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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,448Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 71

$840K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 71

461 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

7% of this provider’s 461 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 461 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 13,777 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

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 636 565 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 521 457 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 445 429 3 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 428 418 4 7
LISINOPRIL 425 356 5 6
SERTRALINE HCL 408 362 6 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 366 347 7 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 357 330 8 11
SIMVASTATIN 341 287 9 5
GABAPENTIN 308 281 10 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 299 224 S3 11 9
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 264 264 12 106
EXELON 254 254 13 91
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 252 223 14 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 240 219 15 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 235 205 16 16
RISPERIDONE 235 222 16 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 214 204 18 20
GLYBURIDE 213 195 R 19 154
TRAMADOL HCL 185 153 20 22
FINASTERIDE 180 178 21 77
METFORMIN HCL 164 130 22 18
CARVEDILOL 163 150 23 25
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 159 146 24 72
NAMENDA 153 153 25 14
MIRTAZAPINE 148 138 26 15
AZITHROMYCIN 147 140 27 53
ATENOLOL 134 134 28 30
PREDNISONE 118 106 29 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 118 118 29 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 108 108 31 10
ALLOPURINOL 106 98 32 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 90 33 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 101 101 33 12
PLAVIX 101 91 33 57
LANTUS 100 90 36 29
TRAZODONE HCL 99 92 37 23
DIOVAN 97 97 38 61
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 96 95 39 38
HUMALOG 96 93 39 116
PAROXETINE HCL 95 64 41 84
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 94 41 47
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 94 84 43 122
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 91 91 44 27
GLIPIZIDE ER 88 86 45 160
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 87 87 46 33
CLOPIDOGREL 81 67 47 32
RANITIDINE HCL 81 78 47 36
NEXIUM 80 66 49 42
BENAZEPRIL HCL 79 74 50 89
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 75 42 R 51 137
SYNTHROID 74 70 52 68
SPIRIVA 71 70 53 62
CYMBALTA 68 44 54 31
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 60 55 44
PROPRANOLOL HCL 66 41 56 195
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 58 57 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 65 57 58
LEVOFLOXACIN 64 55 59 63
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 46 60 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 48 61 35
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 57 61 81
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 58 57 63 28
CEFTRIAXONE 56 55 64 104
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 47 64 39
MUPIROCIN 55 53 66 126
JANUVIA 54 54 67 98
MICARDIS 54 28 67 307
CRESTOR 52 35 69 50
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 51 34 70 310
DIGOXIN 51 51 70 56
LEVOXYL 51 34 70 203
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 50 49 73 107
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 50 50 73 197
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 Jan. 14, 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.