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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,273Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 151 out of 2170

$820K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 142 out of 2170

690 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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

3% of this provider’s 690 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 690 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 7,310 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
OMEPRAZOLE 549 260 1 2
METFORMIN HCL 524 345 2 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 465 309 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 395 264 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 388 257 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 366 183 6 6
LISINOPRIL 343 158 7 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 322 188 8 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 283 163 S3 9 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 273 199 10 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 242 174 11 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 233 154 12 20
NEXIUM 231 91 13 22
TRAZODONE HCL 209 84 14 38
CRESTOR 201 90 15 24
PROAIR HFA 200 48 16 43
FENOFIBRATE 197 100 17 57
TRAMADOL HCL 188 101 18 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 105 19 9
SPIRIVA 173 58 20 49
GLIPIZIDE 167 123 21 62
GABAPENTIN 157 73 22 14
ADVAIR DISKUS 155 52 23 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 151 89 24 17
ATENOLOL 145 97 25 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 134 52 26 16
SERTRALINE HCL 132 61 27 25
METHOCARBAMOL 129 42 R 28 205
SINGULAIR 128 43 29 85
LOVASTATIN 124 92 30 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 117 68 31 39
MELOXICAM 115 67 32 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 115 84 32 36
PREDNISONE 104 39 34 41
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 101 51 R 35 61
CLOPIDOGREL 98 51 36 37
SYNTHROID 95 53 37 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 94 39 38 75
IBUPROFEN 94 24 38 105
CITALOPRAM HBR 92 41 40 19
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 90 33 R 41 52
GLIMEPIRIDE 89 50 42 31
KLOR-CON M20 86 49 43 68
LANTUS 86 36 43 51
AMOXICILLIN 84 44 45 114
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 49 46 30
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 77 40 47 101
PAROXETINE HCL 77 24 47 65
WARFARIN SODIUM 76 40 49 15
CARVEDILOL 76 34 49 26
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 74 39 51 97
TRILIPIX 74 31 51 187
QUINAPRIL HCL 73 21 53 117
PROMETHAZINE HCL 71 21 R 54 70
ZETIA 71 19 54 78
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 68 19 56 79
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 48 57 50
SYMBICORT 66 16 57 150
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 40 57 92
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 65 31 60 174
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 63 14 R 61 256
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 62 26 62 157
JANUVIA 61 32 63 80
CLONIDINE HCL 60 38 64 54
AZITHROMYCIN 59 14 65 47
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 59 28 65 66
CYMBALTA 56 0 67 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 36 67 59
TOPIRAMATE 52 0 69 155
RAMIPRIL 52 52 69 77
RANITIDINE HCL 52 16 69 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 52 25 69 13
VENTOLIN HFA 51 23 73 102
ALLOPURINOL 51 44 73 29
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 Feb. 18, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.