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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,855Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 2170

$1.35M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 2170

587 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

12% of this provider’s 587 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 587 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 20,547 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 918 881 1 15
FUROSEMIDE 826 765 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 822 728 3 4
NAMENDA 557 545 4 48
SIMVASTATIN 548 508 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 543 457 6 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 530 530 7 32
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 483 402 S3 8 7
MIRTAZAPINE 472 443 9 46
LISINOPRIL 470 431 10 3
CARVEDILOL 455 406 11 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 453 417 12 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 411 394 13 5
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 389 344 14 63
CITALOPRAM HBR 353 314 15 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 352 328 16 10
JANTOVEN 345 342 17 104
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 321 319 18 11
LANTUS 236 183 19 51
RANITIDINE HCL 235 220 20 40
TRAVATAN Z 217 205 21 181
SPIRONOLACTONE 214 195 22 71
METFORMIN HCL 210 194 23 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 201 174 24 33
HYDRALAZINE HCL 191 150 25 84
SERTRALINE HCL 188 184 26 25
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 185 170 27 88
CYMBALTA 182 156 28 44
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 177 171 29 91
CLONIDINE HCL 173 147 30 54
LEVETIRACETAM 170 128 31 109
EXELON 170 170 31 119
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 169 155 33 75
DIOVAN 164 151 34 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 159 155 35 21
GABAPENTIN 155 123 36 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 149 138 37 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 146 130 38 45
TRAMADOL HCL 146 133 38 18
TRAZODONE HCL 141 123 40 38
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 136 127 41 95
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 136 133 41 131
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 115 41 20
NOVOLOG 133 123 44 98
RISPERIDONE 132 102 45 73
GLIPIZIDE 132 121 45 62
PREDNISONE 127 119 47 41
CLOPIDOGREL 127 122 47 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 99 49 9
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 116 108 50 69
LACTULOSE 114 96 51 125
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 111 99 52 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 82 53 12
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 99 99 54 110
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 95 86 55 278
SYNTHROID 92 80 56 27
FINASTERIDE 89 89 57 122
CRESTOR 88 74 58 24
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 88 64 R 58 52
SPIRIVA 86 85 60 49
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 86 84 60 128
PROMETHAZINE HCL 86 77 R 60 70
LATANOPROST 85 85 63 194
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85 59 63 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 82 65 39
SEROQUEL 84 76 65 168
PLAVIX 82 80 67 58
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 74 68 13
LEVOFLOXACIN 80 75 69 99
BACLOFEN 79 67 70 137
CLONIDINE 79 77 70 263
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 77 66 72 126
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 70 73 30
NEXIUM 69 60 74 22
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 68 48 75 142
LIDODERM 66 65 76 162
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 50 76 79
FENTANYL 65 46 S2 78 87
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64 64 79 82
ALLOPURINOL 64 63 79 29
NIFEDIPINE ER 60 60 81 129
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 58 57 82 50
VENLAFAXINE HCL 58 58 82 225
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 56 41 84 171
NYSTATIN 56 46 84 160
DILTIAZEM ER 56 56 84 133
DIGOXIN 55 55 87 72
LEXAPRO 55 49 87 198
KLOR-CON M10 55 55 87 132
MELOXICAM 54 51 90 28
HUMALOG 53 42 91 190
AMITIZA 50 47 92 267
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 36 92 92
LIDOCAINE HCL 50 49 92 238
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 June 1, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.