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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,247Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 198 out of 1454

$654K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 269 out of 1454

429 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 429 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 10,465 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$49 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
OMEPRAZOLE 570 459 1 3
LISINOPRIL 550 438 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 506 427 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 466 337 4 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 421 368 5 14
FUROSEMIDE 368 325 6 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 359 265 7 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 332 294 8 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 307 238 9 12
GABAPENTIN 283 224 10 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 278 223 11 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 264 155 12 19
CARVEDILOL 260 205 13 24
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 240 201 14 5
GLIMEPIRIDE 231 198 15 33
METFORMIN HCL ER 214 191 16 41
NEXIUM 207 141 17 23
CLOPIDOGREL 207 155 17 32
METFORMIN HCL 197 144 19 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 171 135 20 17
ATENOLOL 157 147 21 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 153 107 22 11
RANITIDINE HCL 153 116 22 43
LOVASTATIN 148 119 24 39
PLAVIX 143 110 25 45
SERTRALINE HCL 130 113 26 26
CRESTOR 124 93 27 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 103 28 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 121 93 29 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 117 107 30 46
ZETIA 114 84 31 69
PAROXETINE HCL 113 85 32 73
HYDRALAZINE HCL 113 101 32 67
PROAIR HFA 113 93 32 56
TRAMADOL HCL 110 96 35 20
ROPINIROLE HCL 102 89 36 96
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 74 R 37 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 96 62 38 31
TRAZODONE HCL 96 75 38 50
SINGULAIR 91 61 40 83
BENAZEPRIL HCL 88 85 41 57
RAMIPRIL 88 78 41 66
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 73 43 27
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 82 63 44 61
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 81 32 45 44
TERAZOSIN HCL 79 64 46 155
DIOVAN 75 56 47 40
SYMBICORT 72 51 48 143
NITROSTAT 70 64 49 208
ALLOPURINOL 69 58 50 28
SPIRIVA 67 64 51 52
JANUVIA 66 63 52 77
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 45 53 9
LIPITOR 62 44 54 74
VENTOLIN HFA 61 40 55 112
TORSEMIDE 60 43 56 125
SYNTHROID 59 45 57 25
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58 36 58 144
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 53 58 35
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 56 51 60 254
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 55 61 102
COLCRYS 54 44 62 116
AZITHROMYCIN 53 41 63 42
CEPHALEXIN 52 36 64 127
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 51 30 65 58
DONEPEZIL HCL 51 51 65 29
CLONIDINE HCL 50 39 67 49
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 June 6, 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.