ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

26,251Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 76

$1.26M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 76

740 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
52% Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in North Carolina
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 740 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 740 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in North Carolina
FUROSEMIDE 1,012 649 175 1 1
LISINOPRIL 916 505 156 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 880 553 141 3 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 848 533 160 4 10
SIMVASTATIN 817 492 136 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 729 401 121 6 4
METFORMIN HCL 491 235 85 7 18
LORAZEPAM 473 256 125 B 8 22
GABAPENTIN 470 234 89 9 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 465 305 74 10 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 458 235 98 S3 11 14
RISPERIDONE 430 222 79 A 12 38
ATENOLOL 422 184 61 13 39
CLOPIDOGREL 372 247 55 14 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 362 265 72 15 8
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 342 81 71 R 16 112
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 335 144 54 A 17 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 321 171 69 18 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 314 301 64 19 13
TRAMADOL HCL 313 192 105 20 27
CILOSTAZOL 302 208 46 21 162
RANITIDINE HCL 282 161 45 22 45
HALOPERIDOL 278 126 60 A 23 126
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 277 190 46 24 11
TRAZODONE HCL 261 132 56 25 26
ALPRAZOLAM 259 154 45 B 26 31
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 243 147 138 27 60
CLONAZEPAM 232 62 50 B 28 46
LACTULOSE 220 102 60 29 122
NOVOLIN R 218 137 64 30 127
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 203 113 43 31 43
LEVETIRACETAM 202 92 41 32 51
IBUPROFEN 199 91 65 33 156
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 194 133 38 34 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 194 143 36 34 33
MECLIZINE HCL 194 124 35 34 142
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 172 112 28 37 15
OLANZAPINE 168 54 28 A 38 78
SERTRALINE HCL 165 92 29 39 17
GLIPIZIDE 161 87 27 40 74
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 160 49 45 41 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 98 32 42 19
CARVEDILOL 157 62 22 43 28
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 155 86 28 44 146
ADVAIR DISKUS 146 81 30 45 50
CLONIDINE HCL 143 47 32 46 56
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 138 45 30 47 117
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 137 56 20 48 65
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 133 68 24 49 25
INSULIN SYRINGE* 132 46 31 50 242
WARFARIN SODIUM 131 97 22 51 7
CRESTOR 128 72 18 52 48
MIRTAZAPINE 125 73 25 53 20
FAMOTIDINE* 124 80 24 54 63
MEGESTROL ACETATE 122 89 40 R 55 207
ALLOPURINOL 121 59 16 56 37
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 116 71 60 57 101
KLOR-CON M20 116 27 28 57 79
SUCRALFATE 113 57 23 59 252
NAMENDA 110 96 19 60 9
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 106 52 22 61 95
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 104 58 18 62 47
METOLAZONE 103 46 22 63 179
LANTUS 101 51 23 64 36
NEXIUM 98 28 15 65 40
AZITHROMYCIN 98 43 57 65 66
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 95 37 16 67 97
LEVEMIR 94 51 18 68 100
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 93 28 11 A 69 141
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 93 58 21 69 30
GEMFIBROZIL 93 39 14 69 201
CYMBALTA 93 34 15 69 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 91 13 22 73 42
PREDNISONE 91 45 29 73 44
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 87 37 15 R 75 137
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 87 52 21 75 221
NIFEDIPINE ER 86 81* 12 77 180
NYSTATIN 85 51 38 78 87
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 83 69 15 79 77
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 82 38 50 80 195
CEPHALEXIN 76 32 56 81 96
CLOZAPINE 75 <11 <11 A 82 211
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 75 <11 <11 82 128
DIPYRIDAMOLE 73 50 18 R 84 268
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71 52 13 85 21
LAMOTRIGINE 71 12 15 85 64
SPIRIVA 68 29 13 87 59
LOXAPINE 67 18 16 A 88 277
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 <11 <11 88 58
MUPIROCIN* 66 40 38 90 191
PROAIR HFA 66 34 28 90 81
MELOXICAM 65 34 16 92 71
ABILIFY 65 25 18 A 92 93
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 11 17 92 82
TIZANIDINE HCL 64 24 17 95 139
NOVOLOG 64 <11 <11 95 52
LOVASTATIN 63 <11 <11 97 98
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 31 13 97 76
FENOFIBRATE* 62 <11 <11 99 91
EXELON 61 56* 15 100 83
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 61 37 22 100 32
DIGOX 60 <11 <11 102 86
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 25 11 S2 102 106
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 25 14 S2 104 61
PAROXETINE HCL 59 <11 <11 104 90
DIOVAN 57 <11 <11 106 54
FINASTERIDE 57 <11 <11 106 68
HUMULIN R 56 25 21 108 255
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 55 15 19 R 109 103
GUANFACINE HCL 55 <11 <11 R 109 237
LITHIUM CARBONATE 55 <11 11 109 197
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 54 <11 <11 R 112 299
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 54 <11 <11 112 80
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 54 <11 <11 A 112 299
CARBAMAZEPINE 53 <11 <11 115 124
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 53 11 15 S3 115 303
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 52 <11 <11 117 307
JANTOVEN 50 <11 <11 118 35
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 50 <11 <11 118 75
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. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients Methodology »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to checkup@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to checkup@propublica.org.

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.
  • 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 April 30, 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.