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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,340Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 70 out of 2170

$990K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 82 out of 2170

506 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

13% of this provider’s 506 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 506 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 16,247 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 542 508 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 532 520 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 478 445 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 464 449 4 2
LISINOPRIL 458 438 5 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 439 405 6 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 388 346 S3 7 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 348 323 8 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 345 339 9 4
FAMOTIDINE 327 323 10 96
COUMADIN 303 297 11 163
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 296 282 12 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 248 240 13 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 234 234 14 32
CARVEDILOL 226 216 15 26
LANTUS 219 214 16 51
SERTRALINE HCL 202 193 17 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 201 191 18 12
ALLOPURINOL 200 184 19 29
DIOVAN 194 193 20 53
CRESTOR 189 171 21 24
GABAPENTIN 185 161 22 14
METFORMIN HCL 183 166 23 8
PREDNISONE 177 168 24 41
LACTULOSE 177 174 24 125
SPIRONOLACTONE 174 161 26 71
NOVOLOG 170 168 27 98
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 166 166 28 88
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 165 164 29 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 157 150 30 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 153 31 9
CLOPIDOGREL 148 148 32 37
TRAMADOL HCL 145 138 33 18
NAMENDA 131 131 34 48
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 127 127 35 110
EXELON 123 123 36 119
ATENOLOL 122 118 37 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 120 116 38 11
PLAVIX 114 114 39 58
LEVOFLOXACIN 111 102 40 99
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 108 106 41 63
SYNTHROID 107 102 42 27
NYSTOP 104 104 43 219
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 102 88 44 17
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 94 91 45 239
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 88 82 46 69
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 87 85 47 95
MIRTAZAPINE 87 85 47 46
GLIMEPIRIDE 86 64 49 31
CEFTRIAXONE 85 79 50 211
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 82 77 51 167
LANOXIN 81 81 52 281
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 77 52 33
VOLTAREN 79 79 54 226
SEROQUEL 77 77 55 168
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 77 77 55 82
CYMBALTA 77 77 55 44
RISPERIDONE 76 76 58 73
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 76 76 58 64
VENLAFAXINE HCL 76 74 58 225
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 74 61 50
DIGOXIN 74 74 61 72
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 71 63 45
VERAPAMIL ER 68 67 64 94
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 66 61 65 75
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 66 63 65 127
JANUVIA 66 66 65 80
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 53 S2 68 60
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 63 63 R 68 154
PROAIR HFA 63 57 68 43
LATANOPROST 61 61 71 194
PAROXETINE HCL 61 61 71 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 54 71 39
FENTANYL 61 61 S2 71 87
KETOCONAZOLE 60 58 75 212
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 58 53 76 126
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 58 58 76 66
AZITHROMYCIN 57 54 78 47
LIDOCAINE HCL 56 56 79 238
CLONIDINE HCL 55 44 80 54
SPIRIVA 54 49 81 49
OXYCODONE HCL 54 35 S2 81 56
LIPITOR 53 53 83 83
ULORIC 53 53 83 265
BENAZEPRIL HCL 51 51 85 55
METRONIDAZOLE 51 48 85 277
LIDODERM 51 51 85 162
FLUCONAZOLE 51 50 85 158
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 June 19, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.