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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,600Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 92 out of 2170

$901K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 104 out of 2170

540 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%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

5% of this provider’s 540 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 540 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 11,754 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
OMEPRAZOLE 540 370 1 2
LISINOPRIL 529 422 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 467 336 3 4
METFORMIN HCL 426 316 4 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 367 325 5 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 340 296 6 11
FUROSEMIDE 337 245 7 6
CARVEDILOL 331 234 8 26
SIMVASTATIN 299 225 9 1
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 281 144 10 20
MIRTAZAPINE 274 269 11 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 246 228 12 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 242 163 13 12
GABAPENTIN 240 163 14 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 237 165 15 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 230 169 16 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 216 155 17 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 210 149 18 16
TRAMADOL HCL 196 101 19 18
LOVASTATIN 194 139 20 34
RANITIDINE HCL 186 133 21 40
TRAZODONE HCL 185 92 22 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 180 115 23 19
CILOSTAZOL 180 133 23 220
NAPROXEN 170 120 25 107
NAMENDA 166 154 26 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 161 149 27 33
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 160 104 28 5
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 155 64 R 29 61
SERTRALINE HCL 152 118 30 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 121 31 9
ADVAIR DISKUS 146 98 32 45
COLCRYS 146 137 32 140
SPIRONOLACTONE 144 86 34 71
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 140 132 35 91
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 132 117 36 21
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 128 88 37 79
PREDNISONE 124 57 38 41
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 121 80 39 252
NEXIUM 118 69 40 22
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 117 89 41 148
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 116 112 42 88
GLIMEPIRIDE 115 86 43 31
GLIPIZIDE ER 115 109 43 86
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 87 45 42
SPIRIVA 105 80 46 49
LEVOXYL 103 48 47 115
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 103 61 47 17
ATENOLOL 98 80 49 23
FINASTERIDE 96 87 50 122
PLAVIX 95 87 51 58
CYMBALTA 94 50 52 44
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 90 69 53 75
RISPERIDONE 88 60 54 73
ALLOPURINOL 88 54 54 29
CRESTOR 88 42 54 24
CHLORTHALIDONE 86 80 57 166
CLOPIDOGREL 86 71 57 37
LEVETIRACETAM 85 59 59 109
FLUOXETINE HCL 84 42 60 59
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 80 61 84
JANUVIA 80 51 62 80
CLONIDINE HCL 79 35 63 54
ONGLYZA 77 77 64 216
KLOR-CON M20 76 43 65 68
METFORMIN HCL ER 76 43 65 35
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 75 56 67 93
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 39 68 161
SINGULAIR 71 43 69 85
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 67 45 70 100
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 42 S3 71 7
PROAIR HFA 65 36 72 43
GLIPIZIDE 64 33 73 62
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 64 49 R 73 172
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 55 73 39
LANTUS 64 55 73 51
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 33 S2 77 60
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 62 25 R 78 52
NABUMETONE 60 40 79 183
MELOXICAM 60 39 79 28
AZITHROMYCIN 60 52 79 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 46 82 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 48 83 69
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 53 53 84 188
SEROQUEL 50 47 85 168
CEFUROXIME 50 38 85 175
VENTOLIN HFA 50 19 85 102
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.