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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,396Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 230 out of 1454

$664K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 259 out of 1454

509 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

3% of this provider’s 509 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 509 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 9,498 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 500 406 1 3
METFORMIN HCL 407 337 2 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 337 291 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 326 263 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 317 220 5 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 264 174 S3 6 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 251 202 7 19
SIMVASTATIN 221 153 8 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 219 154 9 12
LISINOPRIL 218 171 10 4
GABAPENTIN 211 172 11 16
CHLORTHALIDONE 204 161 12 109
LOVASTATIN 190 187 13 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 183 175 14 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 179 150 15 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 119 16 9
AZITHROMYCIN 138 109 17 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 138 114 17 11
MIRTAZAPINE 131 105 19 53
CARVEDILOL 129 102 20 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 128 80 21 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 127 96 22 13
SERTRALINE HCL 122 96 23 26
MELOXICAM 112 92 24 37
CEFUROXIME 105 84 25 150
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 102 87 26 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 100 92 27 34
NAMENDA 95 95 28 48
ALLOPURINOL 95 75 28 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 93 83 30 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 85 67 31 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 85 81 31 91
LANTUS 85 60 31 51
PREDNISONE 84 66 34 36
NEXIUM 82 69 35 23
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 82 79 35 58
CLOZAPINE 80 0 37 286
SINGULAIR 79 70 38 83
TRAMADOL HCL 78 56 39 20
RAMIPRIL 76 65 40 66
CEPHALEXIN 75 68 41 127
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 75 47 41 106
SYNTHROID 75 72 41 25
DILTIAZEM ER 74 62 44 126
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 63 45 76
SPIRIVA 66 53 46 52
ABILIFY 65 37 47 175
CLOPIDOGREL 64 60 48 32
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 63 30 R 49 59
ATENOLOL 63 63 49 18
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 56 51 64
PAROXETINE HCL 61 50 52 73
GLIMEPIRIDE 61 61 52 33
SEROQUEL 60 47 54 177
FINASTERIDE 59 47 55 94
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 58 23 R 56 174
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 38 56 97
JANUVIA 57 37 58 77
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 56 58 30
CYMBALTA 57 14 58 55
PREMARIN 55 55 R 61 131
GLYBURIDE 55 28 R 61 98
RISPERIDONE 53 17 63 86
DIOVAN 52 40 64 40
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 Jan. 24, 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.