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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,430Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 167

$608K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 167

523 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

2% of this provider’s 523 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,282 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 57%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $178 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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
WARFARIN SODIUM 513 425 1 28
SIMVASTATIN 478 362 2 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 321 234 3 23
LISINOPRIL 317 233 4 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 282 226 5 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 246 187 6 2
DIOVAN 235 220 7 51
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 221 186 8 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 207 163 9 61
FUROSEMIDE 205 115 10 12
SPIRIVA 196 117 11 1
OMEPRAZOLE 181 150 12 6
SPIRONOLACTONE 151 138 13 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 148 126 14 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 131 15 24
CRESTOR 131 126 16 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 130 98 17 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 118 72 18 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 116 70 19 63
SYMBICORT 110 67 20 5
ALLOPURINOL 107 64 21 48
SINGULAIR 100 64 22 9
JANUVIA 99 50 23 83
COMBIVENT 95 72 24 11
ZETIA 79 56 25 85
METFORMIN HCL ER 79 47 25 110
PROAIR HFA 78 50 27 4
NASONEX 75 25 28 53
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 74 58 29 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 68 56 30 18
LANTUS 67 44 31 66
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 63 56 32 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 63 51 32 22
ACTOS 62 51 34 164
RAMIPRIL 60 52 35 78
PREDNISONE 55 36 36 3
DIGOXIN 54 46 37 96
DALIRESP 52 31 38 44
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 52 34 38 17
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 Jan. 13, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.