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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,600Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 70 out of 1454

$960K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 103 out of 1454

433 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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

14% of this provider’s 433 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 433 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,326 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,031 914 1 5
FUROSEMIDE 768 703 2 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 661 660 3 17
OMEPRAZOLE 533 450 4 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 466 406 5 15
LISINOPRIL 419 383 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 339 336 7 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 330 278 8 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 324 253 9 12
NAMENDA 320 320 10 48
DONEPEZIL HCL 289 288 11 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 287 250 12 61
CARVEDILOL 250 213 13 24
SIMVASTATIN 243 209 14 1
MIRTAZAPINE 238 236 15 53
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 218 192 16 106
TRAMADOL HCL 203 150 17 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 197 178 18 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 192 174 19 91
GABAPENTIN 188 147 20 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 182 156 21 2
METFORMIN HCL 179 131 22 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 141 23 9
DIGOXIN 168 162 24 70
SERTRALINE HCL 160 154 25 26
CLOPIDOGREL 158 152 26 32
CLONIDINE HCL 154 129 27 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 143 113 28 11
KLOR-CON M20 142 117 29 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 141 140 30 46
TRAZODONE HCL 140 125 31 50
CYMBALTA 133 120 32 55
HYDRALAZINE HCL 131 110 33 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 131 97 33 31
RAMIPRIL 130 99 35 66
NOVOLIN R 130 110 35 180
PLAVIX 126 126 37 45
FENOFIBRATE 125 106 38 68
ATENOLOL 124 113 39 18
RISPERIDONE 121 102 40 86
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 115 113 41 78
INSULIN SYRINGE 111 99 42 97
TAMSULOSIN HCL 109 98 43 34
PREDNISONE 103 92 44 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 102 91 45 35
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 99 67 S3 46 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 99 88 46 58
LEXAPRO 95 84 48 205
LACTULOSE 92 84 49 152
LEVEMIR 91 87 50 202
ALLOPURINOL 90 90 51 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 87 79 52 19
NEXIUM 86 63 53 23
LANTUS 85 74 54 51
CRESTOR 84 54 55 22
AMIODARONE HCL 82 82 56 223
SYNTHROID 81 76 57 25
LEVETIRACETAM 80 54 58 114
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 79 75 59 169
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 76 76 60 14
TRICOR 75 62 61 134
MECLIZINE HCL 74 69 62 132
CEFDINIR 74 60 62 182
JANUVIA 71 47 64 77
LOVAZA 69 54 65 172
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 57 66 95
BENAZEPRIL HCL 68 68 66 57
MELOXICAM 66 60 68 37
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 58 68 96
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 60 70 33
FINASTERIDE 63 63 71 94
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 48 72 108
PROMETHAZINE HCL 62 57 R 72 82
SEROQUEL 61 58 74 177
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 58 75 142
ZETIA 56 35 76 69
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 56 56 76 190
E.E.S. 200 55 55 78 459
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 55 51 78 120
DIOVAN 55 55 78 40
PAROXETINE HCL 54 54 81 73
LEVOXYL 53 53 82 84
OXYCODONE HCL 53 41 S2 82 80
CHLORTHALIDONE 53 46 82 109
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 37 85 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 51 85 64
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 50 49 87 269
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 50 87 63
LIDOCAINE HCL 50 48 87 281
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, 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.