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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,319Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 1454

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 1454

869 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
38%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
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this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 869 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 869 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 8,861 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% 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

25 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 838 483 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 766 298 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 728 217 3 3
METFORMIN HCL 690 310 4 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 664 198 S3 5 7
LISINOPRIL 658 253 6 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 505 272 7 9
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 445 109 R 8 59
TRAMADOL HCL 411 168 9 20
PROAIR HFA 339 136 10 56
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 338 102 11 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 334 119 12 27
FUROSEMIDE 321 162 13 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 321 164 13 33
NEXIUM 318 101 15 23
GABAPENTIN 315 74 16 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 295 145 17 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 266 93 18 30
ALLOPURINOL 248 142 19 28
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 246 115 20 5
CRESTOR 202 90 21 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 198 120 22 15
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 197 43 S2 23 60
NAPROXEN 195 67 24 122
IBUPROFEN 192 54 25 107
CLONIDINE HCL 190 96 26 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 182 89 27 11
AZITHROMYCIN 164 57 28 42
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 163 32 29 118
BYSTOLIC 162 97 30 110
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 159 99 31 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 159 40 31 47
LYRICA 150 42 33 103
CARISOPRODOL 148 0 R 34 123
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 77 35 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 136 85 36 14
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 133 90 37 44
COLCRYS 132 85 38 116
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 127 58 39 142
PROMETHAZINE HCL 125 11 R 40 82
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 119 39 R 41 71
CELEBREX 119 69 41 81
DEXILANT 117 36 43 214
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 117 45 43 110
VOLTAREN 115 66 45 251
BENAZEPRIL HCL 115 45 45 57
VENTOLIN HFA 115 33 45 112
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 111 41 48 79
CITALOPRAM HBR 111 50 48 21
LANTUS 109 33 50 51
CARVEDILOL 109 75 50 24
BENICAR HCT 105 42 52 240
DONEPEZIL HCL 104 84 53 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 104 53 53 31
CLOPIDOGREL 102 54 55 32
SERTRALINE HCL 101 19 56 26
DIOVAN HCT 101 62 56 75
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 98 47 58 64
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 98 63 58 12
SINGULAIR 97 30 60 83
TRAZODONE HCL 94 17 61 50
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 91 44 62 61
VESICARE 90 14 63 199
METHOCARBAMOL 89 37 R 64 210
GLIPIZIDE 89 50 64 62
BENICAR 88 72 66 189
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 88 53 66 46
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 88 62 66 65
ACTOS 87 21 69 90
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 86 26 70 78
SYMBICORT 85 48 71 143
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 44 72 34
PREDNISONE 81 35 72 36
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 81 28 72 166
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 77 47 75 138
DIOVAN 77 39 75 40
SPIRIVA 77 44 75 52
LIDODERM 72 28 78 158
SYNTHROID 71 30 79 25
KLOR-CON M10 71 25 79 145
ATENOLOL 70 60 81 18
HYDROXYZINE HCL 70 12 R 81 183
FLUCONAZOLE 68 0 83 160
LEVETIRACETAM 67 31 84 114
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 38 84 35
INSULIN SYRINGE 64 34 86 97
WARFARIN SODIUM 63 33 87 17
KLOR-CON 10 62 42 88 141
PEN NEEDLE 61 26 89 113
HYDRALAZINE HCL 61 27 89 67
PLAVIX 58 38 91 45
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 56 92 58
TIZANIDINE HCL 56 0 92 154
LIPITOR 55 36 94 74
MEGESTROL ACETATE 55 38 R 94 219
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 55 24 94 144
RANITIDINE HCL 53 47 97 43
MELOXICAM 53 27 97 37
LUNESTA 51 11 99 361
INDOMETHACIN 51 14 R 99 295
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 51 11 R 99 174
GLIPIZIDE ER 50 41 102 92
VERAPAMIL ER 50 28 102 89
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.