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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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45,417Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 1454

$2.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 1454

1,480 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

6% of this provider’s 1,480 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 1,480 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 31,985 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

$49 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,808 1,160 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 1,579 1,143 2 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,362 1,007 3 12
SIMVASTATIN 1,315 1,011 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,210 898 5 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,203 841 6 15
METFORMIN HCL 1,139 759 7 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,116 861 8 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,092 869 9 5
ALLOPURINOL 957 720 10 10 28
LISINOPRIL 895 583 11 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 871 655 S3 12 7
PREDNISONE 757 546 13 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 734 568 14 13
GABAPENTIN 721 513 15 16
CLOPIDOGREL 646 508 16 32
MELOXICAM 604 448 17 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 567 453 18 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 562 400 19 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 538 332 20 27
NEXIUM 537 365 21 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 533 349 22 19
CRESTOR 498 267 23 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 476 323 24 11
SYNTHROID 462 334 25 25
CARVEDILOL 455 333 26 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 428 308 27 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 413 276 28 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 379 278 29 21
PLAVIX 377 317 30 45
TRAMADOL HCL 338 185 31 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 330 248 32 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 320 243 33 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 292 262 34 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 277 177 35 30
BUMETANIDE 274 204 36 149
GLIPIZIDE XL 274 249 36 85
ATENOLOL 261 202 38 18
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 256 136 R 39 59
NAPROXEN 249 169 40 122
LEVOFLOXACIN 248 175 41 95
AZITHROMYCIN 241 166 42 42
SERTRALINE HCL 235 166 43 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 224 188 44 35
PROAIR HFA 219 101 45 56
MIRTAZAPINE 219 159 45 53
CYMBALTA 218 93 47 55
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218 158 47 124
METFORMIN HCL ER 211 154 49 41
KLOR-CON M20 210 163 50 54
RANITIDINE HCL 205 150 51 43
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 204 161 52 118
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 202 103 53 61
SULINDAC 196 139 54 306
TRAZODONE HCL 194 101 55 50
LOVASTATIN 188 162 56 39
LEVOXYL 186 151 57 84
DONEPEZIL HCL 185 177 58 29
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 180 147 59 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 178 150 60 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 177 124 61 65
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 177 142 R 61 71
GEMFIBROZIL 173 73 63 128
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 172 125 64 203
SPIRONOLACTONE 171 88 65 63
FLUOXETINE HCL 169 94 66 72
BUPROPION HCL SR 167 66 67 207
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 165 138 68 105
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 158 108 69 79
DEXILANT 156 112 70 214
BYSTOLIC 156 139 70 110
PROMETHAZINE HCL 153 77 R 72 82
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 152 73 73 157
CLONIDINE HCL 151 116 74 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 149 84 75 47
SPIRIVA 149 110 75 52
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 140 100 R 77 139
DIOVAN HCT 139 125 78 75
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 135 96 79 148
GLIPIZIDE ER 133 127 80 92
LIPITOR 133 81 80 74
LYRICA 132 79 82 103
HYDRALAZINE HCL 131 101 83 67
ROPINIROLE HCL 127 60 84 96
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 123 113 S2 85 60
SINGULAIR 121 43 86 83
PRADAXA 120 99 87 206
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 119 74 88 108
PAROXETINE HCL 118 79 89 73
PEN NEEDLE 117 75 90 113
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 117 73 90 171
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 114 77 92 76
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 114 78 92 165
DIGOXIN 113 95 94 70
INSULIN SYRINGE 112 86 95 97
LEVETIRACETAM 111 63 96 114
NAMENDA 110 107 97 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 109 72 98 78
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 108 53 99 44
CEFDINIR 105 77 100 182
SYMBICORT 103 49 101 143
MECLIZINE HCL 100 75 102 132
RAMIPRIL 99 60 103 66
LANTUS 99 66 103 51
NABUMETONE 99 84 103 204
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 98 58 106 121
GLIPIZIDE 94 50 107 62
PREMARIN 92 45 R 108 131
COLCRYS 91 78 109 116
VENTOLIN HFA 91 43 109 112
TOPIRAMATE 90 39 111 192
CILOSTAZOL 90 79 111 224
ETODOLAC 88 79 113 212
NIFEDIPINE ER 87 78 114 102
ONGLYZA 87 69 114 197
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 86 79 116 156
NITROSTAT 84 52 117 208
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 84 63 117 138
CELEBREX 84 63 117 81
AGGRENOX 83 76 120 161
VICTOZA 3-PAK 81 21 121 319
IBUPROFEN 80 62 122 107
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 79 62 123 166
NOVOLOG 79 68 123 99
BENICAR HCT 78 67 125 240
VESICARE 78 61 125 199
PROPRANOLOL HCL 76 65 127 129
METOLAZONE 76 21 127 216
ZOSTAVAX 74 68 129 195
AMOXICILLIN 73 48 130 133
FLUCONAZOLE 72 47 131 160
BACLOFEN 71 53 132 146
ESTRADIOL 70 47 R 133 164
FENTANYL 69 50 S2 134 104
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 69 50 134 58
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 69 49 134 200
VERAPAMIL ER 68 46 137 89
NIASPAN 64 35 138 117
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 63 24 139 144
LACTULOSE 57 46 140 152
FINASTERIDE 57 57 140 94
COMBIVENT 55 16 142 115
TORSEMIDE 55 27 142 125
JANUVIA 55 51 142 77
SUCRALFATE 55 42 142 227
VENLAFAXINE HCL 55 37 142 229
TRILIPIX 55 27 142 196
TIZANIDINE HCL 54 11 148 154
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 54 46 148 142
SURE COMFORT 52 19 150 471
KLOR-CON 10 52 48 150 141
FAMOTIDINE 52 36 150 88
RISPERIDONE 51 37 153 86
DIOVAN 51 49 153 40
NYSTATIN 51 31 153 184
CEPHALEXIN 51 40 153 127
DETROL LA 50 50 157 225
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 9, 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.