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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,211Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 100 out of 2170

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 76 out of 2170

411 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%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

8% of this provider’s 411 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 411 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,451 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

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
SIMVASTATIN 879 705 1 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 640 524 2 10
FUROSEMIDE 600 546 3 6
LISINOPRIL 580 460 4 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 535 444 5 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 455 356 S3 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 362 311 7 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 360 330 8 11
METFORMIN HCL 347 233 9 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 234 169 10 31
GABAPENTIN 228 184 11 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223 175 12 20
LANTUS 213 195 13 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 206 174 14 12
NAMENDA 200 200 15 48
WARFARIN SODIUM 199 177 16 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 196 190 17 5
OMEPRAZOLE 179 110 18 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 133 19 9
RISPERIDONE 170 149 20 73
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 159 129 21 66
MIRTAZAPINE 156 141 22 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 154 154 23 32
NOVOLIN R 146 141 24 149
NEXIUM 136 105 25 22
CARVEDILOL 131 112 26 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 99 27 13
LIPITOR 122 121 28 83
ATENOLOL 120 98 29 23
DIGOXIN 117 117 30 72
JANTOVEN 108 108 31 104
CLONIDINE HCL 107 56 32 54
ALLOPURINOL 106 77 33 29
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 103 91 34 75
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 102 82 35 39
FAMOTIDINE 92 81 36 96
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 90 78 37 50
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 90 40 R 37 52
GLYBURIDE 84 76 R 39 118
ADVAIR DISKUS 84 71 39 45
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 83 41 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 82 82 42 19
PREDNISONE 80 72 43 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 61 44 33
LOVASTATIN 77 65 45 34
NIFEDIPINE ER 77 65 45 129
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 76 30 47 142
AZITHROMYCIN 76 62 47 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 74 64 49 17
PLAVIX 74 74 49 58
FENTANYL 73 62 S2 51 87
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 66 52 42
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 72 72 52 82
DIOVAN 70 58 54 53
SPIRIVA 68 61 55 49
PROMETHAZINE HCL 67 55 R 56 70
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 67 60 56 95
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 66 43 R 58 236
HUMALOG 66 59 58 190
SERTRALINE HCL 64 42 60 25
TRAVATAN Z 63 49 61 181
MELOXICAM 61 52 62 28
INSULIN SYRINGE 61 51 62 113
COMBIVENT 58 44 64 112
CRESTOR 58 36 64 24
CELEBREX 57 48 66 89
LATANOPROST 56 56 67 194
GENERLAC 56 41 67 214
TRAMADOL HCL 56 54 67 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 56 67 36
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 46 71 79
CYMBALTA 55 54 71 44
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 43 S2 71 60
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 50 71 99
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 50 75 71
DIOVAN HCT 52 46 76 76
CLOPIDOGREL 51 47 77 37
VENTOLIN HFA 51 44 77 102
PAROXETINE HCL 51 43 77 65
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 Feb. 11, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.