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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,083Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 31

$909K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 31

918 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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

2% of this provider’s 918 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 918 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,413 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

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 28.


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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 986 932 1 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 749 690 2 17
SIMVASTATIN 618 569 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 608 572 4 3
LISINOPRIL 566 505 5 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 428 369 6 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 405 367 7 2
FUROSEMIDE 376 334 8 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 326 292 9 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 315 305 10 8
METFORMIN HCL 307 274 11 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 280 237 S3 12 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 277 272 13 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 275 249 14 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 260 257 15 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 248 222 16 66
CRESTOR 222 197 17 67
PREDNISONE 211 193 18 40
MIRTAZAPINE 210 199 19 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 204 185 20 7
ALLOPURINOL 203 176 21 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 191 188 22 22
GABAPENTIN 189 148 23 14
LOVASTATIN 177 149 24 71
CLOPIDOGREL 163 149 25 31
GLIPIZIDE 157 147 26 60
ATENOLOL 147 143 27 24
LANTUS 142 136 28 21
DIOVAN 139 112 29 63
NEXIUM 139 125 29 38
RANITIDINE HCL 133 119 31 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 132 122 32 12
CARVEDILOL 130 111 33 29
PLAVIX 128 118 34 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 119 101 35 47
SERTRALINE HCL 118 108 36 15
CLONIDINE HCL 118 97 36 44
NAMENDA 116 116 38 16
SYNTHROID 113 108 39 68
FLUOXETINE HCL 113 106 39 73
CITALOPRAM HBR 112 111 41 10
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 107 106 42 147
TRAMADOL HCL 106 96 43 25
METFORMIN HCL ER 104 96 44 94
INSULIN SYRINGE 102 95 45 119
AMOXICILLIN 97 85 46 132
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 93 93 47 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 90 75 48 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 82 48 92
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 88 84 50 100
GLIPIZIDE ER 85 81 51 152
KLOR-CON 10 84 80 52 120
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 79 53 43
EXELON 82 82 54 77
BUSPIRONE HCL 82 76 54 138
QUINAPRIL HCL 81 76 56 196
SPIRONOLACTONE 79 60 57 58
JANUVIA 79 66 57 82
PROAIR HFA 78 63 59 112
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 72 71 60 41
DILTIAZEM ER 72 72 60 168
FELODIPINE ER 72 72 60 201
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 69 69 63 159
KLOR-CON M10 67 62 64 87
RISPERIDONE 66 66 65 26
LEVOXYL 65 54 66 209
KLOR-CON M20 65 57 66 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 64 64 68 142
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 64 68 26
RAMIPRIL 64 49 68 76
DIOVAN HCT 64 64 68 140
PEN NEEDLE 59 53 72 169
AGGRENOX 57 57 73 107
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 47 73 144
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 56 48 75 134
ZOSTAVAX 53 50 76 241
SPIRIVA 53 49 76 51
GLIPIZIDE XL 50 44 78 146
BENICAR HCT 50 50 78 249
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. 20, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.