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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,024Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 137 out of 2170

$627K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 289 out of 2170

383 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 383 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 383 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,992 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

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
SIMVASTATIN 934 701 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 868 674 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 739 580 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 728 555 4 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 535 400 5 9
LISINOPRIL 534 364 6 3
METFORMIN HCL 420 319 7 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 364 281 8 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 291 232 9 10
GABAPENTIN 278 172 10 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 264 229 11 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 262 196 12 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 257 176 13 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 255 190 14 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 229 168 15 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 228 115 S3 16 7
CRESTOR 208 177 17 24
SERTRALINE HCL 199 112 18 25
ALLOPURINOL 177 142 19 29
DIOVAN 173 135 20 53
BENAZEPRIL HCL 167 159 21 55
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 114 22 42
NEXIUM 135 69 23 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 130 85 24 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 84 25 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 115 79 26 63
KLOR-CON 10 111 95 27 144
HYDRALAZINE HCL 107 75 28 84
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 106 62 29 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 104 77 30 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 104 81 30 67
TRAMADOL HCL 102 73 32 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 100 56 33 11
RANITIDINE HCL 95 66 34 40
JANUVIA 93 92 35 80
ATENOLOL 92 78 36 23
PROAIR HFA 89 62 37 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 87 65 38 17
CLOPIDOGREL 83 64 39 37
CARVEDILOL 81 49 40 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 68 40 32
ZETIA 77 44 42 78
CITALOPRAM HBR 74 66 43 19
PREDNISONE 73 50 44 41
LOVASTATIN 71 62 45 34
LIPITOR 70 60 46 83
INSULIN SYRINGE 67 37 47 113
COLCRYS 65 32 48 140
GLYBURIDE 62 50 R 49 118
GLIPIZIDE 62 57 49 62
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 52 51 50
DIOVAN HCT 59 58 52 76
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 57 38 53 126
LYRICA 57 40 53 90
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 44 55 39
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 36 55 99
MECLIZINE HCL 55 52 55 134
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 37 58 45
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 29 58 79
CEFUROXIME 53 40 60 175
LANTUS 53 35 60 51
VENTOLIN HFA 53 37 60 102
FELODIPINE ER 52 40 63 193
DIGOXIN 52 48 63 72
NAMENDA 50 50 65 48
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 50 27 65 128
KLOR-CON M10 50 35 65 132
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 36 65 69
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 27 R 65 52
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.