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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,079Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 194

$433K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 194

262 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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

9% of this provider’s 262 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 262 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 35%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 7,175 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 13%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $42 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 4.


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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 647 342 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 622 418 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 434 292 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 329 275 4 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 283 188 5 23
METFORMIN HCL 253 166 6 26
RISPERIDONE 253 120 6 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 220 200 8 29
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 218 120 R 9 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 216 164 10 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 204 161 11 45
GABAPENTIN 203 138 12 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 133 13 30
ATENOLOL 164 108 14 51
TRAMADOL HCL 158 103 15 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 156 82 16 44
LISINOPRIL 156 111 16 33
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 141 93 18 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 128 74 19 40
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 123 72 20 6
PREDNISONE 119 83 21 47
HALOPERIDOL 114 79 22 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 112 66 23 35
AZITHROMYCIN 107 71 24 64
NEXIUM 104 82 25 21
IBUPROFEN 99 36 26 46
TRAZODONE HCL 94 73 27 65
GLIPIZIDE 91 57 28 66
SERTRALINE HCL 91 63 28 66
CARISOPRODOL 86 20 R 30 70
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 85 54 31 41
NAPROXEN 81 41 32 72
KLOR-CON M20 81 49 32 72
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 51 34 74
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 79 58 35 56
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 73 56 36 77
TAMSULOSIN HCL 65 50 37 28
PROAIR HFA 64 27 38 85
CLONIDINE HCL 64 29 38 85
CLOZAPINE 64 0 38 85
AMOXICILLIN 61 43 41 90
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 25 41 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 50 43 91
CLOPIDOGREL 56 39 44 8
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 36 R 44 16
VENTOLIN HFA 55 28 46 97
ALLOPURINOL 55 37 46 97
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51 30 48 102
GLIPIZIDE XL 51 48 48 102
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 25 48 12
DIOVAN 50 37 51 104
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. 17, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.