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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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50,569Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 1454

$3.32M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 1454

1,204 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

18% of this provider’s 1,204 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 1,204 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 33,778 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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 1,749 1,333 1 6
OMEPRAZOLE 1,710 1,261 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,619 1,155 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,614 1,035 4 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,348 978 5 17
LISINOPRIL 1,341 987 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,029 855 7 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 987 812 8 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 938 881 9 29
GABAPENTIN 870 548 10 16
METFORMIN HCL 828 549 11 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 828 660 11 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 761 488 S3 13 7
OXYCODONE HCL 683 160 S2 14 80
CITALOPRAM HBR 681 528 15 21
NAMENDA 603 562 16 48
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 548 322 17 11
MIRTAZAPINE 486 432 18 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 455 321 19 34
LANTUS 415 287 20 51
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 408 234 21 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 407 316 22 91
MELOXICAM 406 277 23 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 402 220 24 19
CYMBALTA 395 257 25 55
PROMETHAZINE HCL 394 171 R 26 82
SERTRALINE HCL 381 251 27 26
RISPERIDONE 379 272 28 86
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 375 315 29 13
NEXIUM 364 134 30 23
TRAMADOL HCL 358 242 31 20
LEVETIRACETAM 346 112 32 114
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 342 262 33 61
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 338 202 34 106
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 334 262 35 31
RANITIDINE HCL 334 227 35 43
CLOPIDOGREL 324 271 37 32
GLIPIZIDE 297 232 38 62
TRAZODONE HCL 286 147 39 50
CARVEDILOL 282 216 40 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 280 268 41 46
ALLOPURINOL 278 218 42 28
NOVOLOG 276 190 43 99
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 276 186 43 78
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 276 212 43 35
ATENOLOL 274 230 46 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 261 165 47 30
KLOR-CON M20 253 184 48 54
CLONIDINE HCL 249 205 49 49
PLAVIX 243 209 50 45
PREDNISONE 242 190 51 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 242 207 51 64
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 237 81 R 53 174
BACLOFEN 234 87 54 146
AZITHROMYCIN 227 144 55 42
SPIRIVA 227 121 55 52
CRESTOR 216 119 57 22
LEVOFLOXACIN 212 142 58 95
BUSPIRONE HCL 205 171 59 176
HYDRALAZINE HCL 197 158 60 67
PAROXETINE HCL 196 147 61 73
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 192 155 62 130
OXYCONTIN 189 55 S2 63 173
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 188 81 64 105
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 187 170 65 76
DIGOXIN 186 170 66 70
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 182 127 67 12
ROPINIROLE HCL 178 145 68 96
NOVOLIN R 177 153 69 180
LYRICA 177 41 69 103
PROAIR HFA 173 69 71 56
LAMOTRIGINE 171 70 72 187
TRICOR 161 81 73 134
LACTULOSE 161 127 73 152
ADVAIR DISKUS 159 119 75 47
GLIMEPIRIDE 159 113 75 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 159 73 R 75 59
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 81 78 27
SEROQUEL 152 118 79 177
CARISOPRODOL 151 11 R 80 123
NYSTATIN 148 97 81 184
JANUVIA 147 71 82 77
CELEBREX 146 78 83 81
FENOFIBRATE 146 80 83 68
EXELON 143 143 85 135
OLANZAPINE 142 70 86 163
INSULIN SYRINGE 142 88 86 97
VESICARE 141 90 88 199
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 140 71 89 200
SINGULAIR 137 72 90 83
KLOR-CON M10 136 121 91 145
FLUOXETINE HCL 136 52 91 72
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 134 70 S2 93 60
SYNTHROID 130 75 94 25
LEXAPRO 129 75 95 205
LOVAZA 128 82 96 172
CEPHALEXIN 124 93 97 127
LATANOPROST 119 109 98 209
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 117 66 99 138
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 115 98 100 14
TOPIRAMATE 115 17 100 192
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 115 68 100 148
SANTYL 114 77 103 228
FINASTERIDE 113 88 104 94
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 113 79 104 156
DIOVAN 113 99 104 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 112 0 107 222
LOVASTATIN 109 65 108 39
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 107 102 109 151
KETOCONAZOLE 107 54 109 260
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 16 S2 111 93
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 106 62 111 166
FLUCONAZOLE 106 53 111 160
LIDODERM 106 81 111 158
NITROFURANTOIN 105 101 115 273
ABILIFY 103 27 116 175
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 100 88 117 254
FENTANYL 99 56 S2 118 104
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 97 50 119 144
HALOPERIDOL 96 67 120 220
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 95 21 S2 121 181
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 94 72 122 217
ONDANSETRON HCL 91 62 123 264
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 90 56 124 165
ENDOCET 90 28 S2 124 137
OPANA ER 90 0 S2 124 275
CARBAMAZEPINE 90 53 124 230
DEXILANT 89 0 128 214
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 89 62 128 110
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 85 40 130 169
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 83 60 131 108
GEMFIBROZIL 83 50 131 128
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 83 58 131 280
NOVOLIN 70-30 82 78 134 237
AMITIZA 81 20 135 272
IBUPROFEN 80 47 136 107
VENTOLIN HFA 80 26 136 112
LIPITOR 78 49 138 74
AMIODARONE HCL 78 67 138 223
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 78 61 138 121
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 78 28 R 138 317
TORSEMIDE 77 53 142 125
COMBIVENT 76 58 143 115
METOLAZONE 76 74 143 216
LIDOCAINE HCL 76 67 143 281
PATANOL 76 59 143 291
TRILIPIX 74 34 147 196
METRONIDAZOLE 73 51 148 356
TRAVATAN Z 72 46 149 218
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 72 44 149 142
INVANZ 71 60 151 427
LABETALOL HCL 71 55 151 147
PERPHENAZINE 71 27 151 427
PREMARIN 70 29 R 154 131
CEFTRIAXONE 69 63 155 213
MEGACE ES 69 55 R 155 344
NIASPAN 68 14 157 117
CLOZAPINE 67 0 158 286
LUNESTA 67 46 158 361
AGGRENOX 66 50 160 161
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 50 160 63
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 65 65 162 337
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 65 54 162 58
RANEXA 65 65 162 367
AMOXICILLIN 65 34 162 133
RISPERDAL CONSTA 64 22 166 357
SYMBICORT 64 28 166 143
NYSTOP 64 47 166 245
COLCRYS 63 45 169 116
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 62 41 170 291
PHENYTOIN 62 14 170 309
METHOTREXATE 61 42 172 191
DILANTIN 61 23 172 244
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 60 38 174 282
LANSOPRAZOLE 60 26 174 140
GLIPIZIDE XL 60 50 174 85
PRISTIQ ER 60 31 174 306
LEVOXYL 59 49 178 84
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 59 41 178 445
AVELOX 59 42 178 298
CLONIDINE 58 46 181 252
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 57 45 182 221
GENERLAC 57 32 182 370
BENICAR 57 32 182 189
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 22 R 185 71
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 54 54 186 326
NASONEX 54 11 186 315
ENULOSE 54 32 186 354
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 18 189 129
BYSTOLIC 52 38 190 110
BUPROPION XL 52 13 190 194
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 52 48 190 118
FAMOTIDINE 51 45 193 88
NITROSTAT 51 47 193 208
VENLAFAXINE HCL 51 28 193 229
ZETIA 51 31 193 69
SEROQUEL XR 51 28 193 320
AVODART 50 44 198 243
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. 6, 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.