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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,328Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 71

$1.63M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 71

893 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 893 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 893 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 22,578 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

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 30.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,245 1,233 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 974 949 2 2
LISINOPRIL 813 804 3 6
FUROSEMIDE 790 770 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 737 703 5 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 687 684 6 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 671 671 7 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 608 608 8 7
OMEPRAZOLE 607 591 9 3
NAMENDA 486 486 10 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 447 433 11 8
SERTRALINE HCL 422 418 12 17
SYNTHROID 357 345 13 68
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 348 344 14 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 346 341 15 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 286 279 S3 16 9
ATENOLOL 270 262 17 30
TRAMADOL HCL 262 257 18 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 259 246 19 16
MIRTAZAPINE 240 234 20 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 234 227 21 39
GABAPENTIN 232 223 22 13
METFORMIN HCL 228 220 23 18
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 228 220 23 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 226 222 25 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 218 207 26 12
CRESTOR 215 215 27 50
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 214 213 28 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 211 211 29 74
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 202 192 30 72
ZETIA 196 184 31 191
METFORMIN HCL ER 181 167 32 101
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 179 164 33 52
LIDODERM 174 173 34 73
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 171 157 35 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 149 149 36 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 148 128 37 34
NEXIUM 147 108 38 42
CLOPIDOGREL 146 141 39 32
DIOVAN 139 135 40 61
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 129 123 41 165
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 124 101 42 90
ZOSTAVAX 121 117 43 204
RAMIPRIL 118 112 44 105
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 117 117 45 66
EVISTA 115 115 46 190
FLUOXETINE HCL 115 115 46 76
PLAVIX 113 108 48 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 106 49 44
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 106 106 49 46
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 100 100 51 71
AZITHROMYCIN 99 90 52 53
DIGOXIN 99 96 52 56
CYMBALTA 98 91 54 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 92 54 47
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 95 88 56 139
PREDNISONE 94 93 57 36
COLCRYS 93 93 58 123
KLOR-CON M20 92 88 59 59
SPIRIVA 88 83 60 62
GLIPIZIDE 86 77 61 70
CLONIDINE HCL 84 80 62 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 83 83 63 125
CARVEDILOL 82 82 64 25
LANTUS 82 80 64 29
FINASTERIDE 81 81 66 77
LIPITOR 78 78 67 111
ALLOPURINOL 78 78 67 41
GLIPIZIDE ER 77 77 69 160
CALCITONIN-SALMON 76 76 70 231
PAROXETINE HCL 75 75 71 84
LOVASTATIN 74 70 72 96
BENAZEPRIL HCL 74 74 72 89
RANITIDINE HCL 73 69 74 36
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 69 49 S2 75 132
TRAVATAN Z 67 67 76 115
HYDRALAZINE HCL 67 67 76 55
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 66 65 78 33
QUINAPRIL HCL 63 63 79 286
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 63 79 35
TRAZODONE HCL 61 60 81 23
MELOXICAM 60 55 82 79
LATANOPROST 60 60 82 114
KETOCONAZOLE 56 56 84 174
JANUVIA 56 56 84 98
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 54 54 86 246
PROAIR HFA 53 36 87 108
VOLTAREN 53 53 87 245
GLIPIZIDE XL 53 53 87 196
LABETALOL HCL 53 53 87 155
ROPINIROLE HCL 52 52 91 117
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 44 92 178
LEXAPRO 50 50 93 124
BUSPIRONE HCL 50 50 93 129
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 19, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.