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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,525Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 1454

$2.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 1454

1,033 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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

11% of this provider’s 1,033 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 1,033 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 27,549 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 1,183 1,082 1 5
FUROSEMIDE 1,038 913 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 992 838 3 3
LISINOPRIL 890 781 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 748 608 S3 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 705 685 6 2
SERTRALINE HCL 700 618 7 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 664 537 8 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 536 504 9 29
GABAPENTIN 534 440 10 16
SIMVASTATIN 513 456 11 1
CARVEDILOL 432 356 12 24
NEXIUM 426 319 13 23
METFORMIN HCL 417 342 14 8
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 376 331 15 106
TRAZODONE HCL 368 273 16 50
TRAMADOL HCL 361 292 17 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 357 308 18 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 356 307 19 17
ATENOLOL 341 327 20 18
RISPERIDONE 335 305 21 86
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 333 288 22 15
LANTUS 331 288 23 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 319 271 24 19
NAMENDA 304 293 25 48
EXELON 295 288 26 135
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 285 264 27 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 277 251 28 31
CYMBALTA 273 210 29 55
MIRTAZAPINE 265 239 30 53
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 258 233 31 13
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 250 210 32 78
MELOXICAM 248 184 33 37
LEVOFLOXACIN 234 220 34 95
ALLOPURINOL 232 206 35 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 208 158 36 46
FENTANYL 206 178 S2 37 104
CLOPIDOGREL 205 194 38 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 204 161 39 91
SYNTHROID 198 190 40 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 193 154 41 61
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 189 165 42 166
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 137 43 27
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 181 171 44 217
GLIMEPIRIDE 176 163 45 33
DIOVAN 175 172 46 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 173 134 47 11
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 173 160 47 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 157 148 49 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 112 49 34
LOVASTATIN 154 139 51 39
DIGOXIN 154 154 51 70
ABILIFY 154 100 51 175
PREDNISONE 152 144 54 36
DIOVAN HCT 150 128 55 75
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 146 109 S2 56 60
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 145 135 57 12
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 144 144 58 76
CRESTOR 139 123 59 22
RAMIPRIL 139 130 59 66
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 138 99 61 65
PLAVIX 138 132 61 45
CELEBREX 137 112 63 81
ADVAIR DISKUS 136 125 64 47
PROAIR HFA 136 98 64 56
RANITIDINE HCL 134 116 66 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 133 125 67 30
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 127 103 68 105
NUEDEXTA 124 110 69 386
FLUOXETINE HCL 124 87 69 72
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 121 79 R 71 59
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 121 109 71 156
JANTOVEN 119 90 73 100
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 116 104 74 44
LEVETIRACETAM 115 77 75 114
NOVOLIN R 113 71 76 180
SPIRONOLACTONE 110 96 77 63
SEROQUEL 105 85 78 177
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 104 61 79 79
HYDRALAZINE HCL 104 104 79 67
ROZEREM 103 103 10 81 401
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 103 87 81 130
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 88 83 38
AZITHROMYCIN 99 74 84 42
PROMETHAZINE HCL 98 85 R 85 82
ESTRADIOL 97 69 R 86 164
CEPHALEXIN 96 86 87 127
PROPRANOLOL HCL 95 94 88 129
SPIRIVA 95 57 88 52
LEVOXYL 93 87 90 84
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 90 90 91 58
PAROXETINE HCL 85 71 92 73
OXYCODONE HCL 85 47 S2 92 80
KLOR-CON M20 82 67 94 54
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 82 51 94 222
ROPINIROLE HCL 81 46 96 96
CHLORTHALIDONE 80 74 97 109
MUPIROCIN 79 51 98 215
DETROL LA 78 78 99 225
LEXAPRO 78 71 99 205
VYTORIN 77 71 101 170
FAMOTIDINE 76 76 102 88
ARICEPT 76 62 102 308
BENAZEPRIL HCL 72 58 104 57
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 72 46 R 104 317
CLONIDINE HCL 72 67 104 49
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 71 70 107 35
LANSOPRAZOLE 70 54 108 140
PRADAXA 69 68 109 206
NOVOLOG 69 49 109 99
FLUCONAZOLE 69 51 109 160
CEFTRIAXONE 69 64 109 213
PEN NEEDLE 68 40 113 113
TORSEMIDE 68 57 113 125
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 61 115 108
INSULIN SYRINGE 66 44 115 97
BUSPIRONE HCL 65 53 117 176
LIDODERM 64 54 118 158
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 63 61 119 151
AGGRENOX 63 62 119 161
VENTOLIN HFA 62 35 121 112
VESICARE 62 43 121 199
LACTULOSE 62 31 121 152
AMIODARONE HCL 61 59 124 223
WELCHOL 61 46 124 236
OLANZAPINE 60 38 126 163
SINGULAIR 59 41 127 83
FENOFIBRATE 58 55 128 68
BYSTOLIC 55 40 129 110
GLIPIZIDE 55 55 129 62
INDAPAMIDE 54 41 131 184
LEVEMIR 54 18 131 202
LIPITOR 54 39 131 74
AVODART 54 53 131 243
NAPROXEN 53 39 135 122
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 53 30 135 138
MECLIZINE HCL 53 43 135 132
LANOXIN 52 52 138 242
PRIMIDONE 51 40 139 279
PREMARIN 51 33 R 139 131
OXYCONTIN 51 49 S2 139 173
CLOZAPINE 50 50 142 286
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 50 36 142 142
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 Nov. 12, 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.