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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,068Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 31

$814K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 31

503 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

5% of this provider’s 503 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 503 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,068 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 873 553 S3 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 669 508 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 564 447 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 521 400 4 2
SPIRONOLACTONE 428 355 5 40
TRAMADOL HCL 420 300 6 16
METFORMIN HCL 398 317 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 340 294 8 3
ATENOLOL 335 253 9 22
LISINOPRIL 320 246 10 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 284 185 11 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 269 179 12 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 264 238 13 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 210 154 14 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 210 140 14 59
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 210 174 14 13
FELODIPINE ER 208 173 17 113
SERTRALINE HCL 185 140 18 39
GABAPENTIN 173 125 19 14
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 161 161 20 81
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 159 142 21 79
NEXIUM 155 122 22 19
AZITHROMYCIN 151 109 23 33
CRESTOR 143 104 24 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 142 130 25 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 142 94 25 18
IBUPROFEN 137 76 27 67
RANITIDINE HCL 133 115 28 34
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 132 105 29 111
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 130 109 30 9
ALLOPURINOL 129 104 31 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 128 91 32 10
CLOPIDOGREL 125 111 33 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 96 34 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 118 99 35 57
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 118 96 35 61
WARFARIN SODIUM 117 98 37 17
ADVAIR DISKUS 116 79 38 49
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 108 100 39 52
NAMENDA 106 96 40 76
BYSTOLIC 106 77 40 90
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 103 37 R 42 47
FLUCONAZOLE 96 81 43 112
CARVEDILOL 95 73 44 30
MIRTAZAPINE 92 85 45 100
DONEPEZIL HCL 92 75 45 38
SINGULAIR 90 57 47 101
DIGOXIN 90 83 47 66
PLAVIX 88 80 49 35
ESTRADIOL 86 70 R 50 167
PROAIR HFA 85 40 51 55
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 43 51 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 55 53 28
NAPROXEN 77 54 54 69
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 76 35 55 124
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 49 56 77
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 74 72 56 56
PROMETHAZINE HCL 74 35 R 56 74
GUANFACINE HCL 74 73 R 56 173
DIOVAN 73 64 60 45
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 57 61 44
CITALOPRAM HBR 70 56 62 23
TRAZODONE HCL 66 28 63 25
ZETIA 62 35 64 73
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 59 65 53
SPIRIVA 60 40 66 91
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 60 50 66 12
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 44 68 103
BENICAR HCT 58 49 69 195
VENTOLIN HFA 58 30 69 110
CELEBREX 56 51 71 88
PERPHENAZINE 56 47 71 201
GLIPIZIDE 56 44 71 63
GLIMEPIRIDE 55 50 74 26
JANUVIA 54 26 75 71
KLOR-CON M20 54 39 75 64
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 52 33 77 206
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 45 78 65
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 Aug. 14, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.