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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,742Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 1454

$1.65M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 1454

917 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 917 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 917 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 25,624 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 1,152 1,015 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 911 773 2 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 884 840 3 13
FUROSEMIDE 838 798 4 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 725 691 5 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 645 582 6 2
LISINOPRIL 633 565 7 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 623 578 8 9
ATENOLOL 550 509 9 18
MIRTAZAPINE 545 482 10 53
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 492 405 S3 11 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 475 433 12 5
KLOR-CON M20 444 418 13 54
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 439 429 14 58
GABAPENTIN 434 311 15 16
METFORMIN HCL 410 345 16 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 369 323 17 10
CRESTOR 359 339 18 22
MELOXICAM 356 333 19 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 345 312 20 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 312 292 21 35
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 295 175 S2 22 60
TRAZODONE HCL 288 213 23 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 286 273 24 29
NOVOLOG 282 202 25 99
SYNTHROID 280 268 26 25
SERTRALINE HCL 271 225 27 26
CYMBALTA 260 158 28 55
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 258 258 29 15
EXELON 235 219 30 135
BENAZEPRIL HCL 234 231 31 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL 229 202 32 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 229 181 32 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 228 180 34 12
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 228 188 34 78
CLOPIDOGREL 227 213 36 32
NEXIUM 223 188 37 23
RAMIPRIL 213 205 38 66
LANTUS 202 145 39 51
NAMENDA 200 188 40 48
AZITHROMYCIN 199 171 41 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 197 196 42 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 197 191 42 31
DIOVAN 175 135 44 40
RISPERIDONE 169 143 45 86
RANITIDINE HCL 161 135 46 43
PREDNISONE 160 154 47 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 156 129 48 47
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 156 126 48 110
OXYCODONE HCL 150 92 S2 50 80
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 148 131 51 178
LOVASTATIN 146 146 52 39
ALLOPURINOL 145 145 53 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 139 103 54 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 138 112 55 14
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 135 123 56 61
PLAVIX 132 125 57 45
DIGOXIN 131 129 58 70
TRAMADOL HCL 129 110 59 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 125 99 60 30
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 122 105 61 64
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 114 104 62 19
HALOPERIDOL 113 101 63 220
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 111 107 64 46
FELODIPINE ER 111 111 64 159
CARVEDILOL 111 90 64 24
SPIRIVA 110 86 67 52
VYTORIN 108 101 68 170
VENTOLIN HFA 108 80 68 112
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 106 99 70 65
TAMIFLU 105 92 71 248
SODIUM CHLORIDE 104 0 72 364
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 102 69 R 73 71
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 101 97 74 105
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 100 92 75 108
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 97 97 76 91
COUMADIN 96 96 77 119
FINASTERIDE 95 94 78 94
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 95 67 78 138
FLUOXETINE HCL 93 49 80 72
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 91 60 R 81 59
LEVETIRACETAM 89 43 82 114
SPIRONOLACTONE 86 76 83 63
ROPINIROLE HCL 85 68 84 96
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 85 69 84 142
ACTONEL 85 85 84 266
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 66 87 67
FENTANYL 83 54 S2 87 104
METFORMIN HCL ER 82 78 89 41
QUINAPRIL HCL 81 71 90 101
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 81 71 90 280
ZETIA 80 52 92 69
ONDANSETRON HCL 80 73 92 264
DILTIAZEM ER 77 69 94 126
SUCRALFATE 76 69 95 227
GLIPIZIDE 76 74 95 62
BACLOFEN 76 24 95 146
CEFTRIAXONE 71 60 98 213
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 71 66 98 254
BYSTOLIC 68 55 100 110
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 64 101 27
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 65 65 102 76
LEXAPRO 64 53 103 205
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 46 S2 104 93
GLIPIZIDE ER 63 60 104 92
LIPITOR 62 62 106 74
PROAIR HFA 62 58 106 56
SYMBICORT 61 44 108 143
SINGULAIR 60 46 109 83
ONGLYZA 59 47 110 197
PAROXETINE HCL 58 51 111 73
MECLIZINE HCL 58 47 111 132
TORSEMIDE 58 46 111 125
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57 22 R 114 82
CELEBREX 57 46 114 81
SULINDAC 57 49 114 306
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 56 53 117 87
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56 46 117 79
PHENYTOIN 56 37 117 309
BUMETANIDE 56 56 117 149
LEVEMIR 55 47 121 202
EVISTA 53 53 122 136
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 53 122 130
ASTEPRO 53 40 122 301
AVODART 53 52 122 243
NITROSTAT 53 50 122 208
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 43 127 167
INSULIN SYRINGE 51 42 127 97
FAMOTIDINE 51 29 127 88
GLYBURIDE 51 49 R 127 98
LYRICA 50 30 131 103
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 41 131 148
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 50 131 156
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 Dec. 3, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.