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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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48,447Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 71

$2.78M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 71

1,007 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
48%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 1,007 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 1,007 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 23,661 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% 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

48 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,611 894 1 5
FUROSEMIDE 1,535 954 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,447 748 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,360 800 4 4
LISINOPRIL 1,341 697 5 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,231 759 6 11
RISPERIDONE 962 417 7 24
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 940 536 8 2
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 907 316 R 9 80
GABAPENTIN 847 400 10 13
METFORMIN HCL 765 261 11 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 750 346 S3 12 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 672 270 13 12
NOVOLIN R 672 316 10 13 75
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 593 383 15 8
TRAMADOL HCL 571 286 16 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 556 432 17 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 555 222 18 38
TRAZODONE HCL 555 251 18 23
HALOPERIDOL 553 196 20 95
LACTULOSE 552 246 21 94
WARFARIN SODIUM 545 411 22 7
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 525 278 23 52
IBUPROFEN 447 202 24 126
ATENOLOL 436 194 25 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 407 137 26 26
KLOR-CON M20 403 181 27 59
RANITIDINE HCL 401 234 28 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 396 186 29 19
MEGESTROL ACETATE 371 217 R 10 30 141
LEVETIRACETAM 362 146 31 49
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 351 210 32 112
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 341 89 33 107
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 330 189 34 20
SERTRALINE HCL 325 142 35 17
CLOPIDOGREL 323 165 36 32
MECLIZINE HCL 321 182 37 142
TAMSULOSIN HCL 317 212 38 34
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 313 152 39 33
OLANZAPINE 310 148 40 65
CLONIDINE HCL 308 141 41 48
INSULIN SYRINGE 302 118 42 119
CLOZAPINE 299 28 43 138
LANTUS 293 153 44 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 290 148 45 47
CILOSTAZOL 280 201 46 155
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 276 148 47 40
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 275 96 48 161
SUCRALFATE 271 71 49 149
SEROQUEL 262 114 50 92
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 258 114 51 134
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 246 134 52 81
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 246 138 52 83
MIRTAZAPINE 242 148 54 15
GEMFIBROZIL 241 88 55 150
MUPIROCIN 236 127 56 126
GLIPIZIDE 235 106 57 70
FLUOXETINE HCL 233 57 58 76
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 231 131 59 16
JANTOVEN 220 159 60 43
PLAVIX 210 118 61 57
FAMOTIDINE 208 80 62 78
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 205 58 63 28
NEXIUM 204 84 64 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 203 109 65 46
CEPHALEXIN 203 87 65 87
PREDNISONE 203 143 65 36
CARVEDILOL 196 71 68 25
ABILIFY 195 75 69 102
LITHIUM CARBONATE 195 75 69 175
CRESTOR 192 97 71 50
LAMOTRIGINE 186 20 72 64
DIPYRIDAMOLE 183 121 R 73 207
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 182 143 74 66
CYMBALTA 177 90 75 31
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 172 79 76 211
SINGULAIR 170 56 77 130
LEVEMIR 168 60 78 136
LOXAPINE 168 45 78 213
NAMENDA 163 146 80 14
ACTOS 156 79 81 151
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 152 84 82 201
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 151 66 83 90
SPIRONOLACTONE 150 71 84 58
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 143 35 85 226
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 140 94 86 21
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 135 52 R 87 99
SPIRIVA 134 68 88 62
PAROXETINE HCL 132 57 89 84
TOPIRAMATE 132 25 89 184
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 132 35 R 89 235
MELOXICAM 131 44 92 79
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 131 78 92 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 129 34 94 35
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 128 80 95 71
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 127 63 S2 96 51
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 77 97 86
AZITHROMYCIN 123 58 98 53
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 120 89 99 44
NYSTATIN 117 46 100 97
HUMULIN R 116 50 101 249
OXCARBAZEPINE 115 0 102 250
PROAIR HFA 115 39 102 108
TRICOR 113 27 104 153
FINASTERIDE 113 94 104 77
ALLOPURINOL 111 54 106 41
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 41 S2 107 140
METOLAZONE 104 68 108 181
LOVASTATIN 104 63 108 96
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 99 57 110 82
NIFEDIPINE ER 98 71 111 215
DIGOXIN 97 84 112 56
CARBAMAZEPINE 95 62 113 121
FENOFIBRATE 94 46 114 113
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 94 56 114 39
PROPRANOLOL HCL 92 28 116 195
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 90 35 117 216
ZYPREXA 90 23 117 260
KETOCONAZOLE 89 30 119 174
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 87 28 120 186
HYDROXYZINE HCL 87 47 R 120 143
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 87 27 120 100
VESICARE 86 34 123 220
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 85 0 124 263
TERAZOSIN HCL 84 50 125 179
HYDRALAZINE HCL 84 60 125 55
BUPROPION HCL SR 83 38 127 216
METFORMIN HCL ER 82 70 128 101
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 81 47 129 267
DIOVAN 81 58 129 61
NOVOLOG 80 15 131 45
PROMETHAZINE HCL 79 29 R 132 85
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 79 42 132 268
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE 78 0 134 270
BENAZEPRIL HCL 76 50 135 89
DILTIAZEM HCL 76 45 135 164
GUANFACINE HCL 75 15 R 137 272
THIORIDAZINE HCL 74 56 R 138 210
VENTOLIN HFA 74 32 138 171
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 74 31 138 72
PREMARIN 74 13 R 138 225
CELEBREX 73 0 142 170
GLIPIZIDE XL 71 0 143 196
RISPERDAL CONSTA 71 0 143 214
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 71 20 143 125
AGGRENOX 69 55 146 135
DETROL LA 69 32 146 232
CARAFATE 68 39 148 279
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 31 149 117
SEROQUEL XR 67 31 149 282
AMOXICILLIN 66 16 151 185
LIPITOR 65 41 152 111
NITROFURANTOIN 65 54 152 197
LEXAPRO 64 30 154 124
KLOR-CON M10 64 53 154 88
TIZANIDINE HCL 63 32 156 182
NIASPAN 63 34 156 243
OLANZAPINE ODT 61 22 158 291
BACLOFEN 61 0 158 67
COMBIVENT 60 30 160 159
AMIODARONE HCL 59 52 161 216
OXYCODONE HCL 59 17 S2 161 54
DICYCLOMINE HCL 59 31 161 251
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-HC 59 41 161 294
EXELON 58 43 165 91
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 57 27 R 166 252
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 20 R 167 137
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 31 167 122
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 54 21 169 186
BUSPIRONE HCL 54 21 169 129
DILANTIN 50 27 171 172
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 50 28 171 313
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 April 30, 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.