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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,669Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 173 out of 2170

$779K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 161 out of 2170

548 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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 548 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 548 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 10,220 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 $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 575 447 1 5
LISINOPRIL 564 483 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 560 503 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 490 331 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 469 412 5 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 462 315 S3 6 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 385 310 7 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 276 230 8 10
FUROSEMIDE 266 210 9 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 260 201 10 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 256 194 11 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 253 212 12 13
NEXIUM 223 141 13 22
METFORMIN HCL 222 136 14 8
CRESTOR 201 97 15 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 185 147 16 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 182 150 17 19
TRAMADOL HCL 165 152 18 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 164 134 19 11
ATENOLOL 162 132 20 23
GABAPENTIN 158 81 21 14
GLIPIZIDE XL 142 124 22 81
SERTRALINE HCL 141 99 23 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 124 89 24 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 122 111 25 15
TRAZODONE HCL 114 82 26 38
LIPITOR 111 97 27 83
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 105 86 28 39
GEMFIBROZIL 103 60 29 121
MELOXICAM 95 84 30 28
CYMBALTA 94 76 31 44
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 93 81 32 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 91 65 33 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 90 81 34 50
METHOCARBAMOL 90 66 R 34 205
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 75 36 42
OXYCODONE HCL 82 18 S2 37 56
SYNTHROID 81 81 38 27
CARVEDILOL 77 59 39 26
CLOPIDOGREL 77 58 39 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 75 71 41 21
PROAIR HFA 74 34 42 43
GLIPIZIDE ER 73 62 43 86
CEFUROXIME 72 50 44 175
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 72 0 S2 44 124
METFORMIN HCL ER 70 51 46 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 46 46 45
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70 62 R 46 61
KLOR-CON M20 69 52 49 68
ALLOPURINOL 69 42 49 29
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 66 45 51 75
RANITIDINE HCL 65 43 52 40
CLONIDINE HCL 63 34 53 54
GLIMEPIRIDE 62 36 54 31
DIGOXIN 60 60 55 72
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 53 56 69
RISPERIDONE 57 41 57 73
PLAVIX 56 49 58 58
CHLORTHALIDONE 55 53 59 166
PAROXETINE HCL 53 23 60 65
COMBIVENT 53 38 60 112
DONEPEZIL HCL 51 47 62 32
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 Sept. 4, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.