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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,158Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 80 out of 1454

$859K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 145 out of 1454

601 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

9% of this provider’s 601 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 601 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 14,616 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 810 713 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 788 676 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 635 545 3 3
LISINOPRIL 581 450 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 564 347 S3 5 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 560 475 6 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 428 395 7 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 373 328 8 9
ATENOLOL 357 310 9 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 349 293 10 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 334 264 11 13
METFORMIN HCL 332 290 12 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 329 274 13 10
GLIPIZIDE 285 251 14 62
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 240 203 15 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 235 218 16 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 232 227 17 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 218 200 18 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 215 115 19 19
CLOPIDOGREL 204 166 20 32
NEXIUM 171 143 21 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 166 126 22 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 166 126 22 12
GABAPENTIN 164 121 24 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 158 103 25 46
ALLOPURINOL 157 155 26 28
TRAMADOL HCL 155 133 27 20
CRESTOR 152 127 28 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 150 127 29 35
GUANFACINE HCL 146 146 R 30 288
CARVEDILOL 143 113 31 24
PLAVIX 142 112 32 45
CLONIDINE HCL 133 98 33 49
PROAIR HFA 129 53 34 56
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 129 126 34 65
LOVASTATIN 123 110 36 39
PREDNISONE 121 67 37 36
SYNTHROID 118 92 38 25
PAROXETINE HCL 116 98 39 73
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 116 72 S2 39 60
IBUPROFEN 115 68 41 107
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 105 42 38
RANITIDINE HCL 109 101 43 43
AZITHROMYCIN 108 91 44 42
DONEPEZIL HCL 99 99 45 29
SERTRALINE HCL 99 70 45 26
NIFEDIPINE ER 97 87 47 102
ADVAIR DISKUS 96 58 48 47
BENAZEPRIL HCL 93 80 49 57
ACTOS 92 83 50 90
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 92 73 50 110
RAMIPRIL 91 66 52 66
LIPITOR 90 83 53 74
GLIMEPIRIDE 87 74 54 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 84 55 34
FLUOXETINE HCL 82 60 56 72
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 78 60 R 57 71
SPIRONOLACTONE 76 70 58 63
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 75 71 59 168
MECLIZINE HCL 75 74 59 132
PROMETHAZINE HCL 75 39 R 59 82
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 74 52 R 62 59
DIOVAN HCT 72 72 63 75
NITROSTAT 71 47 64 208
ROPINIROLE HCL 69 38 65 96
DIGOXIN 68 67 66 70
SPIRIVA 65 52 67 52
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 52 68 167
VENTOLIN HFA 62 19 69 112
HYDRALAZINE HCL 62 45 69 67
DILTIAZEM ER 62 54 69 126
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62 37 69 61
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 55 73 64
COMBIVENT 61 21 73 115
GLIPIZIDE XL 60 50 75 85
CELEBREX 60 60 75 81
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 25 77 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 58 47 78 21
TORSEMIDE 58 50 78 125
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 57 57 80 58
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 56 48 81 44
CARISOPRODOL 55 33 R 82 123
LABETALOL HCL 54 49 83 147
KLOR-CON M20 54 41 83 54
ESTRADIOL 54 39 R 83 164
GEMFIBROZIL 51 26 86 128
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 51 86 76
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 50 46 R 88 139
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 7, 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.