ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

16,876Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 105 out of 1454

$988K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 93 out of 1454

517 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

10% of this provider’s 517 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 517 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 15,520 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

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


Another View

This chart shows a different comparison of all providers in this specialty based on their mix of drugs and volume. Providers are grouped by similarity; those least like their peers are farthest to the right. Hover over the bars to see names of other prescribers.

← Prescribers more like their peers Prescribers less like their peers →
KEY: How to read this
chart

Fewer Prescribers
More Prescribers

This Prescriber
Hover to see more prescribers

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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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
WARFARIN SODIUM 883 810 1 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 599 555 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 479 454 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 458 433 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 442 408 5 1
LISINOPRIL 410 366 6 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 357 350 7 29
NAMENDA 356 355 8 48
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 345 344 9 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 304 299 10 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 301 280 11 13
MIRTAZAPINE 287 270 12 53
GABAPENTIN 247 212 13 16
OMEPRAZOLE 238 231 14 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 236 218 15 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 226 225 S3 16 7
PREDNISONE 213 211 17 36
ATENOLOL 213 193 17 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 191 189 19 14
SYNTHROID 182 178 20 25
SERTRALINE HCL 175 162 21 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 166 166 22 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 163 153 23 12
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 157 156 24 61
TRAMADOL HCL 155 154 25 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 149 26 34
CYMBALTA 146 119 27 55
ADVAIR DISKUS 142 128 28 47
FAMOTIDINE 137 103 29 88
CARVEDILOL 132 121 30 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 128 31 9
CLOPIDOGREL 129 121 31 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 114 113 33 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 113 108 34 19
PAROXETINE HCL 110 109 35 73
TRAVATAN Z 108 108 36 218
RANITIDINE HCL 105 93 37 43
METFORMIN HCL 94 91 38 8
EXELON 93 93 39 135
ALLOPURINOL 91 89 40 28
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 91 76 S2 40 60
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 91 91 40 11
LIDODERM 91 90 40 158
CRESTOR 89 78 44 22
LANTUS 88 53 45 51
PLAVIX 88 84 45 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 88 87 45 78
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 85 79 48 130
NOVOLOG 83 69 49 99
METFORMIN HCL ER 81 74 50 41
LEXAPRO 81 81 50 205
HUMALOG 78 53 52 153
DIGOXIN 77 77 53 70
LOVASTATIN 76 76 54 39
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 74 62 55 106
RAMIPRIL 74 63 55 66
FINASTERIDE 70 70 57 94
TRIMETHOPRIM 69 56 58 329
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 69 66 58 151
RISPERIDONE 68 60 60 86
AZITHROMYCIN 68 64 60 42
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66 40 62 105
CEPHALEXIN 66 63 62 127
MUPIROCIN 64 42 64 215
TRAZODONE HCL 64 58 64 50
DIOVAN 63 62 66 40
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 62 67 76
LEVETIRACETAM 61 31 68 114
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 60 55 69 35
SPIRIVA 59 56 70 52
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 54 70 64
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 46 72 63
ABILIFY 56 12 73 175
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 55 74 67
SANTYL 55 43 74 228
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 54 48 76 110
AGGRENOX 54 54 76 161
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 53 53 78 120
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 »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to drugs@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to drugs@propublica.org.

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 Jan. 8, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.