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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,895Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 124 out of 1454

$832K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 157 out of 1454

727 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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

5% of this provider’s 727 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 727 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 13,818 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

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 663 577 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 488 452 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 433 373 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 420 361 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 375 321 5 6
LISINOPRIL 370 250 6 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 308 262 7 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 300 260 S3 8 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 296 281 9 11
METFORMIN HCL 295 227 10 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 255 235 11 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 231 193 12 21
TRAMADOL HCL 230 196 13 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 219 179 14 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 210 150 15 12
GABAPENTIN 209 184 16 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 193 171 17 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 188 169 18 31
SYNTHROID 185 164 19 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 182 182 20 29
NAMENDA 182 182 20 48
BENAZEPRIL HCL 179 160 22 57
CRESTOR 177 158 23 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 171 158 24 13
MIRTAZAPINE 165 149 25 53
NEXIUM 148 118 26 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 148 130 26 19
RAMIPRIL 147 117 28 66
WARFARIN SODIUM 147 125 28 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 137 131 30 61
SERTRALINE HCL 136 131 31 26
ATENOLOL 136 109 31 18
LOVASTATIN 132 91 33 39
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 131 123 34 58
PREDNISONE 125 108 35 36
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 122 106 36 120
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 119 105 37 30
DIOVAN 116 115 38 40
GLIPIZIDE 115 71 39 62
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 114 98 40 87
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 108 41 34
CLOPIDOGREL 108 93 41 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 73 43 27
RANITIDINE HCL 101 76 44 43
FLUOXETINE HCL 98 71 45 72
CLONIDINE HCL 94 70 46 49
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 93 82 47 64
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 93 68 47 76
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 92 92 49 14
PROAIR HFA 87 80 50 56
ALLOPURINOL 86 49 51 28
AZITHROMYCIN 84 76 52 42
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 81 53 38
GLIPIZIDE ER 83 56 53 92
KLOR-CON M20 80 71 55 54
JANUVIA 79 59 56 77
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 53 57 46
PLAVIX 70 64 58 45
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 69 66 59 65
SPIRIVA 69 65 59 52
TRAZODONE HCL 67 42 61 50
MELOXICAM 67 52 61 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 63 61 78
HUMALOG 67 61 61 153
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 67 61 35
LANTUS 66 64 66 51
LIDODERM 64 58 67 158
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 50 68 47
FAMOTIDINE 62 57 68 88
CARVEDILOL 62 57 68 24
DIGOXIN 61 61 71 70
PREMARIN 59 59 R 72 131
LIPITOR 59 59 72 74
VESICARE 59 45 72 199
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 58 58 75 178
VERAPAMIL ER 57 57 76 89
ZETIA 56 50 77 69
CELEBREX 56 56 77 81
VENTOLIN HFA 55 49 79 112
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 54 47 80 110
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 42 80 129
LYRICA 53 53 82 103
HYDROXYZINE HCL 53 50 R 82 183
SYMBICORT 53 53 82 143
MECLIZINE HCL 52 52 85 132
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 April 25, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.