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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,098Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 2170

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 47 out of 2170

880 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55%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

28% of this provider’s 880 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 880 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 13,766 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 968 418 S3 1 7
OMEPRAZOLE 793 402 2 2
GABAPENTIN 748 334 3 14
FUROSEMIDE 652 468 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 629 493 5 1
LISINOPRIL 598 346 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 564 448 7 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 485 330 8 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 463 179 9 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 404 262 10 9
ENDOCET 388 153 S2 11 106
METFORMIN HCL 352 227 12 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 336 186 13 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 292 214 14 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 282 188 15 13
RANITIDINE HCL 266 143 16 40
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 266 195 16 5
NEXIUM 253 140 18 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 252 228 19 32
SERTRALINE HCL 251 150 20 25
PROMETHAZINE HCL 250 105 R 21 70
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 243 129 22 12
CLOPIDOGREL 243 173 22 37
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 243 155 S2 22 60
ATENOLOL 217 132 25 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 217 151 25 50
PROAIR HFA 206 123 27 43
PLAVIX 186 127 28 58
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 183 74 S2 29 74
SINGULAIR 182 138 30 85
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 179 59 R 31 52
RAMIPRIL 173 130 32 77
ROPINIROLE HCL 169 111 33 92
CARISOPRODOL 168 48 R 34 111
AMOXICILLIN 167 95 35 114
CLONIDINE HCL 164 114 36 54
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 164 93 36 20
TRAZODONE HCL 161 65 38 38
NAMENDA 154 141 39 48
ALLOPURINOL 154 90 39 29
CARVEDILOL 146 79 41 26
NIFEDIPINE ER 145 100 42 129
SPIRIVA 144 100 43 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 143 111 44 15
NAPROXEN 142 58 45 107
TRAMADOL HCL 139 94 46 18
FENTANYL 137 53 S2 47 87
HYDRALAZINE HCL 133 110 48 84
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 130 46 R 49 61
TIZANIDINE HCL 129 55 50 123
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 125 58 51 127
MIRTAZAPINE 124 81 52 46
CRESTOR 124 62 52 24
LANTUS 120 89 54 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 119 63 55 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 117 87 56 11
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 115 79 57 157
ADVAIR DISKUS 109 68 58 45
EXELON 106 106 59 119
VENTOLIN HFA 104 49 60 102
METHOCARBAMOL 100 39 R 61 205
CITALOPRAM HBR 98 63 62 19
LACTULOSE 98 52 62 125
MECLIZINE HCL 96 68 64 134
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 62 65 39
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 92 39 66 174
NOVOLOG 91 73 67 98
CEPHALEXIN 90 56 68 120
OXYCODONE HCL 89 47 S2 69 56
LIPITOR 88 66 70 83
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 51 71 21
GLIPIZIDE XL 84 62 72 81
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83 73 73 33
NITROSTAT 81 55 74 227
PAROXETINE HCL 78 31 75 65
FLUCONAZOLE 77 30 76 158
METFORMIN HCL ER 76 49 77 35
GLIPIZIDE 72 64 78 62
PREMARIN 70 30 R 79 145
LEVETIRACETAM 67 20 80 109
HYDROXYZINE HCL 67 14 R 80 173
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 66 47 82 93
LANSOPRAZOLE 65 41 83 165
MELOXICAM 64 32 84 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 46 85 42
IBUPROFEN 63 23 85 105
COLCRYS 62 37 87 140
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 38 88 69
VERAPAMIL ER 61 44 88 94
FINASTERIDE 60 49 90 122
BACLOFEN 59 31 91 137
DIGOXIN 59 54 91 72
AZITHROMYCIN 59 38 91 47
FAMOTIDINE 59 41 91 96
RISPERIDONE 57 29 95 73
CELEBREX 56 40 96 89
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 28 97 64
DIOVAN HCT 53 19 97 76
DIOVAN 52 39 99 53
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 26 100 71
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 March 10, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.