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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,873Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 167

$1.54M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 167

1,122 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

8% of this provider’s 1,122 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 1,122 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 19,394 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 57%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $178 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,866 1,023 S3 1 14
OMEPRAZOLE 931 552 2 6
FUROSEMIDE 901 590 3 12
SIMVASTATIN 804 578 4 13
LISINOPRIL 693 470 5 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 693 530 5 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 652 498 7 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 553 387 8 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 523 278 9 21
METFORMIN HCL 473 282 10 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 463 353 11 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 443 300 12 23
AZITHROMYCIN 402 239 13 7
SERTRALINE HCL 395 220 14 41
CEFUROXIME 324 214 15 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 316 189 16 30
GABAPENTIN 311 193 17 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 301 183 18 64
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 290 211 19 29
NEXIUM 282 125 20 32
ALLOPURINOL 279 182 21 48
PREDNISONE 275 192 22 3
PROAIR HFA 273 158 23 4
SYNTHROID 272 179 24 52
CRESTOR 259 152 25 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 241 172 26 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 237 169 27 2
KLOR-CON M20 230 157 28 55
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 225 101 R 29 59
SPIRIVA 222 155 30 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 221 159 31 33
TRAMADOL HCL 212 112 32 36
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 211 158 33 86
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 210 161 34 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 210 198 34 68
TORSEMIDE 204 152 36 87
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 203 145 R 37 89
VERAPAMIL ER 193 130 38 95
CLOPIDOGREL 187 158 39 70
CYMBALTA 182 57 40 98
TRAZODONE HCL 179 124 41 60
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 178 115 42 63
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 177 125 43 38
NAPROXEN 174 95 44 101
PROMETHAZINE HCL 174 89 R 44 80
TAMSULOSIN HCL 169 138 46 49
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 167 162 47 42
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 162 72 S2 48 103
GLIPIZIDE XL 161 105 49 104
PAROXETINE HCL 159 109 50 107
ZOSTAVAX 157 136 51 109
CARVEDILOL 151 124 52 76
WARFARIN SODIUM 151 122 52 28
LANTUS 149 76 54 66
ATENOLOL 147 118 55 40
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 90 56 84
ROPINIROLE HCL 146 116 56 26
LEVOFLOXACIN 141 97 58 33
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 135 121 59 93
OXYCODONE HCL 133 38 S2 60 112
BENAZEPRIL HCL 132 114 61 114
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 129 87 62 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 126 80 63 8
PLAVIX 125 118 64 117
INSULIN SYRINGE 123 59 65 81
GLIPIZIDE 122 81 66 77
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 115 76 67 20
NAMENDA 113 113 68 122
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 110 60 69 124
VENTOLIN HFA 105 39 70 10
GLYBURIDE 105 79 R 70 130
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 103 84 72 131
SYMBICORT 102 66 73 5
CLONIDINE HCL 102 77 73 132
MIRTAZAPINE 101 89 75 133
FLUOXETINE HCL 96 44 76 111
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 95 91 77 134
IBUPROFEN 92 30 78 135
RAMIPRIL 91 44 79 78
DOXEPIN HCL 90 62 80 136
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 90 72 80 92
OLANZAPINE 89 38 82 137
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 89 68 82 137
GLIMEPIRIDE 88 64 84 61
RISPERIDONE 87 58 85 139
ONDANSETRON HCL 83 37 86 91
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 82 44 87 140
MELOXICAM 80 52 88 141
FLUCONAZOLE 80 34 88 90
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 42 S2 90 144
PEN NEEDLE 76 47 91 145
AVELOX 75 58 92 115
LYRICA 73 61 93 148
HALOPERIDOL 72 25 94 149
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 71 55 95 112
ADACEL 71 61 95 150
DILTIAZEM ER 70 66 97 152
JANUVIA 68 60 98 83
JANTOVEN 68 68 98 154
TRICOR 68 48 98 116
COLCRYS 67 36 101 155
FENOFIBRATE 66 36 102 156
GEMFIBROZIL 65 51 103 158
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 65 0 103 158
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 35 105 161
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 19 R 106 73
ESTRADIOL 63 32 R 106 163
ZETIA 62 62 108 85
DIGOXIN 62 61 108 96
TOPIRAMATE 61 22 110 165
FAMOTIDINE 60 35 111 100
DIOVAN 60 45 111 51
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 59 36 113 166
COMBIVENT 59 38 113 11
ETODOLAC 59 28 113 166
LIPITOR 58 44 116 122
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 58 53 116 43
MUPIROCIN 57 41 118 169
PREMARIN 56 19 R 119 172
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 56 31 119 172
DEXILANT 53 26 121 175
MECLIZINE HCL 53 29 121 175
RANITIDINE HCL 52 48 123 74
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 41 123 98
ACYCLOVIR 51 41 125 178
ENDOCET 51 16 S2 125 178
VESICARE 50 49 127 180
PRIMIDONE 50 42 127 180
GLIPIZIDE ER 50 23 127 180
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 50 127 69
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 9, 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.