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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,676Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 121 out of 2170

$903K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 102 out of 2170

345 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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
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this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 345 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 345 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,934 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

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 910 606 1 15
LISINOPRIL 502 424 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 490 429 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 484 386 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 457 428 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 394 323 6 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 334 289 7 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 334 283 7 4
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 318 291 9 63
DONEPEZIL HCL 314 309 10 32
LANTUS 310 271 11 51
NOVOLOG 264 208 12 98
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 255 213 S3 13 7
MIRTAZAPINE 237 217 14 46
CARVEDILOL 236 209 15 26
SERTRALINE HCL 225 182 16 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 201 156 17 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 195 175 18 19
GABAPENTIN 192 108 19 14
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 188 155 20 91
CYMBALTA 185 119 21 44
NAMENDA 184 184 22 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 149 135 23 13
METFORMIN HCL 143 107 24 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 138 119 25 39
TRAZODONE HCL 135 129 26 38
LACTULOSE 129 109 27 125
LEVETIRACETAM 127 85 28 109
BUSPIRONE HCL 126 124 29 143
PREDNISONE 121 98 30 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 81 31 33
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 108 96 32 75
RISPERIDONE 107 76 33 73
CLONIDINE HCL 103 93 34 54
NEXIUM 102 86 35 22
LEVOFLOXACIN 101 99 36 99
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 98 85 37 12
CLOPIDOGREL 96 90 38 37
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 95 95 39 110
DIGOXIN 94 84 40 72
PROMETHAZINE HCL 94 72 R 40 70
SANTYL 83 63 42 221
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 82 53 43 11
SPS 78 78 44 295
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 70 45 9
SPIRIVA 75 73 46 49
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 75 69 46 88
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 74 66 48 131
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 73 49 36
TRAVATAN Z 71 67 50 181
FAMOTIDINE 70 70 51 96
ATENOLOL 68 62 52 23
CEPHALEXIN 67 60 53 120
PLAVIX 66 61 54 58
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 50 54 95
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 66 54 54 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 65 57 57 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 60 58 69
GLIPIZIDE 63 60 58 62
RANITIDINE HCL 62 49 60 40
OXYCONTIN 62 58 S2 60 146
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 55 S2 60 60
TRAMADOL HCL 60 52 63 18
CEFTRIAXONE 60 53 63 211
ARANESP 58 58 65 408
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 55 66 59
EXELON 56 56 67 119
DIOVAN 54 54 68 53
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 54 42 68 127
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 49 70 20
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 51 51 71 232
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 51 51 71 64
MELOXICAM 50 29 73 28
NYSTOP 50 48 73 219
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. 8, 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.