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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,602Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 2170

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 61 out of 2170

527 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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 527 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 527 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 18,021 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 837 757 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 817 755 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 748 694 3 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 676 631 4 10
LISINOPRIL 521 477 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 513 481 6 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 486 454 7 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 457 428 8 16
NAMENDA 383 383 9 48
METFORMIN HCL 348 324 10 8
TRAMADOL HCL 308 281 11 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 292 292 12 20
DIOVAN 288 264 13 53
GABAPENTIN 269 224 14 14
OMEPRAZOLE 261 225 15 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 249 231 16 12
LANTUS 243 229 17 51
PREDNISONE 233 222 18 41
DIOVAN HCT 233 225 18 76
ATENOLOL 226 220 20 23
CLOPIDOGREL 207 187 21 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 207 195 21 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 200 170 23 15
GLIMEPIRIDE 187 175 24 31
ALLOPURINOL 184 165 25 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 173 164 S3 26 7
EVISTA 161 161 27 147
HYDRALAZINE HCL 157 119 28 84
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 156 153 29 21
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 155 147 30 50
RAMIPRIL 151 143 31 77
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 142 125 32 82
NEXIUM 142 121 32 22
SERTRALINE HCL 141 121 34 25
MIRTAZAPINE 140 137 35 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 140 130 35 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 139 139 37 36
PLAVIX 139 116 37 58
FENOFIBRATE 126 121 39 57
DONEPEZIL HCL 123 123 40 32
CYMBALTA 120 100 41 44
TAMSULOSIN HCL 120 120 41 33
PAROXETINE HCL 119 119 43 65
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 119 109 43 75
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 116 110 45 88
TRAZODONE HCL 114 107 46 38
CARVEDILOL 108 106 47 26
LABETALOL HCL 104 96 48 208
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 104 101 48 128
COUMADIN 99 99 50 163
CRESTOR 96 87 51 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 88 52 42
JANUVIA 93 82 53 80
SYNTHROID 93 93 53 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 90 88 55 19
SPIRONOLACTONE 89 78 56 71
DIGOXIN 88 88 57 72
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 85 76 58 100
FENTANYL 84 77 S2 59 87
LATANOPROST 83 79 60 194
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 83 81 60 91
LANOXIN 74 74 62 281
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 73 66 63 95
CELEBREX 71 71 64 89
RISPERIDONE 68 68 65 73
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 68 68 65 110
GLIPIZIDE 66 66 67 62
AZITHROMYCIN 66 58 67 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 59 69 39
QUINAPRIL HCL 65 59 69 117
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 63 63 71 131
CLONIDINE HCL 62 62 72 54
VERAPAMIL ER 61 61 73 94
LIPITOR 61 61 73 83
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 53 73 55
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 50 S2 73 60
COLCRYS 60 60 77 140
LEVETIRACETAM 57 57 78 109
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 57 54 78 64
FINASTERIDE 56 56 80 122
CEPHALEXIN 54 52 81 120
SPIRIVA 51 48 82 49
GLYBURIDE 51 51 R 82 118
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 40 R 82 61
EXELON 51 51 82 119
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 48 86 417
ENABLEX 50 48 86 264
PROMETHAZINE HCL 50 47 R 86 70
AMIODARONE HCL 50 50 86 235
INSULIN SYRINGE 50 37 86 113
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 Feb. 10, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.