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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,663Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 67 out of 2170

$881K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 109 out of 2170

707 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

18% of this provider’s 707 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 707 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 11,047 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,234 538 S3 1 7
OMEPRAZOLE 762 572 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 525 396 3 1
LISINOPRIL 467 317 4 3
SYNTHROID 418 316 5 27
NEXIUM 411 192 6 22
MELOXICAM 389 266 7 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 369 221 8 17
TRAMADOL HCL 359 233 9 18
FUROSEMIDE 347 248 10 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 323 239 11 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 303 233 12 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 301 219 13 9
OXYCODONE HCL 279 90 S2 14 56
CITALOPRAM HBR 276 167 15 19
METFORMIN HCL 273 135 16 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 265 202 17 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 250 199 18 4
ATENOLOL 220 132 19 23
AZITHROMYCIN 193 119 20 47
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 184 70 R 21 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 178 107 22 16
CLOPIDOGREL 172 139 23 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 162 111 24 12
GABAPENTIN 161 90 25 14
PROMETHAZINE HCL 161 26 R 25 70
PLAVIX 155 123 27 58
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 154 98 28 39
SINGULAIR 154 108 28 85
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 145 126 30 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 143 98 31 50
RANITIDINE HCL 141 76 32 40
WARFARIN SODIUM 137 135 33 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 136 58 34 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 135 76 S2 35 60
METFORMIN HCL ER 131 75 36 35
TRAZODONE HCL 131 67 36 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 128 95 R 38 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 127 37 39 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 125 78 40 75
PROAIR HFA 115 44 41 43
COMBIVENT 114 62 42 112
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 86 43 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 103 79 44 63
ROPINIROLE HCL 97 22 45 92
TAMSULOSIN HCL 94 89 46 33
CELEBREX 93 54 47 89
METHADONE HCL 84 12 S2 48 152
DONEPEZIL HCL 83 83 49 32
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 83 67 49 66
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 82 54 51 157
LIPITOR 81 60 52 83
LEXAPRO 80 68 53 198
CYMBALTA 76 19 54 44
VENTOLIN HFA 76 23 54 102
PAROXETINE HCL 75 61 56 65
GEMFIBROZIL 73 48 57 121
MECLIZINE HCL 70 48 58 134
COLCRYS 69 62 59 140
CLONIDINE HCL 68 34 60 54
KLOR-CON M20 68 38 60 68
ENDOCET 68 0 S2 60 106
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 66 66 63 135
SPIRIVA 66 34 63 49
CARVEDILOL 65 39 65 26
COUMADIN 65 63 65 163
LANTUS 64 51 67 51
GLIPIZIDE XL 63 56 68 81
DIOVAN 63 54 68 53
PREDNISONE 63 44 68 41
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 36 71 71
DIGOXIN 59 59 71 72
DILTIAZEM ER 59 52 71 133
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 57 49 74 128
PREMARIN 57 13 R 74 145
KLOR-CON 10 57 40 74 144
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 31 77 95
NYSTATIN 55 43 78 160
BACLOFEN 54 16 79 137
VERAPAMIL ER 53 53 80 94
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 39 80 69
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 50 80 55
CARISOPRODOL 52 22 R 83 111
IBUPROFEN 52 22 83 105
NITROSTAT 50 30 85 227
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 24 85 20
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 March 10, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.