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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,554Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 185 out of 1454

$707K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 224 out of 1454

293 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

22% of this provider’s 293 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 293 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 12,618 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 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 797 750 1 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 630 607 2 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 522 514 3 21
FUROSEMIDE 437 419 4 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 378 368 5 29
LISINOPRIL 361 328 6 4
NAMENDA 354 341 7 48
SIMVASTATIN 313 299 8 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 303 290 9 2
OMEPRAZOLE 276 259 10 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 262 223 S3 11 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 253 238 12 10
GABAPENTIN 248 210 13 16
MIRTAZAPINE 221 221 14 53
CYMBALTA 218 206 15 55
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 191 180 16 61
RANITIDINE HCL 188 175 17 43
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 175 172 18 178
LAMOTRIGINE 174 155 19 187
TAMSULOSIN HCL 173 161 20 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 168 160 21 13
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 149 133 22 78
METFORMIN HCL 144 132 23 8
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 141 138 24 30
SPIRONOLACTONE 133 133 25 63
TRAMADOL HCL 126 124 26 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 118 118 27 15
RISPERIDONE 106 78 28 86
LANTUS 104 71 29 51
NOVOLOG 103 73 30 99
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 99 99 31 19
NYSTOP 94 78 32 245
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 90 89 33 221
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 85 85 34 35
RESTASIS 85 85 34 267
NYSTATIN 82 73 36 184
SERTRALINE HCL 80 67 37 26
AZITHROMYCIN 79 65 38 42
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 79 67 38 106
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 77 77 40 130
FAMOTIDINE 73 62 41 88
TAMIFLU 73 67 41 248
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 72 71 43 151
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 70 44 46
OXYCODONE HCL 70 64 S2 44 80
CARVEDILOL 65 65 46 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 65 65 46 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 52 46 12
SINGULAIR 64 52 49 83
CEFTRIAXONE 63 61 50 213
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 59 51 91
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 51 52 108
VOLTAREN 57 57 52 251
CEPHALEXIN 56 55 54 127
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 54 55 9
DILTIAZEM ER 55 55 55 126
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 54 48 57 11
ABILIFY 54 41 57 175
MUPIROCIN 52 51 59 215
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 March 10, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.