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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,217Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 1454

$1.84M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 1454

701 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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
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this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 701 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 701 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 22,787 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,055 975 1 17
FUROSEMIDE 836 786 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 754 628 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 750 630 4 5
LISINOPRIL 729 686 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 727 684 6 2
SIMVASTATIN 576 512 7 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 557 538 8 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 495 442 9 10
NAMENDA 442 437 10 48
SERTRALINE HCL 438 342 11 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 391 348 S3 12 7
MIRTAZAPINE 385 373 13 53
CITALOPRAM HBR 367 325 14 21
GABAPENTIN 356 306 15 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 314 269 16 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 305 301 17 13
NOVOLOG 294 244 18 99
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 291 265 19 12
LANTUS 248 217 20 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 241 195 21 47
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 240 227 22 78
FENTANYL 237 197 S2 23 104
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 236 222 24 61
TRAMADOL HCL 232 221 25 20
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 217 202 26 91
SYNTHROID 212 179 27 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 205 174 28 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 197 161 29 19
ATENOLOL 197 183 29 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 194 177 31 14
FAMOTIDINE 189 166 32 88
TRAZODONE HCL 187 142 33 50
LIDODERM 182 176 34 158
TAMSULOSIN HCL 181 177 35 34
PREDNISONE 175 162 36 36
RISPERIDONE 172 154 37 86
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 169 165 38 9
CARVEDILOL 165 137 39 24
METFORMIN HCL 164 162 40 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 160 111 41 31
KLOR-CON M20 152 143 42 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 151 128 43 95
SPIRIVA 147 124 44 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 147 126 44 35
RANITIDINE HCL 140 129 46 43
HUMALOG 136 123 47 153
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 135 100 48 121
BACLOFEN 133 52 49 146
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 130 114 50 110
LEVETIRACETAM 128 76 51 114
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 125 109 52 166
OLANZAPINE 124 115 53 163
DIOVAN 124 122 53 40
AGGRENOX 123 109 55 161
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 117 117 56 58
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 117 98 56 130
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 116 102 58 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 115 114 59 33
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 114 95 60 151
CYMBALTA 113 111 61 55
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 111 111 62 76
ABILIFY 110 75 63 175
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 104 97 64 64
DIGOXIN 101 101 65 70
TRAVATAN Z 99 95 66 218
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 94 94 67 44
NYSTOP 93 79 68 245
OXYCODONE HCL 92 67 S2 69 80
LEXAPRO 92 79 69 205
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 87 27 71 302
AZITHROMYCIN 86 79 72 42
CLOPIDOGREL 86 86 72 32
FINASTERIDE 85 73 74 94
PLAVIX 84 84 75 45
ALLOPURINOL 84 81 75 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 68 77 72
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 82 67 78 106
LATANOPROST 81 79 79 209
SEROQUEL 81 72 79 177
VERAPAMIL ER 77 75 81 89
LOVAZA 77 72 81 172
CRESTOR 76 66 83 22
VALPROIC ACID 76 36 83 314
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 59 S2 85 60
PROMETHAZINE HCL 75 58 R 85 82
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 74 87 46
MUPIROCIN 73 58 88 215
BUPROPION XL 70 69 89 194
HYDRALAZINE HCL 70 43 89 67
CLONIDINE HCL 70 64 89 49
LACTULOSE 68 45 92 152
AMOXICILLIN 67 65 93 133
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 67 55 93 156
NEXIUM 67 37 93 23
AZOPT 66 58 96 383
SEROQUEL XR 65 65 97 320
KLOR-CON M10 64 56 98 145
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63 60 99 108
AMITIZA 62 39 100 272
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 30 R 101 59
LOVASTATIN 61 48 101 39
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 49 103 27
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 59 46 104 178
ONDANSETRON HCL 58 35 105 264
SANTYL 57 50 106 228
GLIPIZIDE XL 57 33 106 85
ACTOS 55 55 108 90
CEFTRIAXONE 52 46 109 213
NOVOLIN R 51 48 110 180
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 51 51 110 190
BENICAR 51 51 110 189
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 40 110 79
KETOCONAZOLE 50 45 114 260
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. 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.