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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,996Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 307

$820K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 307

508 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

14% of this provider’s 508 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 508 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,193 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $88 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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 768 739 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 707 691 2 4
LISINOPRIL 697 681 3 6
SERTRALINE HCL 494 486 4 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 418 412 5 37
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 414 394 6 7
METFORMIN HCL 392 373 7 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 392 357 7 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 375 362 9 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 364 348 10 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 357 344 11 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 340 315 12 18
GABAPENTIN 304 300 13 8
NAMENDA 303 303 14 43
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 302 279 15 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 271 271 16 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 242 223 17 22
RISPERIDONE 238 203 18 33
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 231 219 19 55
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 225 224 S3 20 2
SIMVASTATIN 212 173 21 5
CARVEDILOL 194 194 22 12
PREDNISONE 192 179 23 19
LANTUS 188 180 24 85
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 181 181 25 75
MIRTAZAPINE 177 177 26 57
ATENOLOL 170 146 27 42
RANITIDINE HCL 170 152 27 93
AZITHROMYCIN 169 163 29 71
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 161 156 30 92
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 158 158 31 20
NOVOLOG 158 154 31 177
TAMSULOSIN HCL 136 134 33 10
TRAMADOL HCL 125 125 34 16
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 122 116 35 152
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 119 119 36 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 110 106 37 36
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 109 95 38 168
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 109 106 38 31
PROMETHAZINE HCL 102 97 R 40 135
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 85 41 17
ALLOPURINOL 91 89 42 39
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 89 79 43 90
NYSTATIN 86 81 44 288
SEROQUEL 85 85 45 173
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 85 76 45 87
CLONIDINE HCL 82 79 47 44
NEXIUM 82 82 47 21
BUSPIRONE HCL 81 80 49 192
KLOR-CON M20 79 68 50 98
FENOFIBRATE 79 70 50 245
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 75 52 35
MUPIROCIN 73 69 53 114
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 72 72 54 91
FINASTERIDE 72 72 54 26
LEVOFLOXACIN 72 71 54 133
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 72 69 54 49
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 67 58 65
CYMBALTA 69 69 59 40
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 67 67 60 157
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 67 60 78
MELOXICAM 65 65 62 45
BUPROPION XL 61 61 63 115
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 61 63 82
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 60 65 60
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 59 54 66 218
METOLAZONE 58 54 67 309
DIGOXIN 58 58 67 81
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 42 67 119
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 58 58 67 320
GLYBURIDE 57 45 R 71 297
BENICAR 54 54 72 325
GALANTAMINE HBR 54 54 72 395
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 53 53 74 208
GLIMEPIRIDE 52 52 75 61
RISPERDAL CONSTA 52 51 75 234
FLUCONAZOLE 51 46 77 278
SINGULAIR 50 41 78 70
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 Oct. 17, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.