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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,241Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 307

$832K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 307

483 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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
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this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 483 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 483 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 14,265 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $88 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 682 674 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 672 632 2 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 565 528 3 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 426 394 4 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 424 410 5 3
LISINOPRIL 393 384 6 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 371 360 7 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 349 335 8 9
OMEPRAZOLE 331 288 9 1
CARVEDILOL 316 307 10 12
LOVASTATIN 303 264 11 68
SIMVASTATIN 285 266 12 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 270 262 13 11
ZETIA 234 234 14 110
GABAPENTIN 232 188 15 8
CRESTOR 229 192 16 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 214 209 17 31
SERTRALINE HCL 187 181 18 29
NAMENDA 170 170 19 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 162 152 20 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 161 161 21 37
CLOPIDOGREL 158 158 22 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 152 146 23 61
SYNTHROID 151 151 24 63
KLOR-CON M20 149 125 25 98
CALCITONIN-SALMON 134 124 26 240
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 133 132 27 90
TRAMADOL HCL 133 123 27 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 132 123 29 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 126 122 30 28
LIPITOR 122 119 31 125
SPIRONOLACTONE 121 105 32 78
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 121 117 32 49
TRAZODONE HCL 120 117 34 34
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 103 S2 35 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 102 36 47
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 116 97 36 89
PLAVIX 115 115 38 52
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 103 39 99
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113 110 39 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 109 109 41 25
NEXIUM 108 103 42 21
RAMIPRIL 107 90 43 62
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 107 106 43 65
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 104 95 45 36
ALLOPURINOL 97 88 46 39
HYDRALAZINE HCL 94 82 47 73
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 88 79 48 35
ATENOLOL 85 85 49 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85 79 49 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 83 80 51 55
VYTORIN 83 83 51 253
DIGOXIN 82 80 53 81
SINGULAIR 79 66 54 70
FAMOTIDINE 79 78 54 128
DIOVAN 77 77 56 50
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 77 77 56 178
MIRTAZAPINE 77 69 56 57
PEN NEEDLE 72 68 59 271
METFORMIN HCL 70 64 60 15
SYMBICORT 70 68 60 136
SUCRALFATE 68 65 62 194
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 67 67 63 119
LANTUS 61 60 64 85
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 58 57 65 75
NOVOLOG 58 58 65 177
RISPERIDONE 57 56 67 33
CYMBALTA 56 42 68 40
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 55 55 69 235
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 52 S3 70 2
BUSPIRONE HCL 54 40 70 192
LEVOFLOXACIN 52 51 72 133
MECLIZINE HCL 51 47 73 239
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 22 R 73 120
AZITHROMYCIN 50 47 75 71
QUINAPRIL HCL 50 33 75 322
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 16, 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.