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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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35,929Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 1454

$1.58M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 1454

1,259 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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

7% of this provider’s 1,259 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 1,259 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 28,560 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 1,415 1,102 1 3
LISINOPRIL 1,313 1,062 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,212 1,052 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 1,205 1,000 4 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,090 792 S3 5 7
METFORMIN HCL 1,043 804 6 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,023 839 7 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 904 740 8 5
FUROSEMIDE 764 624 9 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 593 479 10 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 521 448 11 13
GABAPENTIN 488 386 12 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 487 413 13 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 472 469 14 29
ATENOLOL 469 367 15 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 453 325 16 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 452 385 17 17
DIOVAN 433 351 18 40
NEXIUM 386 241 19 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 373 275 20 19
COUMADIN 364 342 21 119
PREDNISONE 362 254 22 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 336 280 23 34
BENAZEPRIL HCL 333 301 24 57
GLIMEPIRIDE 319 247 25 33
TRAMADOL HCL 310 230 26 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 303 255 27 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 286 216 28 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 280 243 29 14
GLIPIZIDE 279 192 30 62
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 265 206 31 118
EVISTA 264 264 32 136
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 262 215 33 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 260 213 34 11
AZITHROMYCIN 253 193 35 42
CLOPIDOGREL 228 213 36 32
GLIPIZIDE ER 220 158 37 92
GLIPIZIDE XL 220 194 37 85
FLUOXETINE HCL 219 149 39 72
NAMENDA 214 214 40 48
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 208 141 R 41 59
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 208 189 41 27
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 207 176 R 43 139
PROAIR HFA 207 101 43 56
RANITIDINE HCL 206 167 45 43
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 203 152 46 64
SPIRIVA 197 143 47 52
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 195 159 48 76
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 184 119 49 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 182 141 50 65
ALLOPURINOL 180 177 51 28
DIOVAN HCT 179 164 52 75
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 173 137 53 44
MELOXICAM 173 137 53 37
SERTRALINE HCL 171 122 55 26
MECLIZINE HCL 165 133 56 132
GEMFIBROZIL 161 104 57 128
CLONIDINE HCL 153 120 58 49
PLAVIX 151 134 59 45
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 150 138 60 120
AMOXICILLIN 148 107 61 133
CRESTOR 147 133 62 22
LOVASTATIN 143 96 63 39
LEVOFLOXACIN 138 111 64 95
PROMETHAZINE HCL 136 98 R 65 82
KLOR-CON M10 135 119 66 145
LANTUS 134 70 67 51
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 134 65 S2 67 60
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 133 87 69 61
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 133 121 69 58
PROPRANOLOL HCL 129 101 71 129
SYNTHROID 122 110 72 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 120 101 73 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 118 95 74 47
MIRTAZAPINE 118 115 74 53
NABUMETONE 111 94 76 204
GLYBURIDE 111 102 R 76 98
VERAPAMIL ER 111 100 76 89
CHLORTHALIDONE 110 110 79 109
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 110 82 79 142
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 109 72 R 81 71
RAMIPRIL 109 106 81 66
CARVEDILOL 107 93 83 24
BYSTOLIC 104 91 84 110
CEFUROXIME 104 86 84 150
DIGOXIN 104 98 84 70
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 103 69 87 105
LABETALOL HCL 101 84 88 147
FEXOFENADINE HCL 99 44 89 342
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 97 94 90 87
VOLTAREN 94 71 91 251
PREMARIN 92 37 R 92 131
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 91 69 93 171
RISPERIDONE 90 63 94 86
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 51 95 97
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 86 79 96 166
FENTANYL 84 73 S2 97 104
LEVOXYL 84 82 97 84
VENTOLIN HFA 82 50 99 112
ROPINIROLE HCL 82 69 99 96
PAROXETINE HCL 81 58 101 73
CILOSTAZOL 80 80 102 224
METHOCARBAMOL 78 39 R 103 210
KLOR-CON M20 76 71 104 54
LIPITOR 75 60 105 74
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 74 106 124
BUPROPION HCL SR 74 52 106 207
CLONIDINE 73 62 108 252
TERAZOSIN HCL 72 60 109 155
ACTOS 70 58 110 90
TRAZODONE HCL 69 41 111 50
COMBIVENT 67 41 112 115
CEPHALEXIN 66 56 113 127
OXYCODONE HCL 64 28 S2 114 80
SYMBICORT 63 45 115 143
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 62 44 116 79
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 18 116 78
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 61 38 118 91
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 53 118 108
SINGULAIR 61 40 118 83
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 44 121 38
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 60 48 121 110
EXELON 60 60 121 135
HUMULIN 70-30 60 46 121 241
CYMBALTA 59 47 125 55
ALPRAZOLAM 58 52 126 296
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 46 126 140
FINASTERIDE 57 46 128 94
KLOR-CON 10 57 49 128 141
ETODOLAC 57 57 128 212
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 56 27 131 328
CARBAMAZEPINE 55 43 132 230
DILTIAZEM ER 55 44 132 126
AVODART 54 42 134 243
TORSEMIDE 53 46 135 125
ESTROPIPATE 53 43 R 135 469
EXFORGE 53 52 135 198
FLUCONAZOLE 52 27 138 160
NIASPAN 52 21 138 117
BACLOFEN 52 17 138 146
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 52 47 138 168
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 31 142 63
AGGRENOX 50 50 142 161
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.