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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,341Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 162 out of 1454

$721K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 217 out of 1454

263 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

33% of this provider’s 263 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 263 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 11,798 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

55 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
JANTOVEN 1,029 939 1 100
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 480 443 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 409 334 3 6
LISINOPRIL 351 280 4 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 341 238 5 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 337 281 6 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 293 278 7 29
NAMENDA 293 269 7 48
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 274 236 9 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 267 258 10 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 257 144 11 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 228 198 S3 12 7
MIRTAZAPINE 222 179 13 53
SIMVASTATIN 219 194 14 1
GABAPENTIN 190 153 15 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 189 171 16 106
OXYCODONE HCL 188 116 S2 17 80
SERTRALINE HCL 165 131 18 26
RISPERIDONE 139 128 19 86
OMEPRAZOLE 137 120 20 3
PREDNISONE 137 130 20 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 97 22 9
LAMOTRIGINE 135 93 23 187
CYMBALTA 134 84 24 55
BACLOFEN 132 14 25 146
ABILIFY 128 69 26 175
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 109 27 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 116 116 28 78
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 112 99 29 91
TRAZODONE HCL 111 91 30 50
PROMETHAZINE HCL 110 95 R 31 82
METFORMIN HCL 108 72 32 8
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 85 33 47
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 104 102 S2 34 60
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 103 91 35 142
DIGOXIN 102 102 36 70
SPIRONOLACTONE 92 92 37 63
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 91 75 38 108
CLOPIDOGREL 89 81 39 32
CEFTRIAXONE 86 69 40 213
LEVETIRACETAM 84 12 41 114
TRAMADOL HCL 83 80 42 20
EXELON 82 74 43 135
LEVOFLOXACIN 81 73 44 95
CLONIDINE HCL 81 68 44 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 72 46 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 80 65 46 19
LANTUS 79 63 48 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 77 51 49 11
CARVEDILOL 75 62 50 24
LACTULOSE 72 37 51 152
COUMADIN 72 72 51 119
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 71 67 53 217
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 70 58 54 130
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 67 60 55 151
FAMOTIDINE 65 18 56 88
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 63 59 57 221
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 62 59 58 13
OXYCONTIN 61 37 S2 59 173
NEXIUM 59 31 60 23
FENTANYL 58 46 S2 61 104
CEPHALEXIN 58 48 61 127
NOVOLOG 58 27 61 99
GLIPIZIDE ER 57 57 64 92
LIDOCAINE HCL 56 40 65 281
FLUCONAZOLE 55 35 66 160
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 53 46 67 148
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 35 67 64
HYDROXYZINE HCL 52 40 R 69 183
PLAVIX 52 44 69 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 39 71 31
ATENOLOL 51 51 71 18
TRAVATAN Z 51 35 71 218
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 50 49 74 178
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 27, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.