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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,284Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 61 out of 2170

$1.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 49 out of 2170

597 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%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
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 597 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 597 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 13,280 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% 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

31 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 706 608 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 693 551 2 2
CRESTOR 560 390 3 24
LISINOPRIL 547 477 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 543 322 S3 5 7
FUROSEMIDE 483 423 6 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 379 310 7 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 325 217 8 17
FENOFIBRATE 323 256 9 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 293 206 10 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 276 219 11 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 267 227 12 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 262 221 13 12
METFORMIN HCL 239 172 14 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 234 199 15 19
TRAMADOL HCL 216 173 16 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 149 17 20
SYNTHROID 204 165 18 27
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 189 108 19 101
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 182 173 20 10
GABAPENTIN 181 115 21 14
CARVEDILOL 180 93 22 26
PREDNISONE 164 133 23 41
METFORMIN HCL ER 162 124 24 35
NEXIUM 158 80 25 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 156 129 26 15
MELOXICAM 140 103 27 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 137 118 28 36
TRAZODONE HCL 137 71 28 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 136 87 30 63
ALLOPURINOL 134 131 31 29
CYMBALTA 134 58 31 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 133 127 33 32
RISPERIDONE 132 124 34 73
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 130 116 35 11
BENAZEPRIL HCL 124 117 36 55
ATENOLOL 123 99 37 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 121 111 38 13
VERAPAMIL ER 118 105 39 94
TIZANIDINE HCL 112 32 40 123
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 111 13 S2 41 124
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108 51 42 30
ESTRADIOL 106 70 R 43 151
CEFDINIR 103 72 44 192
CLOPIDOGREL 103 84 44 37
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 101 77 R 46 61
NIASPAN 97 39 47 103
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 84 47 42
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 95 85 49 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 93 88 50 31
SPIRIVA 92 57 51 49
OXYCODONE HCL 88 30 S2 52 56
CLONIDINE HCL 88 77 52 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 71 54 21
KLOR-CON M20 83 71 55 68
MIRTAZAPINE 83 70 55 46
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 82 82 57 66
SERTRALINE HCL 80 62 58 25
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 64 59 116
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 46 60 45
NIFEDIPINE ER 77 63 61 129
VENTOLIN HFA 76 34 62 102
FENTANYL 75 48 S2 63 87
BYSTOLIC 74 68 64 138
PROMETHAZINE HCL 74 31 R 64 70
ACTOS 74 66 64 108
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 38 67 59
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 67 68 161
LEVOFLOXACIN 70 57 68 99
LOVASTATIN 69 65 70 34
PAROXETINE HCL 69 44 70 65
OXYCONTIN 69 0 S2 70 146
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 46 73 92
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 24 S2 73 60
PLAVIX 65 60 75 58
LEVOXYL 64 43 76 115
JANUVIA 63 51 77 80
CELEBREX 63 49 77 89
MICARDIS 61 59 79 272
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 61 61 79 75
LANTUS 59 57 81 51
PROAIR HFA 57 14 82 43
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 45 82 82
TRILIPIX 57 12 82 187
LOVAZA 57 24 82 178
NAMENDA 56 49 86 48
FAMOTIDINE 55 53 87 96
LIPITOR 55 40 87 83
ENDOCET 55 0 S2 87 106
GLIPIZIDE XL 54 51 90 81
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 47 90 95
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 42 90 67
HYDRALAZINE HCL 53 51 93 84
MECLIZINE HCL 51 37 94 134
BUPROPION XL 51 0 94 170
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 34 94 128
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 50 38 97 100
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 May 23, 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.