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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,962Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 2170

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 2170

584 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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 584 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 584 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,556 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

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
FUROSEMIDE 708 667 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 573 501 2 5
NAMENDA 563 556 3 48
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 542 518 4 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 521 487 5 32
LISINOPRIL 511 455 6 3
OMEPRAZOLE 477 389 7 2
SIMVASTATIN 444 328 8 1
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 442 426 9 91
MIRTAZAPINE 436 436 10 46
GABAPENTIN 386 359 11 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 362 316 12 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 296 273 13 16
CYMBALTA 294 242 14 44
TRAZODONE HCL 293 257 15 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 257 237 16 19
METFORMIN HCL 255 184 17 8
SERTRALINE HCL 219 195 18 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 207 184 19 63
TRAMADOL HCL 195 154 20 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 194 178 21 36
KETOCONAZOLE 193 180 22 212
JANTOVEN 186 158 23 104
CARVEDILOL 166 166 24 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 162 149 25 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 162 162 25 15
LEVETIRACETAM 150 101 27 109
LIDOCAINE 147 122 28 323
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 145 120 29 128
CLOPIDOGREL 145 133 29 37
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 138 111 S3 31 7
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 132 117 32 75
LIDODERM 129 118 33 162
ATENOLOL 125 99 34 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 116 108 35 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 115 102 36 110
RISPERIDONE 115 105 36 73
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 114 108 38 88
HYDRALAZINE HCL 113 108 39 84
SPIRONOLACTONE 112 99 40 71
PLAVIX 111 107 41 58
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 107 89 42 50
GLIPIZIDE 103 102 43 62
LANTUS 101 59 44 51
TAMIFLU 100 82 45 234
RANITIDINE HCL 97 72 46 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 96 79 47 12
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 96 95 47 82
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 94 89 49 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 93 92 50 30
PROMETHAZINE HCL 91 61 R 51 70
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 89 79 52 69
LACTULOSE 86 86 53 125
EXELON 86 82 53 119
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 85 82 55 131
FLUOXETINE HCL 85 70 55 59
NEXIUM 83 83 57 22
ABILIFY 78 65 58 159
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 76 66 59 95
TRAVATAN Z 76 52 59 181
LEVOFLOXACIN 72 70 61 99
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 69 69 62 232
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 69 62 45
SYNTHROID 69 62 62 27
NOVOLIN R 69 47 62 149
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 60 66 9
PREDNISONE 67 65 67 41
NOVOLIN N 67 57 67 293
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 66 69 33
LOVASTATIN 66 54 69 34
AZITHROMYCIN 65 63 71 47
FAMOTIDINE 65 59 71 96
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65 48 71 79
LATANOPROST 65 57 71 194
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 53 71 11
CEPHALEXIN 64 55 76 120
NOVOLOG 63 43 77 98
LAMOTRIGINE 60 22 78 136
SANTYL 60 58 78 221
GALANTAMINE HBR 60 60 78 274
FLUCONAZOLE 60 54 78 158
AGGRENOX 60 50 78 169
BENAZEPRIL HCL 59 41 83 55
ALLOPURINOL 59 41 83 29
BACLOFEN 59 20 83 137
CLONIDINE HCL 56 48 86 54
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 55 55 87 341
LABETALOL HCL 55 36 87 208
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 54 44 89 100
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 42 R 89 173
LEXAPRO 53 45 91 198
DOXEPIN HCL 53 41 91 202
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 52 47 93 126
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 51 46 94 196
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 50 95 92
SINGULAIR 50 48 95 85
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 15, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.