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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,167Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 71

$934K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 71

482 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

16% of this provider’s 482 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 482 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,675 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% 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 $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 418 372 1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 403 383 2 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 369 364 3 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 354 313 4 11
OMEPRAZOLE 338 288 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 296 283 6 1
SIMVASTATIN 288 256 7 5
LISINOPRIL 247 214 8 6
GABAPENTIN 245 221 9 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 244 232 10 10
JANTOVEN 242 242 11 43
NEXIUM 230 195 12 42
NAMENDA 226 226 13 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 212 171 14 4
CARVEDILOL 202 189 15 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 197 188 16 40
ALLOPURINOL 196 176 17 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 183 164 18 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 181 163 19 12
METFORMIN HCL 179 153 20 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 177 163 21 35
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 177 133 21 93
CLOPIDOGREL 176 170 23 32
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 171 151 S3 24 9
CRESTOR 170 153 25 50
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 161 155 26 27
FAMOTIDINE 149 143 27 78
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 148 143 28 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 144 125 29 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 141 141 30 34
SERTRALINE HCL 140 129 31 17
GALANTAMINE HBR 135 131 32 168
ADVAIR DISKUS 133 117 33 47
FENTANYL 130 130 S2 34 68
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 127 113 35 52
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 121 119 S2 36 51
TRAMADOL HCL 119 100 37 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 115 87 38 26
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 113 109 39 46
AZITHROMYCIN 109 102 40 53
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 87 41 19
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 102 85 42 167
BUMETANIDE 102 89 42 146
OXYCODONE HCL 101 88 S2 44 54
LOVASTATIN 101 91 44 96
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 100 99 46 44
PLAVIX 97 92 47 57
LEVETIRACETAM 95 86 48 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 88 78 49 16
CEFTRIAXONE 87 87 50 104
SINGULAIR 87 65 50 130
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 83 83 52 60
SPIRIVA 79 61 53 62
LEVEMIR 76 73 54 136
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 75 75 55 205
ATENOLOL 72 72 56 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 55 56 110
RAMIPRIL 70 49 58 105
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 70 70 58 66
MIRTAZAPINE 70 62 58 15
PROMETHAZINE HCL 68 61 R 61 85
NOVOLIN R 66 65 62 75
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 64 64 63 106
DIGOXIN 64 64 63 56
RISPERIDONE 64 51 63 24
FENOFIBRATE 62 61 66 113
CEFPROZIL 62 55 66 290
HYDRALAZINE HCL 61 61 68 55
TRAZODONE HCL 58 48 69 23
NITROFURANTOIN 57 57 70 197
LIDOCAINE HCL 57 57 70 176
NITROSTAT 57 50 70 247
FINASTERIDE 56 56 73 77
KLOR-CON M20 56 48 73 59
PAROXETINE HCL 56 44 73 84
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 55 35 76 207
RANITIDINE HCL 55 55 76 36
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 53 45 78 112
AMOXICILLIN 51 39 79 185
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 50 41 80 20
MELOXICAM 50 37 80 79
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 Dec. 28, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.