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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,362Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 71

$1.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 71

481 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 481 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 481 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 10,849 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$76 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,001 564 S3 1 9
OMEPRAZOLE 532 315 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 425 280 3 5
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 421 247 4 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 404 257 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 402 248 6 1
LISINOPRIL 360 206 7 6
NEXIUM 330 202 8 42
CRESTOR 325 174 9 50
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 289 224 10 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 288 239 11 28
TRAMADOL HCL 286 137 12 22
SPIRONOLACTONE 263 158 13 58
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 247 166 14 2
METFORMIN HCL 246 127 15 18
NAPROXEN 244 135 16 173
GABAPENTIN 243 138 17 13
ALLOPURINOL 201 164 18 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 201 120 18 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 196 124 20 74
CARVEDILOL 194 123 21 25
CLOPIDOGREL 190 133 22 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 182 99 23 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 180 64 24 26
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 178 128 25 166
SPIRIVA 171 50 26 62
WARFARIN SODIUM 171 129 26 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 169 112 28 11
ATENOLOL 163 82 29 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 105 30 86
ENDOCET 159 45 S2 31 177
TRAZODONE HCL 157 123 32 23
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 155 30 R 33 99
BENAZEPRIL HCL 152 115 34 89
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 152 106 S2 34 51
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 142 74 S2 36 140
LYRICA 139 54 37 109
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 134 87 38 90
ADVAIR DISKUS 128 50 39 47
PROAIR HFA 122 18 40 108
RANITIDINE HCL 121 63 41 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 116 100 42 125
ACTOS 115 67 43 151
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 105 80 44 27
SERTRALINE HCL 103 91 45 17
PROMETHAZINE HCL 102 55 R 46 85
PLAVIX 101 63 47 57
DIOVAN HCT 100 93 48 118
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 71 49 40
MELOXICAM 96 31 50 79
DIOVAN 93 57 51 61
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 93 38 S2 51 132
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 73 53 19
TRICOR 86 20 54 153
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 83 28 R 55 137
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83 69 55 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 82 37 57 12
OXYCODONE HCL 81 53 S2 58 54
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 72 58 39
LANTUS 79 54 60 29
CILOSTAZOL 77 61 61 155
MIRTAZAPINE 77 51 61 15
LIPITOR 77 47 61 111
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 75 65 64 199
CYMBALTA 73 50 65 31
CARISOPRODOL 70 42 R 66 180
METHADONE HCL 68 24 S2 67 224
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 68 42 67 186
SINGULAIR 67 30 69 130
COMBIVENT 67 12 69 159
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 57 69 21
VENTOLIN HFA 62 26 72 171
COLCRYS 60 30 73 123
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 59 39 74 81
LOVASTATIN 59 28 74 96
CELEBREX 59 26 74 170
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 58 48 77 207
ACTOPLUS MET 58 44 77 295
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 47 77 119
KLOR-CON M20 56 11 80 59
METOLAZONE 54 14 81 181
TRILIPIX 53 21 82 235
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 36 82 72
JANUVIA 53 50 82 98
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 52 31 R 85 252
ULORIC 51 41 86 310
AGGRENOX 51 17 86 135
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 47 88 117
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 June 7, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.