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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,430Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 71

$1.58M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 71

549 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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 549 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 549 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 19,683 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

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 30.


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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 895 808 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 756 622 2 3
LISINOPRIL 669 605 3 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 637 540 4 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 551 484 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 542 501 6 5
MIRTAZAPINE 499 434 7 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL 448 410 8 55
RISPERIDONE 434 414 9 24
GABAPENTIN 431 335 10 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 428 381 11 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 387 308 12 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 385 349 13 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 379 322 14 12
LANTUS 332 264 15 29
SERTRALINE HCL 330 291 16 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 292 270 17 16
PAROXETINE HCL 285 245 18 84
BACLOFEN 273 145 19 67
CARVEDILOL 266 221 20 25
TRAZODONE HCL 259 249 21 23
LIDODERM 257 223 22 73
TRAMADOL HCL 252 216 23 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 247 244 24 10
NOVOLOG 244 196 25 45
JANTOVEN 228 207 26 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 226 165 27 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 206 146 28 27
ALLOPURINOL 204 169 29 41
LEVETIRACETAM 192 152 30 49
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 176 133 31 28
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 172 124 32 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 171 135 33 34
GLIPIZIDE 166 160 34 70
METFORMIN HCL 157 130 35 18
NOVOLIN R 154 139 36 75
PREDNISONE 150 136 37 36
CLOPIDOGREL 146 131 38 32
LATANOPROST 141 113 39 114
CLONIDINE HCL 139 129 40 48
AVELOX 139 129 40 163
RANITIDINE HCL 137 106 42 36
LYRICA 136 118 43 109
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 108 44 44
ADVAIR DISKUS 131 102 45 47
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 130 115 46 21
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 127 101 47 131
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 126 103 48 20
KLOR-CON M10 123 115 49 88
NAMENDA 122 122 50 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 118 111 51 35
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 112 92 52 33
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 111 99 53 38
ATENOLOL 110 110 54 30
OXYCODONE HCL 109 69 S2 55 54
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 106 60 56 83
CEFTRIAXONE 105 92 57 104
FINASTERIDE 101 101 58 77
TRAVATAN Z 101 98 58 115
SYNTHROID 100 100 60 68
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 96 73 61 46
SPIRIVA 95 82 62 62
VENLAFAXINE HCL 91 79 63 151
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 90 76 64 66
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 87 75 65 193
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 87 63 65 81
KETOCONAZOLE 85 60 67 174
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 74 S2 68 51
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 81 51 69 100
SODIUM CHLORIDE 79 63 70 268
TERAZOSIN HCL 78 76 71 179
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 63 72 52
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 77 73 72 122
NYSTATIN 76 47 74 97
LEVOFLOXACIN 75 63 75 63
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 75 56 75 82
ABILIFY 73 62 77 102
CYMBALTA 72 57 78 31
KLOR-CON M20 72 67 78 59
PLAVIX 71 62 80 57
AGGRENOX 71 52 80 135
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 57 80 58
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 69 63 83 72
PROMETHAZINE HCL 68 53 R 84 85
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 67 62 R 85 80
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 59 86 40
VANCOMYCIN HCL 66 48 86 237
SANTYL 66 50 86 147
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 65 65 89 246
CALCIUM ACETATE 65 43 89 285
FLUOXETINE HCL 64 36 91 76
LAMOTRIGINE 64 23 91 64
LACTULOSE 64 64 91 94
DIGOXIN 63 63 94 56
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 63 63 94 244
TORSEMIDE 62 55 96 145
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 47 96 120
DIOVAN 60 60 98 61
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 57 S3 98 9
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 60 56 98 219
LABETALOL HCL 58 36 101 155
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 57 47 102 139
LIDOCAINE HCL 55 49 103 176
FAMOTIDINE 55 51 103 78
AMIODARONE HCL 55 47 103 216
FENTANYL 54 39 S2 106 68
HUMALOG 53 35 107 116
OLANZAPINE 53 46 107 65
CLONIDINE 53 32 107 248
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 49 110 39
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 51 41 111 112
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 51 44 111 93
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 0 R 113 99
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 Aug. 3, 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.