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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,652Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 615 out of 1454

$332K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 731 out of 1454

446 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 446 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 6,153 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
SIMVASTATIN 349 346 1 1
CHLORTHALIDONE 309 276 2 109
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 255 246 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 214 199 S3 4 7
FUROSEMIDE 208 184 5 6
LISINOPRIL 199 189 6 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 194 183 7 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 188 179 8 5
OMEPRAZOLE 184 170 9 3
METFORMIN HCL 148 123 10 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 108 108 11 19
ALLOPURINOL 105 95 12 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 102 13 27
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 84 79 14 79
ATENOLOL 79 79 15 18
GABAPENTIN 79 62 15 16
GLIPIZIDE ER 75 65 17 92
NEXIUM 74 65 18 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 73 72 19 44
LOVASTATIN 72 69 20 39
METFORMIN HCL ER 69 67 21 41
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 68 64 22 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 63 58 23 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 61 61 24 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 60 60 25 14
CRESTOR 59 58 26 22
KLOR-CON M20 58 52 27 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 57 57 28 34
TRAMADOL HCL 57 57 28 20
CARVEDILOL 55 49 30 24
SPIRIVA 52 38 31 52
PLAVIX 51 45 32 45
PREDNISONE 50 49 33 36
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 Feb. 14, 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.