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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,619Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 71

$1.46M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 71

720 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%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

12% of this provider’s 720 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 720 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 19,863 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
LISINOPRIL 957 742 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 876 711 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 812 709 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 719 493 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 680 605 S3 5 9
TRAZODONE HCL 633 501 6 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 553 516 7 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 506 469 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 490 426 9 4
MIRTAZAPINE 483 443 10 15
SIMVASTATIN 482 319 11 5
GABAPENTIN 451 347 12 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 424 392 13 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 402 321 14 12
NAMENDA 393 390 15 14
CYMBALTA 378 270 16 31
RISPERIDONE 361 225 17 24
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 329 310 18 60
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 325 264 19 16
SERTRALINE HCL 296 257 20 17
METFORMIN HCL 279 210 21 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 257 183 22 26
LAMOTRIGINE 253 187 23 64
TRAMADOL HCL 234 190 24 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 229 172 25 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 218 156 26 38
RANITIDINE HCL 218 172 26 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 216 204 28 44
LANTUS 216 215 28 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 183 105 30 19
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 182 175 31 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 176 161 32 63
OLANZAPINE 161 125 33 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL 160 118 34 34
NOVOLOG 153 149 35 45
JANTOVEN 153 111 35 43
OXYCODONE HCL 148 108 S2 37 54
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 142 120 38 40
LACTULOSE 141 124 39 94
CLONIDINE HCL 140 86 40 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 139 126 41 46
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 137 128 42 52
ATENOLOL 136 94 43 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 136 23 43 107
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 136 121 43 39
CEPHALEXIN 135 123 46 87
CLOZAPINE 128 0 47 138
PREDNISONE 127 103 48 36
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 125 93 49 122
AZITHROMYCIN 118 101 50 53
ABILIFY 117 53 51 102
DIOVAN 116 99 52 61
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 114 37 R 53 80
BACLOFEN 114 59 53 67
SPIRIVA 112 86 55 62
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 109 108 56 66
CEFUROXIME 108 102 57 254
CLOPIDOGREL 106 95 58 32
BUSPIRONE HCL 106 80 58 129
TRAVATAN Z 106 86 58 115
SEROQUEL 103 84 61 92
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 99 51 62 27
NYSTOP 98 96 63 193
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 97 54 64 35
NYSTATIN 96 86 65 97
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 96 96 65 21
RISPERDAL CONSTA 96 68 65 214
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 45 68 20
CARVEDILOL 93 63 69 25
HALOPERIDOL 90 41 70 95
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 89 69 71 223
GLIMEPIRIDE 89 75 71 74
HUMALOG 87 79 73 116
DIGOXIN 87 68 73 56
ROPINIROLE HCL 79 61 75 117
PLAVIX 79 69 75 57
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 78 55 77 81
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 77 67 78 28
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 77 49 78 112
CEFTRIAXONE 76 69 80 104
LEVETIRACETAM 75 42 81 49
LYRICA 73 71 82 109
LIDODERM 72 71 83 73
LANSOPRAZOLE 72 58 83 242
FLUCONAZOLE 71 56 85 201
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 38 86 47
ALLOPURINOL 69 64 86 41
PROMETHAZINE HCL 68 36 R 88 85
HYDROXYZINE HCL 67 47 R 89 143
FAMOTIDINE 66 57 90 78
OXYCONTIN 66 42 S2 90 128
INSULIN SYRINGE 66 36 90 119
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 64 48 93 106
MELOXICAM 63 37 94 79
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 63 94 158
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 63 63 94 178
SINGULAIR 62 47 97 130
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 61 31 98 82
LEXAPRO 60 40 99 124
AMOXICILLIN 59 51 100 185
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 50 100 120
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 58 55 102 169
COUMADIN 58 58 102 103
PAROXETINE HCL 58 18 102 84
NEXIUM 56 30 105 42
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 56 42 105 83
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 42 107 72
NOVOLIN R 53 53 108 75
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 44 108 76
FENTANYL 53 43 S2 108 68
LITHIUM CARBONATE 51 16 111 175
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 30 112 133
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 Nov. 30, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.