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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,136Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 71

$1.99M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 71

574 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

25% of this provider’s 574 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 574 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 28,998 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

59 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 30.


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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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,692 1,528 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 1,259 1,113 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,075 944 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 917 748 S3 4 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 752 686 5 4
NAMENDA 731 715 6 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 730 641 7 12
OMEPRAZOLE 710 621 8 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 706 613 9 8
LISINOPRIL 675 568 10 6
TRAZODONE HCL 671 572 11 23
CYMBALTA 647 543 12 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 631 596 13 10
SIMVASTATIN 630 507 14 5
SERTRALINE HCL 582 504 15 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 483 440 16 11
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 473 390 17 27
GABAPENTIN 443 381 18 13
MIRTAZAPINE 436 414 19 15
LANTUS 426 352 20 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 418 363 21 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 409 356 22 63
OXYCODONE HCL 396 311 S2 23 54
LAMOTRIGINE 394 346 24 64
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 377 341 25 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 321 287 26 44
TRAMADOL HCL 315 299 27 22
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 312 283 28 81
METFORMIN HCL 299 240 29 18
RANITIDINE HCL 293 267 30 36
NOVOLOG 287 251 31 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 287 260 31 28
KLOR-CON M10 284 249 33 88
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 264 236 34 38
BACLOFEN 258 146 35 67
PREDNISONE 258 216 35 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 257 243 37 20
FENTANYL 250 237 S2 38 68
CLOPIDOGREL 249 211 39 32
RISPERIDONE 245 228 40 24
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 245 227 40 60
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 238 232 42 16
LEVETIRACETAM 231 152 43 49
CEPHALEXIN 230 182 44 87
DIOVAN 228 197 45 61
TAMSULOSIN HCL 225 212 46 34
ALLOPURINOL 198 159 47 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 183 152 48 47
AZITHROMYCIN 175 153 49 53
PLAVIX 159 134 50 57
NEXIUM 155 120 51 42
HUMALOG 155 128 51 116
CARVEDILOL 151 132 53 25
PROMETHAZINE HCL 150 131 R 54 85
LYRICA 150 100 54 109
NYSTATIN 147 116 56 97
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 147 146 56 165
GEMFIBROZIL 145 121 58 150
BUMETANIDE 145 112 58 146
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 145 145 58 66
DIGOXIN 143 136 61 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 140 110 62 72
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 138 134 S2 63 51
ROPINIROLE HCL 138 127 63 117
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 135 124 65 35
OLANZAPINE 134 126 66 65
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 131 129 67 106
TIZANIDINE HCL 130 69 68 182
KLOR-CON M20 129 115 69 59
TRAVATAN Z 122 98 70 115
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 122 100 70 46
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 119 76 S2 72 132
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 116 80 73 186
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 115 65 74 133
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 115 95 74 52
SPIRIVA 109 98 76 62
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 104 51 77 193
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 104 100 77 139
SEROQUEL 103 98 79 92
SPS 100 53 80 257
SPIRONOLACTONE 100 81 80 58
OXYCONTIN 99 74 S2 82 128
GLIPIZIDE 97 80 83 70
LACTULOSE 96 85 84 94
NOVOLIN R 95 75 85 75
CEFTRIAXONE 95 86 85 104
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 64 87 40
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 92 76 88 100
MORPHINE SULFATE 90 66 S2 89 162
JANTOVEN 90 50 89 43
ABILIFY 89 71 91 102
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 84 92 21
CLONIDINE HCL 85 60 93 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 70 94 19
FLUCONAZOLE 82 67 95 201
LIDODERM 81 79 96 73
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 78 60 97 131
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 77 44 98 83
FINASTERIDE 74 73 99 77
PROCRIT 74 68 99 274
DILANTIN 74 27 99 172
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 73 54 102 93
TOBRAMYCIN 73 62 102 275
GLIMEPIRIDE 72 64 104 74
LIPITOR 71 45 105 111
FLUOXETINE HCL 66 43 106 76
PAROXETINE HCL 65 61 107 84
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 59 47 108 167
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 34 R 108 99
METHOTREXATE 59 57 108 252
BUSPIRONE HCL 58 22 111 129
LATANOPROST 58 52 111 114
ATENOLOL 57 57 113 30
HYDROXYZINE HCL 57 48 R 113 143
ESTRADIOL 56 42 R 115 302
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 52 116 82
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 54 32 R 116 80
LITHIUM CARBONATE 53 35 118 175
EXELON 53 45 118 91
COMBIVENT 52 34 120 159
AGGRENOX 51 40 121 135
PHENYTOIN 51 34 121 310
LEVEMIR 50 50 123 136
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 46 123 39
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. 4, 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.