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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,419Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 62 out of 1454

$746K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 195 out of 1454

699 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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

2% of this provider’s 699 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 699 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,815 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

$38 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,050 962 1 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 883 845 2 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 732 694 3 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 563 542 4 14
OMEPRAZOLE 557 492 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 545 494 6 5
LISINOPRIL 499 470 7 4
ATENOLOL 451 430 8 18
SYNTHROID 438 423 9 25
SERTRALINE HCL 428 409 10 26
FUROSEMIDE 424 385 11 6
METFORMIN HCL 402 344 12 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 387 361 13 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 362 329 14 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 352 341 15 35
GABAPENTIN 351 316 16 16
QUINAPRIL HCL 349 317 17 101
WARFARIN SODIUM 317 307 18 17
HYDRALAZINE HCL 311 287 19 67
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 282 277 20 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 277 241 21 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 233 228 22 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 225 206 23 12
GLIPIZIDE 209 186 24 62
CARVEDILOL 201 195 25 24
LOVASTATIN 199 196 26 39
BENAZEPRIL HCL 194 174 27 57
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 193 171 28 44
NEXIUM 188 171 29 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 166 151 S3 30 7
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 136 31 124
TRAMADOL HCL 151 139 31 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 142 131 33 46
CLOPIDOGREL 141 130 34 32
CRESTOR 127 105 35 22
ALLOPURINOL 127 119 35 28
PREDNISONE 119 113 37 36
ROPINIROLE HCL 118 114 38 96
FENOFIBRATE 116 95 39 68
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 115 115 40 58
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 108 101 41 120
TRICOR 105 100 42 134
PLAVIX 104 99 43 45
GLYBURIDE 101 90 R 44 98
CLONIDINE HCL 98 98 45 49
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 95 46 34
LANTUS 93 69 47 51
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 92 81 48 31
EVISTA 92 92 48 136
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 91 72 50 30
DIOVAN 89 70 51 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 89 89 51 29
RANITIDINE HCL 88 87 53 43
GEMFIBROZIL 84 84 54 128
CITALOPRAM HBR 77 71 55 21
NAMENDA 73 73 56 48
FELODIPINE ER 72 72 57 159
INSULIN SYRINGE 71 61 58 97
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 71 52 R 58 71
PROPRANOLOL HCL 70 60 60 129
MELOXICAM 68 63 61 37
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 67 61 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 65 61 64
ZETIA 67 67 64 69
TOPROL XL 66 62 65 231
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 65 58 66 76
COMBIVENT 65 63 66 115
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 64 51 S3 68 179
KLOR-CON M10 63 54 69 145
MECLIZINE HCL 63 58 69 132
SPIRIVA 63 60 69 52
AZITHROMYCIN 63 55 69 42
LABETALOL HCL 62 57 73 147
NIFEDICAL XL 61 61 74 326
LANSOPRAZOLE 60 60 75 140
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 59 59 76 249
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 59 76 72
ACTOS 55 55 78 90
AMOXICILLIN 54 47 79 133
PROAIR HFA 53 46 80 56
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 51 51 81 169
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 51 49 81 178
LIPITOR 50 39 83 74
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 Feb. 1, 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.