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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,241Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 72 out of 2170

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 75 out of 2170

554 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

18% of this provider’s 554 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 554 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 12,121 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

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 782 586 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 573 449 2 5
LISINOPRIL 552 420 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 531 449 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 531 387 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 461 198 S3 6 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 365 281 7 10
NEXIUM 329 151 8 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 319 291 9 15
METFORMIN HCL 293 247 10 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 288 174 11 17
OXYCODONE HCL 287 111 S2 12 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 252 207 13 13
TRAMADOL HCL 247 211 14 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 212 173 15 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 200 166 16 4
ALLOPURINOL 198 146 17 29
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 193 100 S2 18 60
MELOXICAM 191 137 19 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 191 171 19 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 180 142 21 21
TRAZODONE HCL 178 103 22 38
GABAPENTIN 176 135 23 14
CARISOPRODOL 162 60 R 24 111
CRESTOR 149 110 25 24
SERTRALINE HCL 142 88 26 25
PROMETHAZINE HCL 139 65 R 27 70
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 138 119 28 12
SUBOXONE 132 0 29 241
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 132 70 R 29 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 132 111 29 33
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 127 114 32 88
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 108 33 9
SPIRIVA 122 73 34 49
DIGOXIN 115 115 35 72
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 42 36 39
PROAIR HFA 112 68 36 43
ENDOCET 105 42 S2 38 106
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 103 38 S2 39 74
NAMENDA 99 99 40 48
SPIRONOLACTONE 99 94 40 71
RANITIDINE HCL 96 87 42 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 94 58 43 75
CARVEDILOL 93 80 44 26
CYMBALTA 93 39 44 44
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 89 58 46 67
CLONIDINE HCL 89 74 46 54
LANTUS 88 58 48 51
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 87 56 R 49 61
CELEBREX 87 64 49 89
PREDNISONE 86 58 51 41
CEFUROXIME 86 56 51 175
CLOPIDOGREL 85 71 53 37
NIASPAN 85 71 53 103
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 85 63 53 50
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 83 59 56 100
BENICAR 83 83 56 213
PREMARIN 83 59 R 56 145
SYNTHROID 83 63 56 27
LYRICA 81 63 60 90
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 78 40 61 128
DIOVAN 77 77 62 53
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 42 62 69
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 76 69 64 63
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 75 55 65 11
AZITHROMYCIN 69 31 66 47
RAMIPRIL 68 65 67 77
TRICOR 68 58 67 130
ATENOLOL 66 49 69 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 48 69 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 65 65 71 32
SYMBICORT 65 57 71 150
PROPRANOLOL HCL 64 43 73 153
LOVAZA 61 49 74 178
PLAVIX 59 48 75 58
FENOFIBRATE 59 44 75 57
MIRTAZAPINE 59 57 75 46
DIOVAN HCT 59 48 75 76
ROPINIROLE HCL 58 26 79 92
FINASTERIDE 56 56 80 122
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 53 19 S2 81 309
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 45 82 42
SEROQUEL 52 41 82 168
GLIPIZIDE 52 47 82 62
JANUVIA 51 51 85 80
LIPITOR 50 34 86 83
PAROXETINE HCL 50 38 86 65
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 Dec. 2, 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.