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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,826Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 166 out of 2170

$1.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 54 out of 2170

502 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
36%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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 502 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 502 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 4,776 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$81 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 489 183 S3 1 7
TRAMADOL HCL 468 148 2 18
OMEPRAZOLE 437 144 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 415 98 4 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 414 199 5 4
LISINOPRIL 405 130 6 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 395 148 7 17
FUROSEMIDE 334 118 8 6
GABAPENTIN 326 85 9 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 315 111 10 11
NEXIUM 313 154 11 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 247 105 12 9
SIMVASTATIN 225 85 13 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 216 73 14 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 182 98 15 5
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 57 16 20
CARVEDILOL 158 66 16 26
PROMETHAZINE HCL 150 45 R 18 70
TRAZODONE HCL 140 32 19 38
LYRICA 138 36 20 90
PROAIR HFA 134 44 21 43
ROPINIROLE HCL 132 26 22 92
TIZANIDINE HCL 132 31 22 123
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 129 56 24 16
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 129 33 R 24 52
MELOXICAM 119 40 26 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 117 26 27 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 115 58 28 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 62 29 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 104 44 30 15
BENAZEPRIL HCL 104 48 30 55
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 101 16 32 79
NAPROXEN 100 43 33 107
COMBIVENT 93 54 34 112
CITALOPRAM HBR 90 12 35 19
GEMFIBROZIL 85 12 36 121
METFORMIN HCL ER 84 26 37 35
ALLOPURINOL 84 50 37 29
LANTUS 81 23 39 51
CLOPIDOGREL 79 13 40 37
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 79 15 40 171
ATENOLOL 75 35 42 23
SPIRIVA 75 16 42 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 74 32 44 32
SYMBICORT 74 27 44 150
PEN NEEDLE 73 0 46 141
GLIMEPIRIDE 72 26 47 31
ESTRADIOL 70 15 R 48 151
CYMBALTA 69 0 49 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 28 49 13
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 30 S2 49 60
SERTRALINE HCL 68 15 52 25
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 66 34 53 101
SPIRONOLACTONE 64 39 54 71
FLUOXETINE HCL 62 0 55 59
DIOVAN HCT 60 31 56 76
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 37 56 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 60 41 56 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 43 56 67
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 0 R 60 61
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 11 61 113
KLOR-CON M20 56 15 62 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 15 62 30
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 56 20 62 148
CRESTOR 54 30 65 24
BUPROPION HCL SR 52 12 66 182
DIGOXIN 51 29 67 72
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 14 67 95
LIPITOR 51 27 67 83
PREMARIN 50 15 R 70 145
PLAVIX 50 14 70 58
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 50 0 R 70 256
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 15, 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.