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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,482Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 73 out of 1454

$943K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 110 out of 1454

707 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 707 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 707 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 15,077 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

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 695 597 1 6
OMEPRAZOLE 684 571 2 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 518 419 3 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 512 491 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 493 435 5 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 476 448 6 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 461 378 7 12
FENOFIBRATE 415 328 8 68
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 390 269 S3 9 7
SIMVASTATIN 367 286 10 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 313 277 11 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 313 263 11 15
SERTRALINE HCL 298 242 13 26
ALLOPURINOL 289 229 14 28
METFORMIN HCL 289 239 14 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 255 238 16 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 254 207 17 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 249 197 18 19
CLOPIDOGREL 246 232 19 32
NEXIUM 242 190 20 23
PREDNISONE 218 190 21 36
MELOXICAM 213 186 22 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 196 23 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 206 168 24 31
SYNTHROID 203 153 25 25
CARVEDILOL 195 176 26 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 192 137 27 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 185 163 28 17
PLAVIX 170 163 29 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 164 151 30 11
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 158 128 R 31 139
ATENOLOL 152 114 32 18
GLIPIZIDE XL 151 148 33 85
LISINOPRIL 147 113 34 4
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 127 104 R 35 71
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 87 36 27
CRESTOR 121 103 37 22
CYMBALTA 120 86 38 55
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 119 53 R 39 59
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 110 106 40 46
DIOVAN 109 94 41 40
DIOVAN HCT 108 77 42 75
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 90 S2 43 60
LEVOFLOXACIN 103 73 44 95
AMOXICILLIN 96 76 45 133
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 84 46 64
FLUCONAZOLE 92 51 47 160
NITROFURANTOIN 89 64 48 273
FINASTERIDE 89 89 48 94
AZITHROMYCIN 87 58 50 42
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 61 50 30
GLIPIZIDE ER 85 73 52 92
SPIRONOLACTONE 85 59 52 63
GABAPENTIN 85 69 52 16
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 83 74 55 78
DONEPEZIL HCL 80 80 56 29
VYTORIN 71 53 57 170
VERAPAMIL ER 70 61 58 89
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 70 39 58 200
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 48 60 72
DIGOXIN 68 66 60 70
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 42 62 47
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 65 42 63 130
RANITIDINE HCL 64 47 64 43
GLIPIZIDE 63 63 65 62
KLOR-CON M20 62 53 66 54
LOVASTATIN 62 43 66 39
PREMARIN 61 52 R 68 131
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 35 69 61
KLOR-CON 8 60 60 69 193
TRAMADOL HCL 60 39 69 20
PROAIR HFA 59 29 72 56
HUMULIN 70-30 59 34 72 241
BUPROPION XL 58 53 74 194
CEPHALEXIN 57 50 75 127
MECLIZINE HCL 57 49 75 132
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 57 75 44
TRAZODONE HCL 56 48 78 50
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 55 34 79 186
LANSOPRAZOLE 54 36 80 140
ZETIA 54 39 80 69
BYSTOLIC 53 53 82 110
GLYBURIDE 53 44 R 82 98
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 53 32 82 110
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 27 S2 85 93
SINGULAIR 52 35 85 83
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 May 30, 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.