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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,925Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 301 out of 2170

$563K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 361 out of 2170

418 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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
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this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 418 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 418 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,872 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 539 469 1 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 363 329 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 363 299 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 350 261 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 323 297 5 6
LISINOPRIL 298 253 6 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 276 243 7 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 255 244 8 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 225 191 S3 9 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 177 10 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 207 189 11 11
GABAPENTIN 190 143 12 14
CRESTOR 182 155 13 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 177 153 14 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 175 149 15 15
ATENOLOL 162 126 16 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 152 146 17 31
METFORMIN HCL 151 116 18 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 120 19 9
METFORMIN HCL ER 143 119 20 35
TRAZODONE HCL 142 101 21 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 131 111 22 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 131 118 22 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 124 108 24 30
TRAMADOL HCL 119 99 25 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 84 26 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 98 73 27 39
PREDNISONE 94 80 28 41
NEXIUM 88 62 29 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 69 30 21
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 11 S2 31 74
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 81 71 31 201
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 76 76 33 93
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 70 34 50
OXYCODONE HCL 74 30 S2 34 56
CLOPIDOGREL 71 67 36 37
GLIPIZIDE ER 68 59 37 86
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 67 60 38 82
ALLOPURINOL 66 55 39 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 65 63 40 36
SERTRALINE HCL 63 52 41 25
PLAVIX 63 61 41 58
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 40 41 59
FENOFIBRATE 62 38 44 57
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 59 45 92
MELOXICAM 60 34 46 28
CARVEDILOL 56 48 47 26
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56 54 47 110
MIRTAZAPINE 55 52 49 46
DIGOXIN 54 49 50 72
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 47 50 66
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 53 42 52 135
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 53 52 71
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53 41 52 33
RANITIDINE HCL 51 47 55 40
CYMBALTA 50 38 56 44
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 Dec. 22, 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.