARICEPT 75 75 117 272
OXYCONTIN 74 43 S2 119 128
CELEBREX 74 71 119 170
GLIPIZIDE ER 74 64 119 160
LUMIGAN 73 68 122 241
TERAZOSIN HCL 72 60 123 179
LAMOTRIGINE 71 71 124 64
ENABLEX 71 71 124 277
AGGRENOX 71 70 124 135
VESICARE 71 69 124 220
PREMARIN 70 60 R 128 225
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 70 65 128 120
KLOR-CON M10 70 70 128 88
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 69 58 131 90
METHIMAZOLE 69 59 131 278
BUSPIRONE HCL 69 44 131 129
DILANTIN 68 50 134 172
RESTASIS 68 68 134 157
SANTYL 68 64 134 147
FENOFIBRATE 68 67 134 113
VOLTAREN 68 64 134 245
LABETALOL HCL 67 58 139 155
TIMOLOL MALEATE 66 64 140 283
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65 63 141 112
DETROL LA 65 65 141 232
EVISTA 65 65 141 190
MORPHINE SULFATE 65 60 S2 141 162
GENERLAC 64 59 145 239
COMBIGAN 63 63 146 286
LOVASTATIN 62 61 147 96
CALCITONIN-SALMON 61 61 148 231
NITROSTAT 61 60 148 247
SEROQUEL 60 57 150 92
PROAIR HFA 59 41 151 108
CEPHALEXIN 59 53 151 87
RAMIPRIL 58 41 153 105
AZITHROMYCIN 56 54 154 53
SUCRALFATE 55 55 155 149
GALANTAMINE HBR 55 55 155 168
NOVOLIN N 54 54 157 240
DORZOLAMIDE HCL 53 50 158 308
FLUCONAZOLE 51 42 159 201
ANASTROZOLE 50 50 160 313
METHOTREXATE 50 43 160 252
VENTOLIN HFA 50 46 160 171
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.