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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,332Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 77 out of 1454

$988K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 94 out of 1454

763 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%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

12% of this provider’s 763 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 763 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 14,211 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 879 716 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 690 519 2 3
LISINOPRIL 547 462 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 463 437 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 459 397 5 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 403 337 6 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 394 342 7 10
GABAPENTIN 383 298 8 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 369 313 9 5
METFORMIN HCL 357 263 10 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 318 248 S3 11 7
TRAMADOL HCL 296 195 12 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 292 205 13 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 292 259 13 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 255 220 15 14
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 253 139 S2 16 60
PREDNISONE 249 190 17 36
ATENOLOL 238 217 18 18
NEXIUM 210 136 19 23
SERTRALINE HCL 206 161 20 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 202 176 21 11
CLOPIDOGREL 194 173 22 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 181 162 23 9
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 176 138 24 148
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 174 145 25 35
ZETIA 169 143 26 69
CITALOPRAM HBR 166 127 27 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 165 158 28 34
DONEPEZIL HCL 162 162 29 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 158 123 30 13
CARVEDILOL 153 112 31 24
CRESTOR 148 110 32 22
SYNTHROID 146 128 33 25
PLAVIX 141 125 34 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 112 35 27
DIGOXIN 130 125 36 70
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 128 100 R 37 71
FENTANYL 127 52 S2 38 104
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 114 39 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 122 102 40 46
CYMBALTA 117 68 41 55
PROMETHAZINE HCL 115 51 R 42 82
SPIRONOLACTONE 112 79 43 63
DIOVAN HCT 110 98 44 75
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 98 39 R 45 59
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 98 93 45 12
FENOFIBRATE 98 84 45 68
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 97 89 48 61
BUMETANIDE 92 59 49 149
ENDOCET 90 18 S2 50 137
VERAPAMIL ER 87 49 51 89
AZITHROMYCIN 85 66 52 42
TRAZODONE HCL 84 49 53 50
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 71 54 67
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 64 54 64
NAMENDA 82 78 56 48
PROAIR HFA 79 66 57 56
LANSOPRAZOLE 79 51 57 140
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 77 53 59 79
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 56 60 30
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 71 69 61 169
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 71 48 61 58
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 71 25 S2 61 93
GLIPIZIDE 69 57 64 62
DIOVAN 69 66 64 40
ALLOPURINOL 69 52 64 28
PAROXETINE HCL 67 60 67 73
LIPITOR 66 53 68 74
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 58 68 96
FINASTERIDE 65 57 70 94
CARISOPRODOL 65 0 R 70 123
LOVASTATIN 64 45 72 39
ACTOS 63 55 73 90
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 48 73 31
SINGULAIR 62 34 75 83
MELOXICAM 62 26 75 37
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 60 50 77 44
OXYCODONE HCL 60 11 S2 77 80
CLONIDINE HCL 59 52 79 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 57 37 80 65
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 57 42 80 121
PREMARIN 55 49 R 82 131
INSULIN SYRINGE 55 47 82 97
GLYBURIDE 54 54 R 84 98
COLCRYS 53 43 85 116
CELEBREX 53 41 85 81
AVELOX 52 29 87 298
RANITIDINE HCL 51 49 88 43
CILOSTAZOL 51 51 88 224
GLIPIZIDE XL 50 50 90 85
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 Aug. 10, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.