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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,039Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 2170

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 45 out of 2170

801 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

7% of this provider’s 801 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 801 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 18,537 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% 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 $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,010 931 1 5
LISINOPRIL 691 642 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 654 598 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 620 563 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 536 512 5 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 508 470 6 15
METFORMIN HCL 499 462 7 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 461 420 8 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 447 435 9 4
ATENOLOL 362 357 10 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 359 332 11 9
GABAPENTIN 356 305 12 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 295 292 13 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 246 238 14 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 214 197 15 13
CARVEDILOL 209 205 16 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 204 186 S3 17 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 203 200 18 16
TRAMADOL HCL 203 187 18 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 202 186 20 17
NAMENDA 202 202 20 48
SERTRALINE HCL 193 175 22 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 190 172 23 19
ALLOPURINOL 189 186 24 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 186 161 25 12
NEXIUM 185 175 26 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 165 162 27 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 164 161 28 39
CYMBALTA 161 142 29 44
MELOXICAM 159 141 30 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 153 150 31 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 138 131 32 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 136 124 33 75
CLOPIDOGREL 134 124 34 37
SYNTHROID 134 127 34 27
SPIRIVA 120 114 36 49
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 118 37 33
MIRTAZAPINE 118 118 38 46
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 117 117 39 174
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 117 115 39 63
GLIPIZIDE 116 81 41 62
AZITHROMYCIN 112 104 42 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 110 94 43 45
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 108 101 R 44 61
RANITIDINE HCL 99 97 45 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 96 91 46 50
CRESTOR 94 86 47 24
LYRICA 93 86 48 90
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 93 88 48 95
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 88 83 50 82
LEVOFLOXACIN 87 82 51 99
DIOVAN 86 81 52 53
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 76 53 20
TRAZODONE HCL 78 69 54 38
LANTUS 78 70 54 51
PLAVIX 76 75 56 58
PROAIR HFA 73 65 57 43
LOVASTATIN 71 70 58 34
BENAZEPRIL HCL 70 61 59 55
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 54 60 30
TORSEMIDE 69 68 60 184
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 65 62 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 57 63 69
GLIPIZIDE ER 67 64 63 86
CEPHALEXIN 65 62 65 120
PREDNISONE 65 62 65 41
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 63 67 92
DIGOXIN 64 61 67 72
NOVOLIN R 63 62 69 149
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 61 69 88
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 62 61 71 91
KLOR-CON M20 62 58 71 68
JANUVIA 61 42 73 80
EVISTA 60 60 74 147
NOVOLOG 59 48 75 98
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 59 51 75 131
RISPERIDONE 57 40 77 73
ZETIA 57 57 77 78
SINGULAIR 57 48 77 85
LEVETIRACETAM 56 54 80 109
LAMOTRIGINE 56 43 80 136
LIPITOR 56 49 80 83
PROPRANOLOL HCL 56 55 80 153
PROMETHAZINE HCL 54 48 R 84 70
RAMIPRIL 54 52 84 77
FLUCONAZOLE 53 46 86 158
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 52 86 110
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 53 53 R 86 154
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 47 89 71
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 52 89 64
AMIODARONE HCL 52 50 89 235
EXELON 51 51 92 119
DIOVAN HCT 50 50 93 76
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. 17, 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.