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Prescriber Checkup

HAROLD FERGUSON D.O.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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35,776Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 3001

$1.98M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 3001

918 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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 Ohio
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 918 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 918 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 27,061 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Ohio
FUROSEMIDE 1,186 1,077 1 6
OMEPRAZOLE 1,113 842 2 4
LISINOPRIL 1,053 777 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 936 785 4 3
METFORMIN HCL 847 643 5 9
SIMVASTATIN 836 686 6 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 834 691 7 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 699 497 8 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 689 585 9 5
GABAPENTIN 636 429 10 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 535 433 11 12
SERTRALINE HCL 532 399 12 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 488 314 S3 13 7
MIRTAZAPINE 457 390 14 44
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 435 419 15 15
CLOPIDOGREL 354 296 16 28
CARVEDILOL 348 311 17 25
LANTUS 345 299 18 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 341 337 19 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 337 300 20 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 325 202 21 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 322 259 22 10
TRAZODONE HCL 311 220 23 37
TRAMADOL HCL 307 262 24 17
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 299 252 25 56
ALLOPURINOL 298 258 26 35
NAMENDA 294 275 27 40
PLAVIX 290 244 28 46
RANITIDINE HCL 270 180 29 41
EXELON 266 251 30 108
ATENOLOL 260 194 31 18
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 257 210 32 121
PREDNISONE 253 210 33 39
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 236 202 34 45
CYMBALTA 231 124 35 53
CLONIDINE HCL 224 194 36 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 222 188 37 11
PROMETHAZINE HCL 216 134 R 38 93
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 214 135 39 70
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 210 152 40 80
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 208 158 41 22
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 193 181 S2 42 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 190 149 43 19
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 190 121 43 139
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 186 149 45 97
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 184 147 46 82
NOVOLOG 181 144 47 94
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 176 151 48 99
ROPINIROLE HCL 171 149 49 88
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 171 88 S2 49 81
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 169 130 51 26
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 167 133 52 55
KLOR-CON M20 167 139 52 52
RISPERIDONE 164 98 54 63
SPIRIVA 164 152 54 57
GLIMEPIRIDE 161 133 56 31
IBUPROFEN 160 98 57 74
CEPHALEXIN 159 120 58 86
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 157 142 59 43
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 156 121 60 77
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 155 115 61 119
PEN NEEDLE 154 111 62 128
LEVETIRACETAM 153 97 63 112
PROAIR HFA 153 87 63 30
KLOR-CON M10 150 129 65 138
SUCRALFATE 149 111 66 164
GLIPIZIDE 148 93 67 67
FAMOTIDINE 148 91 67 68
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 146 81 69 143
FENTANYL 143 91 S2 70 76
MELOXICAM 142 113 71 34
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 141 54 72 66
NEXIUM 139 73 73 23
BUSPIRONE HCL 136 94 74 91
AZITHROMYCIN 136 112 74 36
DIGOXIN 132 107 76 65
ONGLYZA 127 122 77 211
HYDRALAZINE HCL 125 115 78 104
NYSTOP 124 102 79 167
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 124 78 R 79 73
FINASTERIDE 123 104 81 92
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 122 92 82 90
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 121 65 83 24
BACLOFEN 118 66 84 125
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 118 51 R 84 127
FLUOXETINE HCL 117 62 86 61
TOPIRAMATE 117 0 86 156
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 116 83 88 42
CEFTRIAXONE 112 95 89 209
LITHIUM CARBONATE 105 0 90 226
KETOCONAZOLE 105 49 90 185
AMOXICILLIN 104 64 92 107
CLOZAPINE 104 19 92 170
GLYBURIDE 98 54 R 94 62
SINGULAIR 94 33 95 95
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 94 94 95 21
PAROXETINE HCL 93 62 97 60
SEROQUEL XR 92 66 98 197
LYRICA 89 30 99 87
COLESTIPOL HCL 88 75 100 336
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 87 87 101 124
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 86 44 R 102 85
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 85 84 103 223
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 84 57 104 181
DIOVAN 84 81 104 50
LIDOCAINE HCL 83 72 106 252
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 82 71 107 232
ABILIFY 82 70 107 144
OLANZAPINE 79 41 109 106
VERAPAMIL ER 79 63 109 102
SPIRONOLACTONE 78 77 111 75
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 78 46 111 126
METHOCARBAMOL 78 52 R 111 179
HUMALOG 76 69 114 207
KLOR-CON 10 76 63 114 160
LOVASTATIN 76 74 114 38
LIDODERM 75 48 117 122
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 75 36 117 103
AVODART 74 26 119 228
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 73 66 120 83
NYSTATIN 73 49 120 149
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 73 63 120 158
JANUVIA 72 48 123 54
TRIMETHOPRIM 70 42 124 394
GALANTAMINE HBR 70 70 124 262
HYDROXYZINE HCL 69 43 R 126 172
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 69 63 126 183
METRONIDAZOLE 68 55 128 260
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 59 128 58
CARBAMAZEPINE 68 0 128 134
OXYCODONE HCL 67 17 S2 131 72
LANSOPRAZOLE 67 21 131 140
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 66 51 133 79
AMIODARONE HCL 65 63 134 201
CELEBREX 65 63 134 89
DICYCLOMINE HCL 65 33 134 202
VENLAFAXINE HCL 65 29 134 171
LEVOFLOXACIN 65 56 134 115
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 65 27 134 169
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 63 63 140 78
DETROL LA 61 51 141 233
METOLAZONE 61 61 141 198
HALOPERIDOL 60 17 143 147
LEXAPRO 60 50 143 222
GENERLAC 59 29 145 173
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 59 13 145 142
SEROQUEL 58 26 147 146
GEMFIBROZIL 57 40 148 117
ENULOSE 57 30 148 192
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 57 32 148 118
MECLIZINE HCL 55 45 151 153
CRESTOR 55 25 151 33
NIFEDIPINE ER 54 44 153 154
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 52 24 R 154 218
INVEGA 51 17 155 307
RAMIPRIL 51 51 155 114
METHOTREXATE 51 50 155 359
TIZANIDINE HCL 50 20 158 101
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 Jan. 26, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.