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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,855Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 1454

$1.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 1454

726 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
38%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

25% of this provider’s 726 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

39% of this provider’s 726 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 8,007 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

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,628 472 S3 1 7
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 764 300 2 118
OMEPRAZOLE 758 255 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 737 265 4 1
CARISOPRODOL 721 82 R 5 123
TRAMADOL HCL 617 175 6 20
FUROSEMIDE 546 259 7 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 542 198 8 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 487 118 9 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 410 199 10 10
NEXIUM 407 146 11 23
LISINOPRIL 396 102 12 4
CRESTOR 385 162 13 22
AMOXICILLIN 369 123 14 133
GABAPENTIN 352 107 15 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 331 147 16 2
ENDOCET 307 69 S2 17 137
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 307 153 17 13
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 305 175 R 19 139
METFORMIN HCL 296 127 20 8
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 285 111 S2 21 60
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 260 176 22 46
PREDNISONE 259 94 23 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 232 103 24 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 227 111 25 5
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 216 75 S2 26 93
PROAIR HFA 197 36 27 56
CLOPIDOGREL 196 104 28 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194 101 29 9
PROMETHAZINE HCL 188 47 R 30 82
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 183 55 R 31 59
CYMBALTA 177 18 32 55
MELOXICAM 176 78 33 37
SYMBICORT 172 48 34 143
CEPHALEXIN 167 75 35 127
MECLIZINE HCL 151 74 36 132
BYSTOLIC 145 59 37 110
PLAVIX 143 74 38 45
RANITIDINE HCL 143 69 38 43
ALLOPURINOL 142 98 40 28
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 140 43 R 41 71
IBUPROFEN 137 20 42 107
CITALOPRAM HBR 129 24 43 21
TRAZODONE HCL 127 0 44 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 118 36 45 35
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 117 41 46 108
WELCHOL 110 27 47 236
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 109 35 48 142
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 106 48 49 78
ATENOLOL 105 85 50 18
ROPINIROLE HCL 105 51 50 96
CARVEDILOL 103 59 52 24
VENTOLIN HFA 103 27 52 112
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 103 27 52 138
PAROXETINE HCL 101 38 55 73
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 97 22 56 110
NAPROXEN 92 22 57 122
NAMENDA 91 43 58 48
GLIMEPIRIDE 91 49 58 33
RANEXA 91 38 58 367
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 90 24 61 121
TOPIRAMATE 89 0 62 192
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 39 63 38
BUMETANIDE 88 38 63 149
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 48 65 31
FLUOXETINE HCL 87 27 65 72
PREMARIN 80 16 R 67 131
BENICAR HCT 80 42 67 240
AZITHROMYCIN 78 22 69 42
DETROL LA 76 28 70 225
COMBIVENT 75 29 71 115
SINGULAIR 74 0 72 83
CLONIDINE HCL 73 13 73 49
METOLAZONE 72 21 74 216
COLCRYS 72 34 74 116
GEMFIBROZIL 72 21 74 128
WARFARIN SODIUM 71 53 77 17
CARBAMAZEPINE 69 0 78 230
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 12 78 47
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 67 0 S2 80 433
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 44 81 34
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 64 0 R 82 174
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 64 41 82 65
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 62 23 84 11
SERTRALINE HCL 61 14 85 26
PROPRANOLOL HCL 60 0 86 129
LYRICA 60 0 86 103
ABILIFY 59 11 88 175
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 58 0 89 106
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 56 0 90 398
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 54 0 91 269
SEROQUEL XR 53 0 92 320
DICYCLOMINE HCL 53 0 92 258
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 53 0 92 144
SYNTHROID 52 30 95 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 25 95 29
MIRTAZAPINE 52 0 95 53
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 51 36 98 169
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 8, 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.