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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,013Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 160 out of 2170

$895K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 105 out of 2170

571 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%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

11% of this provider’s 571 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 571 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 12,506 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

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
OMEPRAZOLE 477 442 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 445 375 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 413 405 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 402 390 4 5
LISINOPRIL 348 322 5 3
SIMVASTATIN 317 294 6 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 276 272 7 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 272 264 8 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 257 246 9 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 254 217 S3 10 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 216 197 11 10
NAMENDA 187 187 12 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 184 156 13 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 178 170 14 16
JANTOVEN 172 107 15 104
CARVEDILOL 172 170 15 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 156 154 17 36
TRAMADOL HCL 146 117 18 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 128 19 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 144 134 20 12
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 142 135 21 75
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 139 134 22 69
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 139 107 22 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 135 128 24 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 122 107 25 33
TRAZODONE HCL 118 105 26 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 114 109 27 110
FINASTERIDE 110 102 28 122
MELOXICAM 109 86 29 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 108 92 30 17
MIRTAZAPINE 107 104 31 46
GABAPENTIN 106 85 32 14
GLIPIZIDE 102 98 33 62
TRAVATAN Z 101 100 34 181
RISPERIDONE 99 91 35 73
SERTRALINE HCL 98 85 36 25
AZITHROMYCIN 98 94 36 47
PREDNISONE 97 88 38 41
KLOR-CON M20 91 91 39 68
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 90 81 40 148
LIDODERM 89 78 41 162
GLIMEPIRIDE 87 73 42 31
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 80 42 63
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 87 74 42 95
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 73 45 30
LANTUS 85 78 45 51
SPIRIVA 82 81 47 49
ALLOPURINOL 81 81 48 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 76 49 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 76 71 50 39
PROMETHAZINE HCL 75 25 R 51 70
PAROXETINE HCL 74 71 52 65
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 72 51 53 171
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 72 59 53 79
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 68 58 55 91
NOVOLOG 67 66 56 98
CLONIDINE HCL 67 63 56 54
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 67 65 56 88
EXELON 62 62 59 119
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 57 60 21
SYNTHROID 60 57 61 27
CLOPIDOGREL 60 60 61 37
DIGOXIN 60 60 61 72
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 49 64 128
CARBAMAZEPINE 57 41 65 204
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 54 66 99
CRESTOR 56 39 66 24
METFORMIN HCL 56 44 66 8
CEPHALEXIN 55 53 69 120
CELEBREX 55 55 69 89
KETOCONAZOLE 53 34 71 212
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 52 50 72 131
MUPIROCIN 52 29 72 177
LATANOPROST 50 50 74 194
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 June 1, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.