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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,681Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 88 out of 2170

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 73 out of 2170

515 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

15% of this provider’s 515 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 515 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 12,280 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
SIMVASTATIN 743 515 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 597 483 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 473 373 3 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 452 340 4 16
FUROSEMIDE 394 282 5 6
MELOXICAM 373 257 6 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 338 264 7 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 313 218 S3 8 7
GABAPENTIN 279 221 9 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 266 192 10 13
NEXIUM 237 146 11 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 232 183 12 12
NAMENDA 203 180 13 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 192 155 14 4
METFORMIN HCL 191 153 15 8
CRESTOR 177 143 16 24
SERTRALINE HCL 176 124 17 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 171 133 18 33
ALLOPURINOL 152 86 19 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 141 112 20 15
CYMBALTA 139 77 21 44
CEFDINIR 124 92 22 192
ENDOCET 124 78 S2 22 106
SINGULAIR 116 73 24 85
BENAZEPRIL HCL 116 84 24 55
SPIRONOLACTONE 115 88 26 71
LISINOPRIL 115 77 26 3
PLAVIX 112 90 28 58
SYNTHROID 112 90 28 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 110 91 30 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 109 81 31 36
CARVEDILOL 108 82 32 26
CLOPIDOGREL 108 92 32 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 108 85 32 11
ATENOLOL 105 95 35 23
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 100 64 36 64
RAMIPRIL 98 43 37 77
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 91 72 38 63
EXELON 89 78 39 119
GLIMEPIRIDE 89 56 39 31
DIPYRIDAMOLE 88 59 R 41 357
PREMARIN 86 52 R 42 145
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 83 73 43 200
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 81 58 44 66
PIROXICAM 81 45 44 385
PROMETHAZINE HCL 79 48 R 46 70
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 79 74 46 82
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 58 48 69
JANUVIA 76 56 49 80
DIOVAN 73 40 50 53
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 54 50 42
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 72 45 52 50
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 72 72 52 97
DIGOXIN 72 64 52 72
METHOCARBAMOL 72 67 R 52 205
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 71 61 56 67
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 71 38 R 56 52
LYRICA 70 49 58 90
DIOVAN HCT 69 55 59 76
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68 54 60 17
SUCRALFATE 67 59 61 197
LEVOFLOXACIN 67 48 61 99
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 53 63 9
KLOR-CON M20 66 61 63 68
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 66 58 63 21
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 66 35 63 142
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 43 67 30
TORSEMIDE 64 52 68 184
CILOSTAZOL 62 52 69 220
RANEXA 61 55 70 457
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 50 71 20
LEFLUNOMIDE 59 52 72 460
BUMETANIDE 59 56 72 191
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 58 27 74 100
ZETIA 58 38 74 78
DONEPEZIL HCL 57 40 76 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 50 77 45
IBUPROFEN 54 41 78 105
PAROXETINE HCL 54 30 78 65
CITALOPRAM HBR 53 40 80 19
TRAMADOL HCL 53 51 80 18
SPIRIVA 52 40 82 49
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 83 110
AVODART 50 47 84 250
SOTALOL 50 45 84 339
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 July 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.