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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,577Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 71

$938K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 71

484 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 484 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 12,283 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
OMEPRAZOLE 660 566 1 3
LISINOPRIL 567 481 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 501 439 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 487 447 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 478 432 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 365 272 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 348 295 7 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 271 225 8 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223 198 9 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 222 211 10 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 218 195 11 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 214 202 12 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 209 182 13 35
ATENOLOL 204 180 14 30
ALLOPURINOL 203 182 15 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 200 185 16 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 191 191 17 7
NEXIUM 168 86 18 42
CARVEDILOL 161 139 19 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 152 125 20 20
COLCRYS 152 125 20 123
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 148 148 22 16
JANUVIA 147 132 23 98
ADVAIR DISKUS 142 98 24 47
AZITHROMYCIN 133 115 25 53
MIRTAZAPINE 133 128 25 15
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 128 128 27 46
SYNTHROID 123 114 28 68
CRESTOR 119 118 29 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 118 118 30 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 117 117 31 10
TRAMADOL HCL 112 103 32 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 112 94 32 28
SPIRONOLACTONE 111 91 34 58
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 50 S3 35 9
BENAZEPRIL HCL 104 88 36 89
SPIRIVA 102 80 37 62
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 71 38 110
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 95 65 38 27
DIOVAN 93 88 40 61
PROAIR HFA 92 66 41 108
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 88 88 42 125
NAMENDA 88 88 42 14
LANTUS 87 80 44 29
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 85 59 45 134
LIDODERM 84 71 46 73
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 83 67 47 71
RISPERIDONE 83 73 47 24
ONGLYZA 79 67 49 234
CEPHALEXIN 77 72 50 87
RANITIDINE HCL 77 67 50 36
CLONIDINE HCL 75 64 52 48
KLOR-CON M10 74 57 53 88
DIOVAN HCT 73 73 54 118
CYMBALTA 72 46 55 31
GABAPENTIN 72 70 55 13
BYSTOLIC 72 60 55 205
SERTRALINE HCL 70 60 58 17
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 68 56 59 90
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 68 46 59 120
TRAZODONE HCL 68 50 59 23
BUMETANIDE 66 41 62 146
PLAVIX 59 57 63 57
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 35 63 86
GLIMEPIRIDE 58 57 65 74
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 31 65 122
PRANDIN 58 50 65 295
ACTOS 56 47 68 151
LIPITOR 56 46 68 111
KLOR-CON M20 56 44 68 59
CLOPIDOGREL 55 54 71 32
PREDNISONE 55 51 71 36
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 54 12 R 73 99
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53 42 74 26
METOLAZONE 51 47 75 181
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 51 30 75 227
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 Dec. 24, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.