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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,650Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 174 out of 2170

$595K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 321 out of 2170

511 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

5% of this provider’s 511 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 511 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 10,479 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

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 744 648 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 479 388 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 418 276 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 372 244 4 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 372 201 S3 4 7
ATENOLOL 322 257 6 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 322 280 6 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 321 288 8 5
LOVASTATIN 277 251 9 34
TRAMADOL HCL 269 210 10 18
GABAPENTIN 261 196 11 14
MIRTAZAPINE 246 197 12 46
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 242 191 13 64
GLIMEPIRIDE 235 184 14 31
SIMVASTATIN 221 152 15 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 207 185 16 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 203 191 17 10
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 183 18 245
LISINOPRIL 188 140 19 3
CARVEDILOL 169 117 20 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL 149 87 21 84
RANITIDINE HCL 134 100 22 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 129 97 23 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 123 106 24 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 104 25 9
ADVAIR DISKUS 117 83 26 45
SERTRALINE HCL 109 87 27 25
KLOR-CON M20 107 67 28 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 97 29 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 101 59 R 30 52
COLCRYS 98 79 31 140
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 97 84 32 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 84 32 20
CLOPIDOGREL 94 79 34 37
KLOR-CON 10 88 77 35 144
LANTUS 87 65 36 51
ALLOPURINOL 87 79 36 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 86 75 38 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 84 84 39 32
DIOVAN 80 48 40 53
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 78 20 S2 41 60
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 76 65 42 36
CEPHALEXIN 75 55 43 120
PROAIR HFA 74 41 44 43
DIGOXIN 74 51 44 72
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 73 50 46 50
GLIPIZIDE 71 67 47 62
MELOXICAM 71 61 47 28
TERAZOSIN HCL 70 70 49 156
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 48 50 71
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 69 46 50 100
PROMETHAZINE HCL 65 28 R 52 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 58 52 30
LEVOXYL 64 36 54 115
DIOVAN HCT 64 60 54 76
CRESTOR 60 32 56 24
ACTOS 60 51 56 108
GLIPIZIDE XL 58 58 58 81
SYNTHROID 58 38 58 27
JANUVIA 58 48 58 80
PLAVIX 53 43 61 58
PREDNISONE 53 38 61 41
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 33 61 127
CITALOPRAM HBR 52 39 64 19
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 36 64 142
CLONIDINE HCL 51 30 66 54
ZETIA 50 45 67 78
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 Feb. 10, 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.