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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,469Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 49 out of 2170

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 60 out of 2170

477 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%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

17% of this provider’s 477 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 477 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 17,400 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% 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

41 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 739 691 1 1
LISINOPRIL 711 655 2 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 622 561 3 10
FUROSEMIDE 557 509 4 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 518 468 5 32
NAMENDA 482 464 6 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 456 393 7 4
LANTUS 416 341 8 51
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 400 377 9 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 398 371 10 16
TRAMADOL HCL 392 361 11 18
SERTRALINE HCL 376 351 12 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 368 353 13 13
MIRTAZAPINE 356 334 14 46
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 322 322 15 50
CITALOPRAM HBR 291 277 16 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 269 250 S3 17 7
GABAPENTIN 228 195 18 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 225 197 19 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223 215 20 9
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 205 171 21 75
TRAZODONE HCL 201 170 22 38
RISPERIDONE 200 177 23 73
OMEPRAZOLE 196 178 24 2
CLOPIDOGREL 188 166 25 37
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 172 167 26 88
NOVOLOG 165 147 27 98
PLAVIX 160 135 28 58
CARVEDILOL 158 137 29 26
SPIRIVA 148 130 30 49
DIOVAN 145 132 31 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 89 32 33
METFORMIN HCL 138 105 33 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 135 124 34 15
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 131 121 35 95
PREDNISONE 130 113 36 41
HUMALOG 128 114 37 190
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 125 120 38 36
FAMOTIDINE 122 112 39 96
GENERLAC 121 77 40 214
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 121 111 40 11
HYDRALAZINE HCL 117 103 42 84
NYSTATIN 111 104 43 160
CEPHALEXIN 110 98 44 120
ALLOPURINOL 109 107 45 29
GLIMEPIRIDE 109 108 45 31
TRAVATAN Z 108 78 47 181
CRESTOR 108 86 47 24
FENTANYL 108 87 S2 47 87
RANITIDINE HCL 107 94 50 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 101 50 12
AGGRENOX 105 98 52 169
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 101 89 53 126
SEROQUEL 100 100 54 168
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 84 54 45
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 98 98 56 110
LAMOTRIGINE 95 73 57 136
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95 82 57 39
EXELON 90 87 59 119
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 88 82 60 30
CYMBALTA 87 85 61 44
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 85 74 62 82
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 84 78 63 100
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 81 57 64 142
DILANTIN 80 75 65 223
CLONIDINE HCL 80 51 65 54
CEFTRIAXONE 78 69 67 211
ONDANSETRON HCL 78 73 67 230
COUMADIN 76 76 69 163
LATANOPROST 72 57 70 194
DIGOXIN 71 58 71 72
BUSPIRONE HCL 70 58 72 143
JANTOVEN 69 47 73 104
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 68 50 74 148
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 68 65 74 127
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 65 S2 74 60
HALOPERIDOL 67 42 77 176
NEXIUM 66 66 78 22
BACLOFEN 64 24 79 137
SPS 64 64 79 295
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 62 58 81 196
TIMOLOL MALEATE 60 56 82 294
HYDROXYZINE HCL 60 46 R 82 173
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 59 48 84 131
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 59 53 84 91
LEVETIRACETAM 58 45 86 109
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 57 52 87 128
DILTIAZEM HCL 54 54 88 224
LYRICA 54 54 88 90
PAROXETINE HCL 53 53 90 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 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.