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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,993Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 143 out of 1454

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 61 out of 1454

703 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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

10% of this provider’s 703 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 703 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 13,937 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
SIMVASTATIN 699 633 1 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 589 569 2 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 561 531 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 442 409 S3 4 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 437 433 5 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 332 311 6 19
FUROSEMIDE 332 308 6 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 284 268 8 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 273 249 9 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 262 260 10 11
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 226 223 11 44
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 224 219 12 10
MELOXICAM 216 205 13 37
QUINAPRIL HCL 213 209 14 101
ATENOLOL 212 202 15 18
METFORMIN HCL 211 204 16 8
SYNTHROID 209 204 17 25
NEXIUM 197 180 18 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 192 174 19 31
PREDNISONE 182 181 20 36
LISINOPRIL 176 145 21 4
TAMSULOSIN HCL 173 168 22 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 168 22 13
CELEBREX 165 154 24 81
AZITHROMYCIN 163 154 25 42
OMEPRAZOLE 161 156 26 3
EVISTA 133 123 27 136
CITALOPRAM HBR 131 117 28 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 127 124 29 35
CRESTOR 126 126 30 22
ALLOPURINOL 113 107 31 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 111 111 32 15
CLONIDINE HCL 109 104 33 49
GABAPENTIN 109 84 33 16
BENAZEPRIL HCL 105 105 35 57
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 98 88 36 64
DONEPEZIL HCL 98 98 36 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 78 38 72
OXYCONTIN 88 77 S2 39 173
LANTUS 84 61 40 51
CLONIDINE 80 80 41 252
DIGOXIN 78 78 42 70
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 76 43 46
VERAPAMIL ER 74 73 44 89
GLIPIZIDE 70 70 45 62
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 69 66 46 12
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 69 69 46 120
NAMENDA 69 69 46 48
DIOVAN HCT 66 66 49 75
LEVOFLOXACIN 66 64 49 95
SERTRALINE HCL 65 62 51 26
PAROXETINE HCL 63 58 52 73
PROAIR HFA 63 63 52 56
BENICAR 61 61 54 189
PROPRANOLOL HCL 60 49 55 129
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 54 R 55 59
KLOR-CON M20 58 58 57 54
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 58 58 57 78
HUMALOG 57 55 59 153
FENTANYL 57 42 S2 59 104
COMBIVENT 56 56 61 115
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 51 61 97
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 29 S2 63 93
BENICAR HCT 55 54 63 240
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 55 13 S2 63 181
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 50 66 108
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 52 67 61
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 43 67 38
DIOVAN 52 48 67 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 50 67 30
CLOPIDOGREL 51 51 71 32
TRAZODONE HCL 51 51 71 50
VENTOLIN HFA 50 50 73 112
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, 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.