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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,459Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 120

$1.37M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 120

662 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

3% of this provider’s 662 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 662 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,612 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 49%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $124 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 799 702 1 17
SIMVASTATIN 696 639 2 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 676 574 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 582 505 4 21
CLONIDINE HCL 569 477 5 46
HYDRALAZINE HCL 441 383 6 66
GLIMEPIRIDE 412 368 7 10
ALLOPURINOL 366 336 8 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 353 336 9 25
LISINOPRIL 352 302 10 14
CRESTOR 333 295 11 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 315 281 12 37
ATENOLOL 310 293 13 34
COUMADIN 299 220 14 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 288 277 15 23
OMEPRAZOLE 287 236 16 32
GABAPENTIN 259 218 17 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 223 222 18 29
SYNTHROID 221 220 19 1
CARVEDILOL 219 204 20 36
DIOVAN HCT 212 193 21 63
LANTUS 209 146 22 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 207 168 S3 23 42
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 205 167 24 35
TRAMADOL HCL 198 179 25 57
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 196 144 26 22
METFORMIN HCL 196 176 26 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 185 121 28 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 183 161 29 19
NEXIUM 180 168 30 59
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 170 166 31 73
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 167 139 32 45
DIOVAN 165 154 33 61
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 155 131 34 38
LABETALOL HCL 148 96 35 111
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 141 124 36 55
CLOPIDOGREL 137 125 37 77
PEN NEEDLE 130 107 38 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 125 112 39 52
INSULIN SYRINGE 109 103 40 12
DIGOXIN 109 109 40 103
PAROXETINE HCL 105 94 42 94
LOVASTATIN 104 104 43 71
BENAZEPRIL HCL 102 102 44 104
RAMIPRIL 102 83 44 60
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 79 46 80
KLOR-CON M20 96 75 47 78
SERTRALINE HCL 95 67 48 71
WARFARIN SODIUM 94 89 49 70
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 93 67 50 5
PLAVIX 93 88 50 93
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 83 52 53
EVISTA 88 82 53 126
EXFORGE 88 86 53 92
NIASPAN 84 81 55 95
SPIRIVA 82 78 56 129
FENOFIBRATE 82 75 56 31
OXYCODONE HCL 80 50 S2 58 131
LYRICA 79 44 59 88
NAMENDA 79 69 59 97
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 72 61 132
ONGLYZA 74 60 62 51
BENICAR HCT 73 55 63 112
HUMULIN 70-30 73 59 63 58
LOVAZA 72 67 65 54
VYTORIN 70 70 66 62
LIVALO 67 56 67 141
MELOXICAM 66 56 68 86
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 65 61 69 121
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 65 65 69 145
CYMBALTA 63 44 71 83
PROPRANOLOL HCL 62 52 72 148
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 55 72 148
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 56 74 89
BENICAR 59 47 75 108
CELEBREX 58 55 76 87
WELCHOL 56 51 77 98
NOVOLOG 55 30 78 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 54 54 79 90
ARICEPT 54 35 79 153
ZETIA 54 54 79 40
AZOR 53 53 82 113
GLIPIZIDE 52 42 83 39
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 52 83 156
LEVEMIR 51 29 85 49
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 48 R 85 123
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 48 85 122
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 50 50 88 161
NOVOLIN N 50 34 88 91
NOVOLIN 70-30 50 37 88 84
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 40 88 105
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 May 8, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.