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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,959Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 155 providers in this state and specialty

$1.91M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 155 providers in this state and specialty

828 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83% Patients 65 Years and Older

33% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in North Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

17% of this provider’s 828 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Opioids

13% of this provider’s 828 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 48%. This is far fewer than peers.

Prescription Price

$119 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $261 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.41M

2014

$1.62M

2015

$1.91M

2016

Number of Claims

15,305

2014

15,134

2015

15,959

2016

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 934

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

744

prescriptions.

181

patients, 22% of all patients

1 1
METFORMIN HCL ER 556

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

485

prescriptions.

135

patients, 16% of all patients

2 3
SIMVASTATIN 474

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

411

prescriptions.

88

patients, 11% of all patients

3 15
GLIMEPIRIDE 419

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

366

prescriptions.

90

patients, 11% of all patients

4 8
FUROSEMIDE 350

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

311

prescriptions.

67

patients, 8% of all patients

5 27
OMEPRAZOLE 349

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

73

patients, 9% of all patients

6 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 324

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

7 7
GABAPENTIN 308

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

8 23
LISINOPRIL 273

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

9 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 264

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

10 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 260

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

11 22
ALPRAZOLAM 237

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

12 50
METFORMIN HCL 235

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

51

patients, 6% of all patients

13 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 228

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

14 44
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 219

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

15 19
TRAMADOL HCL 219

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

54

patients, 7% of all patients

O 15 56
VICTOZA 3-PAK 218

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

17 12
TRAZODONE HCL 202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

18 65
ATENOLOL 187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

19 52
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

69

patients, 8% of all patients

20 75
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

20 4
DULOXETINE HCL 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

22 57
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

23 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

24 64
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

25 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

26 84
TEMAZEPAM 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

27 130
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

O 28 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

29 24
INVOKANA 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

30 14
LORAZEPAM 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

31 60
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

32 136
WARFARIN SODIUM 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

33 62
ALLOPURINOL 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

33 55
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

35 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

36 61
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

37 45
CITALOPRAM HBR 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

38 66
SYNTHROID 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

39 2
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

40 6
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

41 97
VICTOZA 2-PAK 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

42 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

42 77
CLOPIDOGREL 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

44 76
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

45 149
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

46 29
MELOXICAM 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

46 81
CRESTOR 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

48 42
BUPROPION XL 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

49 129
METHIMAZOLE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

50 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

51 82
CLONIDINE HCL 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

52 71
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 KWIKPEN 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

52 47
BACLOFEN 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

54 168
NOVOLIN 70-30 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

55 51
INSULIN SYRINGE* 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

56 35
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

57 10
HUMALOG 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

58 21
UNIFINE PENTIPS 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

58 85
NOVOLOG 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

58 26
LANTUS 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

61 16
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 62 123
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

63 101
MIRTAZAPINE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

63 87
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

63 11
LOVASTATIN 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

63 126
JANUVIA 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

67 18
NEXIUM 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

67 183
PREDNISONE 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

69 59
FLUOXETINE HCL 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 70 116
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

71 188
TAMSULOSIN HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

72 67
AZITHROMYCIN 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

A 72 108
PAROXETINE HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 74 144
JANUMET 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 75 74
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

76 194
FENTANYL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 O 77 135
DIAZEPAM 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

77 203
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 Dec. 27, 2017.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.