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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,699Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 31

$423K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 31

292 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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 292 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 292 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,328 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$27 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

54 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 28.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 465 420 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 442 431 2 4
NAMENDA 409 403 3 16
OMEPRAZOLE 407 367 4 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 390 371 5 9
FUROSEMIDE 373 359 6 1
GABAPENTIN 354 304 7 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 338 330 8 8
ASPIRIN 337 302 9 111
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 335 319 10 2
VITAMIN D 284 268 11 115
LISINOPRIL 223 217 12 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 215 212 13 12
METFORMIN HCL 189 151 14 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 187 163 15 22
TRAMADOL HCL 182 177 16 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 173 164 17 23
HYDRALAZINE HCL 164 153 18 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 163 161 19 18
ATENOLOL 160 151 20 24
SERTRALINE HCL 160 146 20 15
FERROUS SULFATE 139 139 22 159
RISPERIDONE 138 107 23 26
EXELON 131 126 24 77
MIRTAZAPINE 130 129 25 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 121 121 26 28
RAMIPRIL 116 98 27 76
TAMSULOSIN HCL 112 102 28 26
ASPIRIN EC 111 105 29 178
DOCUSATE SODIUM 110 94 30 181
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 110 103 S3 30 11
LANTUS 101 93 32 21
THEREMS-M 98 92 10 33 187
ADVAIR DISKUS 97 80 34 52
CLONIDINE HCL 96 90 35 44
TRAZODONE HCL 93 81 36 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 93 56 36 7
SENNA PLUS 93 88 36 190
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 89 39 17
DIOVAN 90 90 40 63
CITALOPRAM HBR 89 71 41 10
THEREMS 89 65 10 41 193
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 89 78 41 47
CLOPIDOGREL 88 87 44 31
CARVEDILOL 87 82 45 29
NIFEDIPINE ER 87 87 45 125
VITAMIN B-12 85 57 47 195
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 58 S2 48 61
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 79 49 39
CALCIUM WITH VITAMIN D 78 69 50 198
LORATADINE 78 65 50 198
GLIPIZIDE 78 66 50 60
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 78 71 50 165
JANUVIA 75 65 54 82
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75 75 54 34
NEXIUM 73 63 56 38
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 72 72 57 117
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 71 69 58 161
SPIRIVA 69 58 59 51
COUMADIN 66 59 60 121
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 64 R 61 72
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 63 60 62 20
PEN NEEDLE 62 55 63 169
PAROXETINE HCL 61 55 64 104
NOVOLOG 60 60 65 35
NIFEDIAC CC 59 56 66 227
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 59 54 66 46
CYMBALTA 58 49 68 47
ALLOPURINOL 57 57 69 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 52 69 43
FISH OIL 56 34 71 233
PLAVIX 56 56 71 45
LIDODERM 54 54 73 78
LOVASTATIN 54 54 73 71
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 53 75 144
LATANOPROST 53 53 75 91
ZETIA 52 52 77 244
NOVOLIN R 51 45 78 105
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 50 78 68
VITAMIN C 51 51 78 248
BACLOFEN 51 39 78 92
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 Nov. 18, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.