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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,124Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 82 out of 1454

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 86 out of 1454

535 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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
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this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 535 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 535 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 12,139 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

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 803 426 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 608 385 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 535 426 3 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 421 362 4 17
LISINOPRIL 368 251 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 319 266 6 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 319 226 6 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 286 197 8 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 278 263 9 29
TRAMADOL HCL 272 162 10 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 263 202 11 34
TRAZODONE HCL 253 165 12 50
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 226 150 13 5
KLOR-CON M20 225 198 14 54
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 220 154 S3 15 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 200 135 16 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 197 141 17 46
LOVASTATIN 187 128 18 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 183 86 19 65
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 180 105 20 138
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 175 120 21 11
CARVEDILOL 173 157 22 24
MIRTAZAPINE 171 109 23 53
RANITIDINE HCL 171 129 23 43
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 167 126 25 76
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 98 25 27
TORSEMIDE 163 129 27 125
CLOPIDOGREL 159 91 28 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 157 108 29 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 151 129 30 15
MELOXICAM 144 87 31 37
RISPERIDONE 143 111 32 86
HYDRALAZINE HCL 143 80 32 67
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 140 55 34 19
NAMENDA 137 128 35 48
METFORMIN HCL 136 102 36 8
LANTUS 133 80 37 51
NEXIUM 128 59 38 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 124 63 39 44
ADVAIR DISKUS 122 74 40 47
ATENOLOL 122 74 40 18
LEVETIRACETAM 121 105 42 114
DILTIAZEM ER 119 60 43 126
SERTRALINE HCL 119 82 43 26
GABAPENTIN 116 85 45 16
SPIRIVA 114 87 46 52
PLAVIX 112 78 47 45
CYMBALTA 109 75 48 55
CITALOPRAM HBR 107 96 49 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 105 70 50 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 103 69 51 106
FLUOXETINE HCL 103 66 51 72
HYDROXYZINE HCL 103 76 R 51 183
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 102 71 54 14
CLONIDINE HCL 97 77 55 49
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 95 54 S2 56 60
GLIPIZIDE 94 49 57 62
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 90 48 58 87
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 90 64 58 110
AGGRENOX 86 53 60 161
PROAIR HFA 83 54 61 56
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 83 53 61 12
SINGULAIR 80 33 63 83
BENAZEPRIL HCL 79 74 64 57
ZETIA 79 62 64 69
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 76 48 66 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 44 67 30
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 75 67 67 91
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 74 29 69 105
LIDODERM 72 58 70 158
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 71 13 71 211
LACTULOSE 69 52 72 152
DIOVAN 68 35 73 40
COLCRYS 66 45 74 116
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 46 74 108
FENTANYL 66 63 S2 74 104
LABETALOL HCL 64 33 77 147
TRICOR 64 0 77 134
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 53 79 38
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 63 0 79 169
NAPROXEN 62 46 81 122
OLANZAPINE 61 46 82 163
ACTOS 61 25 82 90
DILANTIN 61 44 82 244
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 31 R 85 59
BUPROPION XL 58 14 86 194
CRESTOR 57 43 87 22
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54 27 88 144
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 54 40 88 148
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 38 90 176
CARBAMAZEPINE 51 42 91 230
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 51 51 91 269
ALLOPURINOL 51 40 91 28
LYRICA 51 22 91 103
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 44 R 91 71
GEMFIBROZIL 50 18 96 128
PROMETHAZINE HCL 50 27 R 96 82
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.