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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,858Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 1454

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 63 out of 1454

1,022 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

7% of this provider’s 1,022 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 1,022 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 18,766 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 726 661 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 693 610 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 617 590 3 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 549 524 4 13
LISINOPRIL 511 449 5 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 447 417 6 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 446 419 7 5
CARVEDILOL 396 373 8 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 395 341 9 9
TORSEMIDE 393 364 10 125
TRAMADOL HCL 390 348 11 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 382 335 12 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 377 333 13 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 360 325 14 27
GABAPENTIN 360 330 14 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 338 321 16 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 279 260 17 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 272 266 18 10
LOVASTATIN 270 263 19 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 254 243 20 35
FUROSEMIDE 251 211 21 6
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 251 238 21 38
TRAZODONE HCL 251 223 21 50
NEXIUM 217 161 24 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 213 199 25 14
SYNTHROID 210 210 26 25
NAMENDA 205 204 27 48
SERTRALINE HCL 198 189 28 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 197 191 29 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 195 176 30 30
METFORMIN HCL 189 152 31 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 188 163 32 21
PROPRANOLOL HCL 186 125 33 129
JANTOVEN 177 177 34 100
ADVAIR DISKUS 172 157 35 47
PREDNISONE 170 161 36 36
METFORMIN HCL ER 154 125 37 41
MIRTAZAPINE 153 152 38 53
SPIRONOLACTONE 150 131 39 63
AZITHROMYCIN 149 131 40 42
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 139 121 S3 41 7
CLOPIDOGREL 136 127 42 32
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 134 128 43 106
ATENOLOL 127 127 44 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 126 111 45 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 124 46 46
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 124 124 46 120
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 122 98 48 19
PLAVIX 120 115 49 45
CYMBALTA 111 89 50 55
GLIPIZIDE 110 95 51 62
LABETALOL HCL 100 100 52 147
GLIPIZIDE XL 96 96 53 85
COLCRYS 95 91 54 116
SPIRIVA 95 86 54 52
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 93 87 56 64
ACTOS 92 89 57 90
NIASPAN 92 81 57 117
KLOR-CON M20 88 88 59 54
FLUOXETINE HCL 86 69 60 72
EVISTA 86 86 60 136
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 85 75 62 105
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 84 84 63 76
DILTIAZEM ER 81 81 64 126
BUPROPION HCL SR 80 64 65 207
JANUVIA 80 80 65 77
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN 79 76 67 332
FINASTERIDE 72 72 68 94
FENOFIBRATE 72 70 68 68
BUSPIRONE HCL 71 69 70 176
CLONIDINE HCL 67 53 71 49
CRESTOR 67 45 71 22
RANITIDINE HCL 67 49 71 43
ROPINIROLE HCL 65 61 74 96
VICTOZA 3-PAK 64 42 75 319
LEVETIRACETAM 63 44 76 114
BENAZEPRIL HCL 63 63 76 57
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 58 76 58
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 50 79 44
INSULIN SYRINGE 61 56 80 97
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 58 81 78
PREMARIN 60 48 R 81 131
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 46 81 65
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 47 84 142
KLOR-CON 10 58 54 85 141
FELODIPINE ER 58 58 85 159
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 53 87 108
PAROXETINE HCL 55 49 87 73
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 55 41 87 156
GLIMEPIRIDE 54 39 90 33
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 53 49 R 91 71
PROAIR HFA 52 49 92 56
AMIODARONE HCL 51 48 93 223
ALLOPURINOL 51 41 93 28
ESTRADIOL 50 44 R 95 164
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 5, 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.