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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,972Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 31

$778K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 31

359 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

15% of this provider’s 359 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 359 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,525 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

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 28.


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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 895 891 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 654 635 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 528 517 3 3
SERTRALINE HCL 411 393 4 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 410 396 5 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 404 404 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 399 398 7 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 389 389 8 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 383 383 9 9
LISINOPRIL 333 332 10 5
NAMENDA 323 318 11 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 277 277 12 8
ATENOLOL 246 234 13 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 244 238 14 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 217 215 S3 15 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 201 201 16 7
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 200 200 17 41
GABAPENTIN 184 183 18 14
MIRTAZAPINE 180 180 19 13
LANTUS 163 162 20 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 162 162 21 23
JANTOVEN 162 110 21 64
NOVOLOG 156 156 23 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 153 153 24 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 151 138 25 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 149 149 26 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 149 149 26 43
AVELOX 146 146 28 153
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 145 145 29 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 145 144 29 20
OXYCODONE HCL 134 134 S2 31 57
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 129 126 32 59
NEXIUM 129 129 32 38
PROMETHAZINE HCL 127 98 R 34 65
METFORMIN HCL 118 105 35 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 115 36 17
RISPERIDONE 115 115 36 26
PREDNISONE 113 112 38 40
LEVETIRACETAM 111 111 39 75
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 110 110 40 68
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 109 109 41 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 109 109 41 46
CLOPIDOGREL 107 106 43 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 95 95 44 30
RANITIDINE HCL 93 80 45 33
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 89 86 46 37
EXELON 79 74 47 77
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 78 66 48 18
DIOVAN 78 65 48 63
PLAVIX 77 77 50 45
FAMOTIDINE 70 70 51 56
LATANOPROST 68 68 52 91
SYNTHROID 67 67 53 68
CARVEDILOL 67 67 53 29
CEPHALEXIN 64 60 55 106
CYMBALTA 64 64 55 47
KLOR-CON M20 62 62 57 42
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 62 62 57 218
OLANZAPINE 61 61 59 70
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 59 60 52
TRAZODONE HCL 59 53 60 32
HYDROXYZINE HCL 59 59 R 60 170
TAMIFLU 58 56 63 174
DIGOXIN 57 56 64 55
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 56 56 65 147
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 53 66 183
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 53 52 66 134
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 52 68 98
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 37 69 73
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 Sept. 24, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.