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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,712Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 181 out of 1454

$611K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 312 out of 1454

665 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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

6% of this provider’s 665 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 665 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,322 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

21 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 720 638 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 567 511 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 461 425 3 5
LISINOPRIL 404 345 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 341 320 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 319 298 6 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 303 283 7 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 294 234 S3 8 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 278 266 9 13
CARVEDILOL 271 260 10 24
PREDNISONE 269 257 11 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 267 246 12 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 263 234 13 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 248 183 14 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 243 215 15 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 219 207 16 17
KLOR-CON M20 201 186 17 54
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 190 179 18 9
ALLOPURINOL 178 174 19 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 170 162 20 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 164 160 21 12
METFORMIN HCL 161 118 22 8
GABAPENTIN 149 127 23 16
TRAMADOL HCL 146 133 24 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 145 145 25 29
NEXIUM 133 98 26 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 127 127 27 44
SYNTHROID 124 124 28 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 112 106 29 14
MIRTAZAPINE 109 98 30 53
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 105 103 31 30
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 100 92 32 110
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 93 33 38
CLONIDINE HCL 97 95 34 49
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 97 94 34 61
CLOPIDOGREL 94 88 36 32
CELEBREX 87 85 37 81
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 87 74 37 78
DIGOXIN 85 82 39 70
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 84 63 40 79
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 81 75 41 91
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 59 42 47
DIOVAN HCT 74 65 43 75
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 70 43 72
SERTRALINE HCL 73 54 45 26
LEVOFLOXACIN 73 66 45 95
LEVOXYL 73 73 45 84
TAMSULOSIN HCL 70 60 48 34
AZITHROMYCIN 70 61 48 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 67 60 50 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 59 51 27
EVISTA 61 42 52 136
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 60 40 53 156
GLIPIZIDE 60 60 53 62
ZETIA 59 59 55 69
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 46 56 129
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 52 57 64
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 53 50 58 217
PLAVIX 50 49 59 45
CRESTOR 50 50 59 22
MELOXICAM 50 45 59 37
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 June 22, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.