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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,904Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 71

$713K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 71

244 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

16% of this provider’s 244 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 244 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 9,065 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

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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
FUROSEMIDE 389 339 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 303 234 2 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 288 287 3 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 271 218 4 8
LISINOPRIL 252 190 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 245 183 6 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 234 232 7 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 225 211 8 4
OMEPRAZOLE 222 179 9 3
NAMENDA 208 194 10 14
NOVOLOG 207 156 11 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 193 156 12 46
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 170 136 13 38
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 161 134 14 33
LANTUS 156 126 15 29
MIRTAZAPINE 146 138 16 15
SERTRALINE HCL 145 123 17 17
PREDNISONE 129 118 18 36
METFORMIN HCL 126 93 19 18
RISPERIDONE 126 88 19 24
TRAZODONE HCL 124 90 21 23
TRAMADOL HCL 122 122 22 22
KLOR-CON M20 120 102 23 59
CARVEDILOL 117 99 24 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 117 104 S3 24 9
CYMBALTA 115 83 26 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 110 83 27 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 110 91 27 44
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 98 98 29 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 98 82 29 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 97 83 31 11
LIDODERM 96 84 32 73
GABAPENTIN 88 67 33 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 86 81 34 16
LEVETIRACETAM 86 64 34 49
LEVOFLOXACIN 84 77 36 63
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 76 37 21
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 75 54 38 60
TAMIFLU 74 67 39 192
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 67 40 19
JANTOVEN 73 52 40 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 51 42 26
SPIRONOLACTONE 68 44 43 58
HYDRALAZINE HCL 68 50 43 55
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 68 S2 43 51
DIGOXIN 67 67 46 56
TRAVATAN Z 67 65 46 115
LOVAZA 67 47 46 144
LYRICA 64 40 49 109
CLONIDINE 64 64 49 248
CLONIDINE HCL 64 51 49 48
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 61 49 66
GENERLAC 64 42 49 239
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 44 54 35
PATANOL 57 53 55 298
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 56 34 56 20
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 56 38 56 100
SPIRIVA 55 42 58 62
TORSEMIDE 54 42 59 145
ALLOPURINOL 53 46 60 41
EXELON 53 44 60 91
OXYCODONE HCL 50 46 S2 62 54
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. 19, 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.