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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,578Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 491 out of 2170

$487K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 489 out of 2170

425 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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 425 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 425 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 5,880 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 298 172 S3 1 7
OMEPRAZOLE 294 221 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 292 194 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 227 187 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 209 138 5 4
LISINOPRIL 200 154 6 3
FUROSEMIDE 190 158 7 6
PAROXETINE HCL 162 124 8 65
METFORMIN HCL 150 72 9 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 150 104 9 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 106 11 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 146 115 12 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 135 120 13 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 132 101 14 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 119 57 15 19
NEXIUM 117 41 16 22
GABAPENTIN 104 70 17 14
AZITHROMYCIN 101 46 18 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 96 49 19 17
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 90 64 20 97
DONEPEZIL HCL 84 84 21 32
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 82 52 22 95
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 72 22 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 80 37 24 30
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 67 25 69
MELOXICAM 77 48 25 28
ATENOLOL 72 61 27 23
SPIRIVA 66 50 28 49
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 46 29 59
SYNTHROID 65 65 29 27
PREDNISONE 63 41 31 41
KLOR-CON M20 62 57 32 68
MIRTAZAPINE 61 47 33 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 58 36 34 39
NAPROXEN 56 44 35 107
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 56 52 35 11
SERTRALINE HCL 55 33 37 25
RISPERIDONE 55 21 37 73
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 54 39 55
CARVEDILOL 52 43 40 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 42 40 36
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 28 42 66
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 Sept. 18, 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.