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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,178Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 31

$1.81M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 31

547 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

22% of this provider’s 547 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 547 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 22,824 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 28.


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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
FUROSEMIDE 1,067 917 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 938 750 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 866 788 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 748 662 4 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 658 574 5 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 594 476 6 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 516 450 7 12
SERTRALINE HCL 505 490 8 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 489 447 S3 9 11
LANTUS 473 385 10 21
GABAPENTIN 468 392 11 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 455 397 12 7
LISINOPRIL 451 398 13 5
MIRTAZAPINE 422 397 14 13
NOVOLOG 358 283 15 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 352 298 16 9
ADVAIR DISKUS 328 281 17 52
FENTANYL 328 302 S2 17 54
OMEPRAZOLE 317 250 19 3
TAMSULOSIN HCL 269 220 20 26
SPIRIVA 252 220 21 51
CYMBALTA 240 194 22 47
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 236 194 23 36
NAMENDA 231 217 24 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 228 190 25 17
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 223 199 26 81
METFORMIN HCL 200 123 27 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 193 175 28 43
RISPERIDONE 189 141 29 26
NEXIUM 180 163 30 38
PREDNISONE 180 161 30 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 175 128 32 47
LYRICA 173 160 33 99
SPIRONOLACTONE 172 166 34 58
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 166 138 35 22
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 165 154 36 37
TRAZODONE HCL 161 112 37 32
FAMOTIDINE 159 147 38 56
CARVEDILOL 157 129 39 29
DIOVAN 157 153 39 63
KLOR-CON M20 150 135 41 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 149 120 42 41
TRAMADOL HCL 146 102 43 25
ALLOPURINOL 145 118 44 49
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 98 45 23
TRAVATAN Z 136 130 46 114
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 136 116 46 20
OXYCODONE HCL 135 123 S2 48 57
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 135 125 48 30
PROMETHAZINE HCL 135 84 R 48 65
DIGOXIN 135 116 48 55
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 134 107 52 18
ENABLEX 129 95 53 167
JANTOVEN 129 129 53 64
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 128 108 S2 55 61
CLOPIDOGREL 127 115 56 31
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 123 106 57 74
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 122 95 58 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 121 107 59 34
RAMIPRIL 121 107 59 76
LEVETIRACETAM 119 73 61 75
ABILIFY 118 86 62 103
AGGRENOX 118 113 62 107
RANITIDINE HCL 115 101 64 33
CEFTRIAXONE 114 105 65 127
PLAVIX 113 98 66 45
HYDRALAZINE HCL 113 95 66 53
JANUVIA 111 86 68 82
VOLTAREN 110 102 69 181
MELOXICAM 109 64 70 62
ATENOLOL 107 98 71 24
VENLAFAXINE HCL 106 82 72 86
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 106 87 72 28
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 105 81 74 134
LATANOPROST 102 98 75 91
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 98 87 76 90
LAMOTRIGINE 97 93 77 150
CARAFATE 95 71 78 189
CLONIDINE HCL 94 75 79 44
FENOFIBRATE 94 57 79 113
GLIMEPIRIDE 94 70 79 50
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 93 54 R 82 97
NOVOLIN R 89 80 83 105
SINGULAIR 88 69 84 101
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 88 82 84 59
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 88 80 84 101
CARBAMAZEPINE 85 48 87 156
NYSTATIN 83 64 88 87
DILTIAZEM HCL 80 60 89 143
SEROQUEL 79 68 90 96
FINASTERIDE 77 77 91 109
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 75 75 92 46
AVODART 72 49 93 201
TIMOLOL MALEATE 71 71 94 205
HALOPERIDOL 70 57 95 80
NIFEDIPINE ER 70 65 95 125
LEVEMIR 70 70 95 206
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 69 53 98 155
BACLOFEN 68 41 99 92
LEVOFLOXACIN 65 62 100 94
KLOR-CON M10 65 41 100 87
TIZANIDINE HCL 65 39 100 209
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 64 58 103 137
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 64 58 103 117
LOVAZA 63 27 105 216
VANCOMYCIN HCL 62 56 106 218
LIDOCAINE HCL 61 53 107 221
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 37 107 118
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 53 107 79
LEXAPRO 61 47 107 133
TAMIFLU 60 57 111 174
DILANTIN 60 47 111 225
COUMADIN 59 59 113 121
MUPIROCIN 59 53 113 163
MECLIZINE HCL 59 49 113 156
RESTASIS 56 56 116 139
MORPHINE SULFATE 55 42 S2 117 236
ALPHAGAN P 55 45 117 236
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 55 53 117 68
LANSOPRAZOLE 55 48 117 128
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 55 47 S2 117 236
OLANZAPINE 53 34 122 70
SUCRALFATE 52 39 123 244
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 34 123 73
GENERLAC 52 52 123 129
AZITHROMYCIN 51 43 126 84
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 51 44 126 178
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 April 3, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.