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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,351Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 226 out of 2170

$796K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 153 out of 2170

261 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

11% of this provider’s 261 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 261 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,712 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 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 630 584 1 5
NAMENDA 429 427 2 48
LISINOPRIL 360 335 3 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 335 274 4 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 294 275 5 16
FUROSEMIDE 288 270 6 6
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 284 255 7 91
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 282 252 S3 8 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 261 234 9 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 260 260 10 32
OMEPRAZOLE 256 231 11 2
NOVOLOG 242 209 12 98
METFORMIN HCL 201 176 13 8
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 185 179 14 63
SIMVASTATIN 168 151 15 1
SERTRALINE HCL 166 145 16 25
LIDOCAINE HCL 161 144 17 238
CITALOPRAM HBR 160 137 18 19
CARVEDILOL 150 136 19 26
LANTUS 147 135 20 51
CEFTRIAXONE 145 124 21 211
HYDROXYZINE HCL 144 134 R 22 173
RANITIDINE HCL 124 114 23 40
BUMETANIDE 123 106 24 191
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 118 105 25 167
PREDNISONE 114 97 26 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 111 111 27 21
LEVEMIR 110 106 28 195
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 107 96 29 75
JANTOVEN 106 97 30 104
GABAPENTIN 106 86 30 14
FENOFIBRATE 94 45 32 57
RISPERIDONE 91 63 33 73
BUDESONIDE 91 79 33 367
CYMBALTA 89 86 35 44
JANUVIA 87 84 36 80
KENALOG-40 85 73 10 37 426
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 82 79 38 13
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 76 38 69
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 81 70 40 95
ROPINIROLE HCL 80 71 41 92
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 79 65 42 39
MIRTAZAPINE 76 69 43 46
DEXAMETHASONE SODIUM PHOSPHATE 73 70 44 440
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 72 59 45 131
ONGLYZA 70 70 46 216
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 70 68 46 126
GALANTAMINE HBR 68 49 48 274
LEVETIRACETAM 67 50 49 109
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 66 39 50 4
FAMOTIDINE 63 62 51 96
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 60 52 82
OLANZAPINE 60 50 53 139
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 47 53 50
CLOPIDOGREL 59 45 55 37
ALLOPURINOL 57 46 56 29
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 57 53 56 358
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 26 58 17
LEVOFLOXACIN 52 49 59 99
WARFARIN SODIUM 50 50 60 15
OXCARBAZEPINE 50 39 60 345
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 Aug. 28, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.