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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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31,381Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 1454

$2.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 1454

785 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

14% of this provider’s 785 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 785 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 24,456 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$65 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,166 865 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 928 716 2 1
LISINOPRIL 849 695 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 822 705 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 757 643 5 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 667 538 6 10
METFORMIN HCL ER 585 449 7 41
CRESTOR 576 411 8 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 539 414 9 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 511 436 10 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 501 429 11 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 500 441 12 2
NEXIUM 498 382 13 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 494 425 14 11
TRAMADOL HCL 453 319 15 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 445 377 S3 16 7
GABAPENTIN 408 279 17 16
CARVEDILOL 398 336 18 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 385 356 19 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 381 301 20 30
SPIRONOLACTONE 379 323 21 63
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 361 286 22 19
SPIRIVA 351 275 23 52
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 351 257 23 12
FAMOTIDINE 318 270 25 88
SYNTHROID 317 288 26 25
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 315 269 27 78
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 297 291 28 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 295 264 29 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 294 276 30 33
BENAZEPRIL HCL 242 189 31 57
ADVAIR DISKUS 237 204 32 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 233 214 33 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 223 166 34 21
METFORMIN HCL 222 137 35 8
MELOXICAM 218 171 36 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 214 149 37 31
PAROXETINE HCL 211 179 38 73
TRAZODONE HCL 210 164 39 50
SERTRALINE HCL 202 145 40 26
ROPINIROLE HCL 196 185 41 96
TAMSULOSIN HCL 196 139 41 34
PROAIR HFA 193 152 43 56
CYMBALTA 190 120 44 55
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 187 106 45 105
AZITHROMYCIN 184 158 46 42
ATENOLOL 182 140 47 18
ONGLYZA 179 135 48 197
ALLOPURINOL 178 155 49 28
OXYCODONE HCL 173 65 S2 50 80
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 170 155 51 38
CLOPIDOGREL 168 151 52 32
TRILIPIX 158 100 53 196
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 147 114 54 257
PREDNISONE 143 116 55 36
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 141 89 S2 56 181
FINASTERIDE 141 102 56 94
DIGOXIN 139 116 58 70
PLAVIX 137 126 59 45
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 137 103 R 59 71
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 136 116 61 61
LANSOPRAZOLE 132 88 62 140
MIRTAZAPINE 128 116 63 53
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 127 103 64 106
DONEPEZIL HCL 125 123 65 29
LAMOTRIGINE 124 56 66 187
LANTUS 121 105 67 51
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 70 68 167
DOXEPIN HCL 114 71 69 234
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 110 71 70 91
LIPITOR 109 80 71 74
DEXILANT 103 78 72 214
LYRICA 97 77 73 103
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 96 85 74 35
TRICOR 96 54 74 134
VENTOLIN HFA 92 63 76 112
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 90 62 77 110
ABILIFY 90 78 77 175
SYMBICORT 84 60 79 143
RANITIDINE HCL 83 73 80 43
NOVOLOG 83 76 80 99
ACTOS 82 72 82 90
OLANZAPINE 81 19 83 163
LEXAPRO 81 72 83 205
PREMARIN 80 66 R 85 131
EXELON 80 61 85 135
NAPROXEN 77 60 87 122
ESTRADIOL 75 50 R 88 164
LEVOFLOXACIN 74 64 89 95
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 74 45 S2 89 93
TOPIRAMATE 71 18 91 192
RAMIPRIL 71 71 91 66
JANUVIA 70 70 93 77
LEVOXYL 70 67 93 84
INSULIN SYRINGE 70 61 93 97
AVODART 69 55 96 243
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 62 97 64
JANTOVEN 66 63 98 100
NITROSTAT 66 63 98 208
PROMETHAZINE HCL 66 17 R 98 82
LEVEMIR 65 61 101 202
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 63 55 102 138
EVISTA 63 63 102 136
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 61 104 130
FLUCONAZOLE 62 49 104 160
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 61 61 106 58
LOVAZA 61 16 106 172
CLONIDINE HCL 60 50 108 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 47 108 65
PROPRANOLOL HCL 60 50 108 129
CELEBREX 60 59 108 81
BUSPIRONE HCL 60 41 108 176
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 59 41 113 304
LOVASTATIN 58 57 114 39
ALFUZOSIN HCL 58 58 114 450
CALCITONIN-SALMON 58 58 114 325
COUMADIN 57 36 117 119
BYSTOLIC 57 49 117 110
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 53 117 72
LANOXIN 55 42 120 242
FENOFIBRATE 55 53 120 68
CEPHALEXIN 55 50 120 127
VESICARE 54 36 123 199
NAMENDA 54 41 123 48
IBUPROFEN 53 39 125 107
MICARDIS 53 51 125 233
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 52 52 127 190
GLYBURIDE 52 42 R 127 98
COMBIVENT 52 51 127 115
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 52 127 76
SINGULAIR 52 30 127 83
OXYCONTIN 51 13 S2 132 173
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 50 133 124
LUNESTA 50 37 133 361
PRIMIDONE 50 34 133 279
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 50 30 133 178
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 March 16, 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.