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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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40,642Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 1454

$2.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 1454

1,028 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

13% of this provider’s 1,028 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 1,028 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 30,912 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
FUROSEMIDE 1,797 1,520 1 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 1,094 917 2 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,058 832 3 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,023 859 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,021 823 5 2
LISINOPRIL 1,019 800 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 875 729 7 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 819 594 8 10
GABAPENTIN 790 527 9 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 703 691 10 29
OMEPRAZOLE 686 560 11 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 584 329 S3 12 7
CARVEDILOL 568 487 13 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 566 420 14 17
METFORMIN HCL 560 440 15 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 494 398 16 31
PLAVIX 474 361 17 45
CLOPIDOGREL 453 321 18 32
RANITIDINE HCL 412 295 19 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 397 297 20 21
CRESTOR 392 273 21 22
NEXIUM 390 253 22 23
NAMENDA 390 376 22 48
RISPERIDONE 384 296 24 86
MIRTAZAPINE 373 369 25 53
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 367 291 26 9
TRAMADOL HCL 362 265 27 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 360 263 28 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 354 298 29 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 353 313 30 14
SERTRALINE HCL 326 211 31 26
CLONIDINE HCL 311 225 32 49
FAMOTIDINE 283 235 33 88
TAMSULOSIN HCL 276 229 34 34
HYDRALAZINE HCL 270 202 35 67
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 254 193 36 64
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 248 159 37 106
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 244 184 38 78
LANTUS 242 225 39 51
TRAZODONE HCL 230 161 40 50
CYMBALTA 230 152 40 55
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 229 155 42 19
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 228 198 43 151
PREDNISONE 226 151 44 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 220 158 45 63
LEVETIRACETAM 220 70 45 114
BUMETANIDE 220 194 45 149
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 206 186 48 91
ALLOPURINOL 203 171 49 28
GLIMEPIRIDE 196 163 50 33
ROPINIROLE HCL 189 152 51 96
TRICOR 184 130 52 134
KLOR-CON M10 182 147 53 145
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 178 134 54 148
MELOXICAM 178 147 54 37
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 176 133 S2 56 60
SYNTHROID 170 112 57 25
CARBAMAZEPINE 169 83 58 230
HUMALOG 164 126 59 153
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 164 107 59 138
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 160 103 61 30
ATENOLOL 160 135 61 18
BACLOFEN 157 19 63 146
METFORMIN HCL ER 157 108 63 41
NOVOLOG 150 124 65 99
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 148 115 66 46
VALPROIC ACID 147 64 67 314
GLIPIZIDE 146 126 68 62
AGGRENOX 146 99 68 161
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 139 73 70 121
PROMETHAZINE HCL 138 91 R 71 82
LEVEMIR 137 107 72 202
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 137 120 72 61
DIGOXIN 136 121 74 70
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 136 73 R 74 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 134 111 76 47
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 133 92 R 77 71
RAMIPRIL 132 107 78 66
CILOSTAZOL 129 98 79 224
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 128 101 80 254
LIPITOR 126 95 81 74
CELEBREX 125 91 82 81
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 125 109 82 130
PROPRANOLOL HCL 123 93 84 129
SPIRIVA 122 108 85 52
JANTOVEN 122 81 85 100
AMIODARONE HCL 121 107 87 223
LEVOFLOXACIN 121 98 87 95
JANUVIA 121 104 87 77
FLUOXETINE HCL 121 93 87 72
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 119 66 91 79
LEXAPRO 119 93 91 205
DILTIAZEM HCL 117 88 93 255
MECLIZINE HCL 114 103 94 132
FENOFIBRATE 112 72 95 68
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 112 106 95 76
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 111 30 97 171
CEPHALEXIN 107 82 98 127
PAROXETINE HCL 107 51 98 73
LATANOPROST 105 92 100 209
SEROQUEL 101 95 101 177
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 99 76 R 102 174
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 99 74 102 58
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 98 68 104 108
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 97 70 105 343
FENTANYL 96 48 S2 106 104
MUPIROCIN 96 73 106 215
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 94 77 108 44
KLOR-CON M20 91 64 109 54
GLIPIZIDE XL 89 77 110 85
DETROL LA 89 77 110 225
LANOXIN 89 85 110 242
HALOPERIDOL 88 40 113 220
LANSOPRAZOLE 86 62 114 140
NOVOLIN R 85 62 115 180
LEVOXYL 83 79 116 84
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 80 32 117 157
HYDROXYZINE HCL 79 63 R 118 183
LOVASTATIN 78 67 119 39
OLANZAPINE 78 63 119 163
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 73 119 38
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 78 64 119 105
CEFTRIAXONE 76 62 123 213
BENAZEPRIL HCL 76 76 123 57
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 60 125 35
DIOVAN 73 70 126 40
PATANOL 73 55 126 291
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 66 128 27
LIDODERM 72 55 128 158
EXELON 71 71 130 135
LYRICA 71 43 130 103
DILANTIN 71 42 130 244
NITROSTAT 68 55 133 208
AMOXICILLIN 63 42 134 133
VERAPAMIL ER 63 50 134 89
BUSPIRONE HCL 62 18 136 176
LAMOTRIGINE 60 23 137 187
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 59 52 138 65
OXYCODONE HCL 59 32 S2 138 80
ETODOLAC 59 42 138 212
METOLAZONE 59 55 138 216
SINGULAIR 57 53 142 83
COUMADIN 56 46 143 119
TRAVATAN Z 56 32 143 218
IBUPROFEN 56 32 143 107
ACTOS 55 47 146 90
FINASTERIDE 54 47 147 94
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 53 36 148 118
AVODART 53 41 148 243
SOTALOL 52 52 150 253
BUPROPION XL 52 25 150 194
NAPROXEN 52 40 150 122
PHENYTOIN 52 14 150 309
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 36 R 150 219
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 51 155 87
ZETIA 50 45 156 69
ULORIC 50 35 156 287
COMBIVENT 50 46 156 115
LACTULOSE 50 17 156 152
PROAIR HFA 50 23 156 56
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 March 1, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.