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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,005Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 64 out of 2170

$1.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 2170

579 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

15% of this provider’s 579 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 579 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 12,960 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$63 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 585 475 1 2
LISINOPRIL 569 401 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 559 463 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 548 477 4 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 411 327 5 10
SIMVASTATIN 405 330 6 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 354 298 7 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 338 273 8 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 319 233 9 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 311 183 S3 10 7
METFORMIN HCL 285 155 11 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 285 216 11 15
GABAPENTIN 256 156 13 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 254 127 14 17
CRESTOR 246 180 15 24
RAMIPRIL 243 196 16 77
MIRTAZAPINE 239 227 17 46
TRAMADOL HCL 218 187 18 18
ATENOLOL 211 157 19 23
LACTULOSE 199 185 20 125
NEXIUM 189 102 21 22
HYDRALAZINE HCL 184 138 22 84
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 175 115 23 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 173 141 24 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 172 148 25 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 164 164 26 32
SERTRALINE HCL 161 133 27 25
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 160 82 S2 28 60
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 157 127 29 13
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 155 112 30 174
CARVEDILOL 153 95 31 26
ENDOCET 151 47 S2 32 106
LEVOFLOXACIN 147 114 33 99
CLOPIDOGREL 138 92 34 37
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 130 121 35 63
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 125 98 36 50
LOVASTATIN 118 73 37 34
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 116 102 38 69
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 89 39 21
CYMBALTA 111 19 40 44
SINGULAIR 110 64 41 85
NAMENDA 107 107 42 48
AZITHROMYCIN 106 71 43 47
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 105 28 R 44 52
PLAVIX 105 67 44 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 104 77 46 36
MELOXICAM 104 87 46 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 101 77 48 67
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 86 48 33
FENTANYL 99 55 S2 50 87
PREDNISONE 96 46 51 41
ALLOPURINOL 96 77 51 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 68 53 39
LYRICA 88 28 54 90
CLONIDINE HCL 87 72 55 54
PROMETHAZINE HCL 85 48 R 56 70
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 83 56 57 100
LEVEMIR 80 65 58 195
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 62 59 30
ROPINIROLE HCL 78 58 60 92
LANTUS 77 77 61 51
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 77 62 61 185
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 76 47 63 157
RANITIDINE HCL 74 47 64 40
ZETIA 72 41 65 78
CARISOPRODOL 71 0 R 66 111
DIOVAN 70 30 67 53
GLIMEPIRIDE 69 61 68 31
DEXILANT 69 23 68 199
BENAZEPRIL HCL 67 67 70 55
JANUVIA 67 58 70 80
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 45 72 45
VALPROIC ACID 65 65 73 222
PROAIR HFA 65 36 73 43
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 31 75 116
RIVASTIGMINE 64 64 75 295
SYMBICORT 63 30 77 150
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 61 43 78 261
NOVOLOG 61 60 78 98
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 30 S2 80 74
KLOR-CON M20 59 47 80 68
LEVETIRACETAM 59 39 80 109
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 58 43 83 95
TORSEMIDE 56 27 84 184
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 54 25 85 126
PREMARIN 53 0 R 86 145
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 26 87 20
PAROXETINE HCL 52 27 87 65
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 27 R 89 61
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 50 38 90 200
SPIRIVA 50 27 90 49
FLUCONAZOLE 50 21 90 158
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 Oct. 6, 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.