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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Infectious Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,822Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 70

$1.62M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 70

260 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
37%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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
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this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 260 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 260 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 937 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 52%.

Prescription Price

$277 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $401 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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
SODIUM CHLORIDE 336 97 10 1 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 154 49 S3 2 9
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 153 56 3 7
ISENTRESS 153 0 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 131 16 5 8
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 117 17 R 6 55
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 115 0 S2 7 62
CUBICIN 110 22 10 8 43
METHADONE HCL 110 11 S2 8 49
VALACYCLOVIR 108 0 10 16
GABAPENTIN 107 0 11 19
ATRIPLA 96 0 12 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 92 0 13 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 90 53 14 70
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 89 0 S2 15 99
NEXIUM 88 0 16 46
NORVIR 78 0 17 1
OXYCODONE HCL 78 0 S2 17 60
VANCOMYCIN HCL 78 21 17 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74 0 20 58
PAROXETINE HCL 73 0 21 67
CEFTRIAXONE 72 30 22 60
INTELENCE 71 13 23 37
PREZISTA 69 0 24 5
PROMETHAZINE HCL 69 0 R 24 56
LISINOPRIL 68 0 26 13
TRUVADA 64 0 27 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 62 13 28 10
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 61 41 29 84
FUROSEMIDE 61 15 29 25
ACYCLOVIR 59 13 31 42
PREDNISONE 56 12 32 76
CLONIDINE HCL 56 0 32 67
LAMIVUDINE-ZIDOVUDINE 53 0 34 50
OXYCONTIN 53 0 S2 34 72
AZITHROMYCIN 51 0 36 27
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 March 10, 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.