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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,893Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 1454

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 77 out of 1454

701 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

5% of this provider’s 701 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 701 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 14,222 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

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 1,196 877 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 624 499 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 606 435 3 3
METFORMIN HCL 594 353 4 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 586 452 5 9
LISINOPRIL 513 346 6 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 506 394 7 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 462 328 8 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 425 317 9 13
GABAPENTIN 403 307 10 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 321 308 11 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 308 175 12 19
FUROSEMIDE 305 217 13 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 296 163 S3 14 7
TRAMADOL HCL 296 230 14 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 295 221 16 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 288 207 17 14
MELOXICAM 282 187 18 37
ATENOLOL 282 210 18 18
RAMIPRIL 269 228 20 66
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 253 205 21 10
RANITIDINE HCL 247 166 22 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 246 159 23 30
NEXIUM 227 142 24 23
CLOPIDOGREL 196 146 25 32
CARVEDILOL 181 124 26 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 178 124 27 15
SYNTHROID 171 117 28 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 165 135 29 31
AZITHROMYCIN 163 95 30 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 161 123 31 11
PROAIR HFA 160 99 32 56
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 157 99 R 33 71
ALLOPURINOL 152 124 34 28
PLAVIX 151 121 35 45
JANUVIA 146 115 36 77
DIOVAN 144 87 37 40
MIRTAZAPINE 141 134 38 53
PREDNISONE 140 100 39 36
CYMBALTA 134 64 40 55
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 124 93 41 44
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 120 82 42 105
KLOR-CON M20 114 105 43 54
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 112 64 R 44 59
ZETIA 107 79 45 69
SERTRALINE HCL 107 82 45 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 107 106 45 29
CRESTOR 106 78 48 22
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 106 68 48 168
BENAZEPRIL HCL 106 84 48 57
LANTUS 106 74 48 51
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 84 52 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 101 71 53 47
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 99 87 54 58
PROMETHAZINE HCL 99 45 R 54 82
PEN NEEDLE 98 60 56 113
CLONIDINE HCL 98 60 56 49
AMOXICILLIN 94 55 58 133
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 91 88 59 65
BUPROPION HCL SR 91 42 59 207
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 90 82 61 78
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 89 62 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 87 50 63 17
LEVOXYL 87 64 63 84
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 86 45 65 79
TRICOR 80 40 66 134
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 79 33 S2 67 60
HUMALOG 75 44 68 153
CELEBREX 74 39 69 81
ACTONEL 68 68 70 266
SINGULAIR 68 44 70 83
FENOFIBRATE 67 46 72 68
GLIPIZIDE ER 66 55 73 92
DIOVAN HCT 66 44 73 75
SPIRIVA 65 49 75 52
ACTOS 64 40 76 90
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 63 38 77 157
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 41 78 64
COMBIVENT 62 47 78 115
ROPINIROLE HCL 62 62 78 96
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61 35 81 46
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 59 37 82 144
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 53 53 83 211
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 43 84 72
TRAZODONE HCL 52 34 84 50
INSULIN SYRINGE 50 29 86 97
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 Oct. 12, 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.