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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,500Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 1454

$1.37M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 1454

980 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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

9% of this provider’s 980 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 980 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 24,313 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

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 1,080 858 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 938 772 2 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 890 736 3 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 876 762 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 846 736 5 6
LISINOPRIL 749 639 6 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 692 583 7 5
RANITIDINE HCL 635 490 8 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 630 557 9 13
GABAPENTIN 586 438 10 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 528 351 S3 11 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 521 431 12 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 516 386 13 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 499 428 14 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 365 305 15 27
METFORMIN HCL ER 338 293 16 41
GLIMEPIRIDE 336 279 17 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 330 292 18 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 315 282 19 11
SERTRALINE HCL 275 217 20 26
KLOR-CON M20 275 232 20 54
DONEPEZIL HCL 271 256 22 29
TRAMADOL HCL 269 216 23 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 267 232 24 17
TRAZODONE HCL 262 118 25 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 261 164 26 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 259 246 27 15
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 240 193 28 58
ATENOLOL 238 218 29 18
CLOPIDOGREL 229 197 30 32
ALLOPURINOL 224 198 31 28
PREDNISONE 219 190 32 36
LOVASTATIN 215 167 33 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 212 185 34 64
HYDRALAZINE HCL 207 180 35 67
TAMSULOSIN HCL 199 168 36 34
NEXIUM 198 134 37 23
CYMBALTA 195 95 38 55
MIRTAZAPINE 192 165 39 53
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 191 159 40 165
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 189 150 41 14
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 188 106 42 79
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 185 157 43 61
LANTUS 184 116 44 51
CRESTOR 181 144 45 22
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 178 96 S2 46 60
CEPHALEXIN 172 141 47 127
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 172 152 47 35
PAROXETINE HCL 170 157 49 73
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 169 132 50 44
VERAPAMIL ER 167 146 51 89
METFORMIN HCL 161 99 52 8
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 157 121 R 53 71
NIFEDIPINE ER 154 143 54 102
PLAVIX 151 131 55 45
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 116 55 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 150 137 57 65
AZITHROMYCIN 149 123 58 42
MELOXICAM 148 104 59 37
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 143 143 60 203
SPIRONOLACTONE 139 121 61 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 138 103 62 30
SYNTHROID 137 133 63 25
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 129 92 S2 64 181
NABUMETONE 127 104 65 204
ROPINIROLE HCL 127 84 65 96
ACTOS 126 112 67 90
MECLIZINE HCL 126 105 67 132
PROMETHAZINE HCL 123 59 R 69 82
DIOVAN 122 119 70 40
CARVEDILOL 121 75 71 24
METHADONE HCL 120 31 S2 72 201
LEVOFLOXACIN 118 102 73 95
SPIRIVA 115 91 74 52
FAMOTIDINE 108 85 75 88
AMIODARONE HCL 107 107 76 223
LIPITOR 105 86 77 74
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 97 90 78 257
INSULIN SYRINGE 94 55 79 97
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 71 80 47
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 92 71 81 142
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 91 89 82 76
FLUOXETINE HCL 91 54 82 72
PROAIR HFA 89 51 84 56
SINGULAIR 87 54 85 83
TIZANIDINE HCL 87 43 85 154
NAMENDA 86 85 87 48
HYDROXYZINE HCL 84 79 R 88 183
TERAZOSIN HCL 83 70 89 155
PREMARIN 81 58 R 90 131
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 55 91 285
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 78 67 91 166
ZETIA 76 68 93 69
BENAZEPRIL HCL 76 72 93 57
BUPROPION HCL SR 75 69 95 207
DOXEPIN HCL 74 58 96 234
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 74 52 96 91
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 74 62 96 108
CLONIDINE HCL 73 43 99 49
SPS 71 61 100 383
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 70 58 101 78
OXYCODONE HCL 70 29 S2 101 80
BYSTOLIC 69 63 103 110
NIFEDIAC CC 68 55 104 246
FENTANYL 68 38 S2 104 104
FINASTERIDE 68 68 104 94
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 68 41 104 138
JANUMET 68 60 104 238
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 65 56 R 109 235
LACTULOSE 65 38 109 152
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 54 111 124
LANOXIN 64 56 111 242
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 47 111 31
AGGRENOX 63 35 114 161
PROPRANOLOL HCL 63 58 114 129
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 61 45 116 144
LANSOPRAZOLE 60 58 117 140
RAMIPRIL 60 53 117 66
TORSEMIDE 60 59 117 125
TOPROL XL 60 60 117 231
NITROFURANTOIN 59 48 121 273
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 12 122 105
KLOR-CON 10 58 47 122 141
COLCRYS 57 42 124 116
LYRICA 57 56 124 103
GLIPIZIDE XL 56 56 126 85
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 55 50 127 148
SYMBICORT 53 51 128 143
NOVOLOG 53 39 128 99
OXYCONTIN 52 39 S2 130 173
DIGOXIN 52 49 130 70
NITROSTAT 52 48 130 208
LABETALOL HCL 52 49 130 147
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 51 35 134 169
PEN NEEDLE 50 19 135 113
NAPROXEN 50 50 135 122
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, 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.