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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,193Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 1454

$1.88M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 1454

1,211 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

13% of this provider’s 1,211 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 1,211 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 24,008 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 1,187 703 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,133 605 S3 2 7
FUROSEMIDE 1,079 888 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 1,027 778 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 871 668 5 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 682 517 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 627 444 7 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 590 441 8 15
LISINOPRIL 585 446 9 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 550 452 10 10
GABAPENTIN 541 327 11 16
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 472 204 S2 12 60
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 471 348 13 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 454 356 14 21
ATENOLOL 445 368 15 18
MELOXICAM 394 272 16 37
ALLOPURINOL 361 266 17 28
TRAMADOL HCL 345 258 18 20
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 342 235 19 110
FENTANYL 340 195 S2 20 104
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 336 247 21 19
PREDNISONE 324 231 22 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 313 215 23 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 311 214 24 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 289 238 25 46
RANITIDINE HCL 282 212 26 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 278 213 27 47
TRAZODONE HCL 257 144 28 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 242 228 29 33
COUMADIN 239 167 30 119
AZITHROMYCIN 237 152 31 42
LANTUS 235 170 32 51
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 227 163 33 12
BENAZEPRIL HCL 226 157 34 57
CARVEDILOL 225 192 35 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 223 221 36 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 222 167 37 34
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 219 160 38 108
TRICOR 217 117 39 134
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 214 192 40 76
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 211 181 41 11
SERTRALINE HCL 206 189 42 26
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 201 95 R 43 139
ENDOCET 199 72 S2 44 137
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 193 39 R 45 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 189 156 46 35
PROAIR HFA 186 108 47 56
PAROXETINE HCL 184 117 48 73
GLIPIZIDE 184 141 48 62
CLONIDINE HCL 183 147 50 49
HYDRALAZINE HCL 174 156 51 67
MIRTAZAPINE 174 151 51 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 174 159 51 61
LABETALOL HCL 173 127 54 147
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 172 135 55 31
CLOPIDOGREL 172 143 55 32
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 121 57 124
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 165 130 57 64
GEMFIBROZIL 165 107 57 128
RAMIPRIL 164 140 60 66
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 163 114 61 121
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 160 119 62 203
NAMENDA 158 146 63 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 156 113 64 13
INSULIN SYRINGE 156 88 64 97
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 153 102 66 65
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 143 106 67 171
PROMETHAZINE HCL 143 82 R 67 82
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 139 96 69 91
CYMBALTA 137 87 70 55
NOVOLOG 137 111 70 99
DIGOXIN 134 104 72 70
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 132 60 S2 73 181
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 132 62 73 118
NEXIUM 132 76 73 23
TIZANIDINE HCL 130 20 76 154
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 128 81 77 142
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 128 91 77 30
ROPINIROLE HCL 127 87 79 96
PLAVIX 124 113 80 45
KLOR-CON M20 118 87 81 54
CRESTOR 116 86 82 22
SPIRIVA 116 87 82 52
OXYCODONE HCL 116 53 S2 82 80
COLCRYS 113 97 85 116
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 113 35 85 138
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 107 89 87 157
HUMALOG 101 73 88 153
CEFUROXIME 101 84 88 150
BUSPIRONE HCL 100 40 90 176
MEGESTROL ACETATE 98 75 R 91 219
TORSEMIDE 98 82 91 125
MECLIZINE HCL 96 78 93 132
DIOVAN 96 83 93 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 94 47 95 78
ALPRAZOLAM 94 47 95 296
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 90 73 97 178
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 43 98 72
JANUVIA 87 73 99 77
GLYBURIDE 87 61 R 99 98
KLOR-CON M10 87 75 99 145
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 87 45 R 99 174
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 86 78 103 14
FINASTERIDE 84 77 104 94
SYNTHROID 83 75 105 25
GLIPIZIDE XL 83 63 105 85
ABILIFY 79 67 107 175
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 79 41 107 106
OLANZAPINE 79 43 107 163
LIDODERM 78 68 110 158
DIOVAN HCT 77 55 111 75
FENOFIBRATE 77 46 111 68
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 37 S2 113 93
METHOTREXATE 76 37 113 191
NITROSTAT 76 65 113 208
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 75 51 116 247
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 75 62 116 222
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 71 53 118 120
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 48 118 63
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 70 58 120 87
VENTOLIN HFA 68 23 121 112
LEVEMIR 67 57 122 202
DOXEPIN HCL 67 44 122 234
RISPERIDONE 67 33 122 86
LOVASTATIN 67 44 122 39
FLUCONAZOLE 67 50 122 160
NYSTATIN 67 45 122 184
ZETIA 66 39 128 69
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 65 61 129 156
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 65 129 44
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65 46 129 79
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 64 29 132 105
BACLOFEN 64 45 132 146
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 51 134 95
QUINAPRIL HCL 62 52 135 101
NYSTOP 62 53 135 245
PROPRANOLOL HCL 61 36 137 129
AGGRENOX 60 60 138 161
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 60 52 138 217
EVISTA 58 58 140 136
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 43 140 167
LANSOPRAZOLE 57 38 142 140
FORTICAL 56 56 143 336
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 39 143 38
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 55 15 R 145 317
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 55 48 145 169
MEGACE ES 54 48 R 147 344
CELEBREX 54 27 147 81
PHENYTOIN 53 0 149 309
BUPROPION HCL SR 52 12 150 207
HUMULIN 70-30 52 45 150 241
METFORMIN HCL ER 52 41 150 41
NAPROXEN 52 16 150 122
COMBIVENT 51 17 154 115
VERAPAMIL ER 51 42 154 89
CARISOPRODOL 50 35 R 156 123
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 50 32 156 283
GLIPIZIDE ER 50 50 156 92
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. 16, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.