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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,643Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 261 out of 1454

$726K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 211 out of 1454

386 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

16% of this provider’s 386 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 386 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 9,009 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 506 439 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 409 328 2 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 351 254 3 19
OMEPRAZOLE 345 279 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 321 279 5 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 259 228 6 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 242 174 7 13
METFORMIN HCL 222 171 8 8
SERTRALINE HCL 219 132 9 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 205 153 S3 10 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 193 148 11 2
OXYCODONE HCL 192 51 S2 12 80
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 172 13 27
LISINOPRIL 180 147 14 4
TRAMADOL HCL 177 152 15 20
GABAPENTIN 173 118 16 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 172 171 17 10
ATENOLOL 169 142 18 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 165 19 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 158 120 20 15
RANITIDINE HCL 154 130 21 43
WARFARIN SODIUM 134 124 22 17
FLUOXETINE HCL 131 107 23 72
SYNTHROID 126 125 24 25
AZITHROMYCIN 120 88 25 42
ALLOPURINOL 113 88 26 28
PREDNISONE 110 92 27 36
CITALOPRAM HBR 104 100 28 21
NEXIUM 103 84 29 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 103 70 29 12
CRESTOR 100 95 31 22
CLONIDINE HCL 96 70 32 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 82 33 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 88 88 34 29
CARISOPRODOL 87 48 R 35 123
CLOPIDOGREL 83 61 36 32
METFORMIN HCL ER 83 48 36 41
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 79 67 38 44
MIRTAZAPINE 78 75 39 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74 65 40 14
BUPRENORPHINE HCL 73 0 S3 41 422
GLIPIZIDE ER 72 49 42 92
OXYCONTIN 69 30 S2 43 173
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 59 43 9
LOVASTATIN 69 56 43 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 46 46 34
METHADONE HCL 66 24 S2 46 201
CYMBALTA 65 24 48 55
DIGOXIN 65 65 48 70
SUBOXONE 63 0 50 268
LIPITOR 59 48 51 74
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 49 51 76
PROAIR HFA 58 33 53 56
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 57 41 54 148
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 49 55 95
PROMETHAZINE HCL 54 42 R 56 82
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 53 51 57 120
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 41 57 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 48 57 46
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 Sept. 29, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.