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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,816Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 593 out of 2170

$225K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1226 out of 2170

258 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,056 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$29 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 571 473 1 9
SIMVASTATIN 420 327 2 1
METFORMIN HCL ER 360 250 3 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 339 304 4 4
QUINAPRIL HCL 336 266 5 117
ATENOLOL 312 247 6 23
OMEPRAZOLE 303 203 7 2
LOVASTATIN 260 242 8 34
GLIPIZIDE XL 257 184 9 81
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 254 209 10 64
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 235 204 11 16
FUROSEMIDE 229 207 12 6
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 173 154 13 93
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 155 123 14 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 154 132 15 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 137 129 16 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 132 101 17 21
BENAZEPRIL HCL 120 92 18 55
NIFEDIPINE ER 105 87 19 129
GLIPIZIDE ER 99 63 20 86
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 89 87 21 13
SERTRALINE HCL 87 73 22 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 70 23 20
LISINOPRIL 77 56 24 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 75 59 25 12
METFORMIN HCL 75 50 25 8
TRAZODONE HCL 72 57 27 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 63 28 50
GABAPENTIN 56 43 29 14
PROAIR HFA 54 27 30 43
ACTOS 50 24 31 108
NIFEDICAL XL 50 32 31 484
TAMSULOSIN HCL 50 45 31 33
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 July 8, 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.