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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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37,926Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 1454

$2.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 1454

1,324 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

8% of this provider’s 1,324 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 1,324 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 34,255 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 2,055 1,931 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 1,693 1,523 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,482 1,385 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 1,163 1,051 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 1,144 1,029 5 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,031 1,017 6 29
SERTRALINE HCL 968 901 7 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 703 656 8 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 685 624 9 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 631 581 10 15
NAMENDA 570 560 11 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 557 518 12 9
LISINOPRIL 548 501 13 4
GABAPENTIN 517 458 14 16
MIRTAZAPINE 498 495 15 53
METFORMIN HCL 461 427 16 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 453 397 17 21
DIOVAN 430 408 18 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 417 405 19 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 405 371 20 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 362 327 21 11
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 327 283 22 46
CLOPIDOGREL 314 297 23 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 313 310 24 12
CYMBALTA 306 293 25 55
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 301 277 S3 26 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 295 264 27 58
CARVEDILOL 292 248 28 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 291 239 29 47
TRAMADOL HCL 275 259 30 20
NEXIUM 271 241 31 23
CLONIDINE HCL 254 219 32 49
KLOR-CON M20 239 225 33 54
PLAVIX 232 220 34 45
MELOXICAM 231 206 35 37
LANTUS 230 219 36 51
SYNTHROID 225 205 37 25
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 225 223 37 105
HYDRALAZINE HCL 213 187 39 67
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 212 196 40 61
TRAZODONE HCL 212 197 40 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 204 163 42 34
GLYBURIDE 203 197 R 43 98
LOVASTATIN 202 187 44 39
DIOVAN HCT 201 164 45 75
AGGRENOX 200 186 46 161
RISPERIDONE 199 140 47 86
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 196 165 48 35
ATENOLOL 195 190 49 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 191 179 50 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 190 181 51 65
SPIRIVA 185 148 52 52
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 181 160 53 91
HALOPERIDOL 171 165 54 220
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 166 153 55 76
FLUOXETINE HCL 155 129 56 72
SINGULAIR 155 143 56 83
DIGOXIN 152 152 58 70
ALLOPURINOL 152 152 58 28
BENAZEPRIL HCL 147 146 60 57
EXELON 145 145 61 135
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 143 130 62 78
HUMALOG 142 118 63 153
LIDODERM 140 127 64 158
PAROXETINE HCL 134 93 65 73
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 133 113 66 148
RAMIPRIL 133 133 66 66
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 130 124 68 30
TRICOR 129 106 69 134
VESICARE 129 116 69 199
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 125 114 R 71 71
GLIMEPIRIDE 124 122 72 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 123 113 73 19
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 122 75 74 138
PROMETHAZINE HCL 121 111 R 75 82
CLONIDINE 118 114 76 252
PREDNISONE 116 115 77 36
RANITIDINE HCL 115 101 78 43
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 112 86 R 79 59
SPIRONOLACTONE 109 94 80 63
ROPINIROLE HCL 107 107 81 96
KLOR-CON 10 105 104 82 141
CELEBREX 105 104 82 81
BACLOFEN 104 52 84 146
LIPITOR 104 95 84 74
JANTOVEN 104 84 84 100
CRESTOR 102 88 87 22
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 101 89 88 108
FAMOTIDINE 98 94 89 88
GLIPIZIDE 97 96 90 62
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 95 84 91 121
SEROQUEL 91 88 92 177
KLOR-CON M10 91 75 92 145
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 90 90 94 156
VENLAFAXINE HCL 90 90 94 229
OLANZAPINE 90 73 94 163
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 90 87 94 151
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 89 81 98 130
INSULIN SYRINGE 88 85 99 97
DETROL LA 87 87 100 225
PROPRANOLOL HCL 87 85 100 129
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 86 86 102 64
FENOFIBRATE 86 37 102 68
ZETIA 85 64 104 69
LEVETIRACETAM 83 30 105 114
RESTASIS 83 83 105 267
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 80 107 27
NYSTATIN 77 72 108 184
FENTANYL 76 66 S2 109 104
LACTULOSE 76 48 109 152
DILTIAZEM HCL 76 76 109 255
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 75 66 112 144
FINASTERIDE 75 62 112 94
GLIPIZIDE XL 74 74 114 85
ACTOS 73 65 115 90
EVISTA 72 72 116 136
TAMOXIFEN CITRATE 71 46 117 365
DILANTIN 69 57 118 244
PROAIR HFA 69 54 118 56
LOVAZA 68 40 120 172
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 67 60 121 79
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 67 66 121 169
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 52 123 38
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 64 34 R 123 174
NOVOLIN R 64 64 123 180
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 60 126 87
ARICEPT 59 59 127 308
PROPAFENONE HCL 59 59 127 333
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 59 29 127 445
VERAPAMIL ER 56 56 130 89
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 56 44 130 157
AMIODARONE HCL 55 55 132 223
SOTALOL 55 55 132 253
METHIMAZOLE 55 55 132 294
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 52 52 135 120
NYSTOP 52 43 135 245
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 48 S2 135 60
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 52 52 135 190
ENABLEX 51 51 139 313
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.