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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Emergency Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,192Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 267

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 267

430 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
49%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

13% of this provider’s 430 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 430 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 27%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,434 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 10%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $34 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 2.


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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
OMEPRAZOLE 539 313 1 5
LISINOPRIL 478 245 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 467 277 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 450 273 4 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 425 150 S3 5 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 330 295 6 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 282 204 7 17
RISPERIDONE 262 170 8 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 252 146 9 22
FUROSEMIDE 241 151 10 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 237 152 11 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 217 124 12 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 206 112 13 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 201 118 14 10
TRAZODONE HCL 199 84 15 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 183 115 16 23
SERTRALINE HCL 176 89 17 54
NAMENDA 172 170 18 39
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 163 46 R 19 57
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 160 26 S2 20 20
CARVEDILOL 159 131 21 31
MELOXICAM 159 95 21 32
JANTOVEN 158 133 23 58
METFORMIN HCL 152 88 24 16
OLANZAPINE 146 70 25 37
NOVOLOG 142 93 26 63
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 141 84 27 50
ABILIFY 139 98 28 64
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 139 95 28 21
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 135 62 30 67
LACTULOSE 133 65 31 69
TAMSULOSIN HCL 130 87 32 40
NEXIUM 129 73 33 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 128 56 34 47
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 127 94 35 26
GABAPENTIN 119 46 36 36
TRAMADOL HCL 115 44 37 4
GLIPIZIDE 107 67 38 74
CLONIDINE HCL 102 49 39 76
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 101 40 40 58
DIOVAN 99 92 41 77
NIASPAN 93 29 42 80
OXYCODONE HCL 90 0 S2 43 60
IBUPROFEN 90 40 43 14
MEGESTROL ACETATE 87 73 R 45 81
SEROQUEL 87 50 45 81
MIRTAZAPINE 87 78 45 34
NAPROXEN 87 15 45 66
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 85 73 49 25
CRESTOR 82 41 50 45
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 81 40 51 84
PROAIR HFA 78 18 52 52
EXELON 75 75 53 85
VENTOLIN HFA 73 28 54 70
SPIRIVA 72 36 55 71
INSULIN SYRINGE 71 38 56 89
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 67 16 57 44
AZITHROMYCIN 66 30 58 9
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 66 31 58 92
LEVETIRACETAM 64 41 60 41
WARFARIN SODIUM 64 40 60 61
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 62 14 62 96
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 62 43 62 96
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 57 64 98
CYMBALTA 61 17 64 62
GLIPIZIDE XL 59 44 66 101
RISPERDAL CONSTA 59 59 66 101
GEMFIBROZIL 58 38 68 104
PREDNISONE 57 31 69 3
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 32 69 105
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 51 71 106
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 36 72 108
LANTUS 55 40 72 65
TRUVADA 53 0 74 109
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 24 75 110
ACTOS 51 11 76 113
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 15 76 113
HALOPERIDOL 50 21 78 48
METFORMIN HCL ER 50 29 78 56
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 March 25, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.