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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,855Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 382 out of 2170

$676K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 238 out of 2170

486 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,289 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 379 269 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 324 215 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 256 178 3 4
LISINOPRIL 221 141 4 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 158 5 9
GABAPENTIN 211 123 6 14
FUROSEMIDE 210 156 7 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 184 135 8 5
METFORMIN HCL 174 116 9 8
TRAMADOL HCL 166 101 10 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 165 111 11 11
CARVEDILOL 147 110 12 26
TRAZODONE HCL 141 53 13 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 133 97 14 12
ATENOLOL 131 97 15 23
NEXIUM 125 58 16 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 124 81 17 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 106 85 18 19
SPIRIVA 98 43 19 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 98 61 19 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 93 70 21 21
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 86 22 42
FAMOTIDINE 92 79 22 96
CRESTOR 91 57 24 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 88 43 25 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 87 80 26 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 86 80 27 31
SERTRALINE HCL 85 67 28 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 82 26 29 39
MELOXICAM 82 56 29 28
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 79 67 31 93
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 50 32 116
TOPIRAMATE 74 31 33 155
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 28 33 45
PROAIR HFA 71 34 35 43
ALLOPURINOL 68 61 36 29
METFORMIN HCL ER 66 13 37 35
PEN NEEDLE 61 12 38 141
CLONIDINE HCL 60 22 39 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 40 39 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 46 R 41 52
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 31 42 30
EVISTA 55 55 43 147
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 35 43 55
FENOFIBRATE 54 23 45 57
MIRTAZAPINE 53 35 46 46
BUMETANIDE 52 46 47 191
GEMFIBROZIL 51 34 48 121
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 Jan. 14, 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.