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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,969Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 79 out of 2170

$824K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 140 out of 2170

724 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

18% of this provider’s 724 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 724 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 13,487 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

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 748 632 1 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 712 589 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 523 445 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 448 389 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 426 364 5 6
METFORMIN HCL 400 369 6 8
OMEPRAZOLE 390 297 7 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 388 318 8 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 360 319 9 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 359 256 10 17
ATENOLOL 348 312 11 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 339 308 12 16
LISINOPRIL 334 263 13 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 276 207 S3 14 7
OXYCODONE HCL 262 36 S2 15 56
GABAPENTIN 236 170 16 14
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 231 160 S2 17 60
NEXIUM 226 169 18 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 219 211 19 19
PREDNISONE 215 165 20 41
CLONIDINE HCL 191 171 21 54
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 175 139 22 66
TAMSULOSIN HCL 167 153 23 33
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 154 118 24 64
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 147 94 R 25 52
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 146 122 26 11
SERTRALINE HCL 143 139 27 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 142 115 28 15
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 125 101 29 100
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 116 103 30 12
CLOPIDOGREL 114 98 31 37
PROAIR HFA 113 70 32 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 110 110 33 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 108 87 34 31
RANITIDINE HCL 107 91 35 40
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 107 87 R 35 236
CARVEDILOL 106 102 37 26
FAMOTIDINE 97 94 38 96
TRAMADOL HCL 97 84 38 18
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 96 78 40 69
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 95 19 S2 41 74
FENTANYL 94 78 S2 42 87
ALLOPURINOL 92 85 43 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 86 68 44 39
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 86 77 44 50
KLOR-CON M20 84 39 46 68
PLAVIX 83 71 47 58
LYRICA 80 44 48 90
CYMBALTA 79 21 49 44
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 79 57 49 75
OXYCONTIN 78 22 S2 51 146
LANTUS 76 67 52 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 59 53 30
CRESTOR 74 51 54 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 50 54 42
HYDRALAZINE HCL 73 56 56 84
SYNTHROID 73 73 56 27
TRAZODONE HCL 69 47 58 38
ZETIA 69 47 58 78
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 55 58 13
NIFEDIPINE ER 68 66 61 129
PROMETHAZINE HCL 67 23 R 62 70
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 63 63 59
GLYBURIDE 65 65 R 63 118
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 33 R 65 61
SPIRIVA 63 36 65 49
LEVOXYL 59 47 67 115
ENDOCET 59 13 S2 67 106
LIPITOR 58 51 69 83
COLCRYS 58 46 69 140
GLIPIZIDE 57 56 71 62
RISPERIDONE 56 47 72 73
CELEBREX 55 33 73 89
GLIPIZIDE XL 55 55 73 81
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 54 42 75 229
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 25 76 63
SULINDAC 52 46 77 286
MIRTAZAPINE 52 42 77 46
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 Nov. 3, 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.