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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,745Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 31

$927K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 31

729 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%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
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in North Carolina
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 729 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 729 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 14,674 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

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,715 1,241 10 1 9
OMEPRAZOLE 837 617 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 811 468 S3 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 737 587 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 715 533 5 3
LISINOPRIL 625 460 6 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 555 428 7 10
METFORMIN HCL 544 302 8 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 526 416 9 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 478 343 10 26
GABAPENTIN 401 292 11 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 344 269 12 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 326 220 13 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 287 227 14 13
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 278 252 15 56
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 261 191 16 7
ALLOPURINOL 242 222 17 29
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 238 152 18 85
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 219 136 19 44
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 218 151 20 81
ATENOLOL 216 182 21 22
RANITIDINE HCL 212 124 22 34
NEXIUM 209 107 23 19
AMOXICILLIN 205 137 24 75
CLOPIDOGREL 197 164 25 24
AZITHROMYCIN 183 131 26 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 178 124 27 17
CLONIDINE HCL 169 161 28 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 161 100 29 40
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 150 130 30 48
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 146 123 31 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 145 74 32 59
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 144 101 33 58
TRAMADOL HCL 144 63 33 16
PLAVIX 143 120 35 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 143 76 35 28
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 142 81 S3 37 115
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 130 84 38 120
PREDNISONE 128 86 39 46
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 128 83 R 39 47
CRESTOR 117 95 41 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 112 64 42 23
MELOXICAM 110 74 43 50
INSULIN SYRINGE 110 83 43 130
MIRTAZAPINE 105 67 45 100
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 104 66 46 21
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 103 25 S2 47 37
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 96 64 48 163
PEN NEEDLE 95 69 49 164
JANUVIA 92 62 50 71
CARVEDILOL 92 75 50 30
SYNTHROID 87 65 52 32
LEVOFLOXACIN 87 61 52 106
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 85 64 54 111
SERTRALINE HCL 85 67 54 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84 67 56 27
HUMULIN 70-30 84 69 56 133
TRAZODONE HCL 84 47 56 25
DIOVAN 82 59 59 45
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 74 60 31
BENAZEPRIL HCL 81 79 60 53
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 48 62 61
SPIRIVA 78 67 63 91
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 77 55 64 42
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 76 51 65 70
NAMENDA 75 74 66 76
LANTUS 74 34 67 98
PAROXETINE HCL 73 54 68 72
DICYCLOMINE HCL 72 39 69 174
PROAIR HFA 69 31 70 55
NIFEDIPINE ER 68 65 71 68
SIMVASTATIN 67 53 72 2
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 51 73 49
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 62 35 74 186
SYMBICORT 62 44 74 104
AMITIZA 61 26 76 188
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 61 31 76 153
LIPITOR 59 41 78 87
FAMOTIDINE 59 34 78 107
DIOVAN HCT 58 55 80 143
NITROFURANTOIN 56 18 81 201
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 39 81 52
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 33 81 77
ONGLYZA 54 32 84 205
KLOR-CON M20 52 19 85 64
BYSTOLIC 51 48 86 90
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 April 24, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.