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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,709Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 49 out of 1454

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 82 out of 1454

574 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

14% of this provider’s 574 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 574 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,790 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

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 833 745 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 687 599 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 536 481 3 3
LISINOPRIL 529 448 4 4
SERTRALINE HCL 478 412 5 26
FUROSEMIDE 470 436 6 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 454 390 7 15
ALLOPURINOL 439 377 8 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 438 378 9 11
ATENOLOL 416 367 10 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 395 336 11 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 387 347 S3 12 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 369 338 13 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 327 296 14 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 324 279 15 13
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 323 284 16 87
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 316 251 17 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 307 245 18 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 278 262 19 19
ZETIA 265 210 20 69
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 256 230 21 10
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 255 217 22 61
METFORMIN HCL 243 235 23 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 240 231 24 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 235 217 25 14
GLIPIZIDE 232 213 26 62
DONEPEZIL HCL 219 219 27 29
TRAMADOL HCL 217 185 28 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 200 29 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 213 163 30 34
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 187 160 31 35
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 178 149 32 44
SYNTHROID 172 170 33 25
CLOPIDOGREL 167 154 34 32
NAMENDA 162 162 35 48
MELOXICAM 156 138 36 37
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 154 154 37 76
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 138 38 27
NEXIUM 141 101 39 23
FAMOTIDINE 133 125 40 88
CITALOPRAM HBR 133 93 40 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 131 106 42 47
SOTALOL 123 116 43 253
OXYCODONE HCL 123 105 S2 43 80
PLAVIX 123 115 43 45
CARVEDILOL 120 104 46 24
CELEBREX 111 103 47 81
DIGOXIN 111 111 47 70
SUCRALFATE 110 89 49 227
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 107 94 50 46
CRESTOR 102 94 51 22
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 101 81 52 168
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 101 59 R 52 71
VERAPAMIL ER 97 84 54 89
AZITHROMYCIN 97 82 54 42
LANTUS 97 64 54 51
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 94 82 57 166
LIPITOR 88 68 58 74
FINASTERIDE 86 57 59 94
PREDNISONE 86 63 59 36
METHOCARBAMOL 82 67 R 61 210
CYMBALTA 81 40 62 55
GABAPENTIN 80 70 63 16
SINGULAIR 78 60 64 83
PROPRANOLOL HCL 77 73 65 129
JANUVIA 74 63 66 77
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 73 52 67 138
FENTANYL 72 69 S2 68 104
KLOR-CON M20 71 63 69 54
COMBIVENT 70 65 70 115
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 57 71 64
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 63 72 95
ENDOCET 67 42 S2 73 137
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 51 73 65
SPIRIVA 66 46 75 52
VENLAFAXINE HCL 66 66 75 229
LEVETIRACETAM 66 37 75 114
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 58 78 63
PROMETHAZINE HCL 63 41 R 78 82
METFORMIN HCL ER 62 51 80 41
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 49 S2 81 60
DIOVAN 60 44 82 40
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 55 83 142
BENAZEPRIL HCL 59 54 83 57
DILTIAZEM ER 59 47 83 126
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58 46 86 144
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 54 86 79
VESICARE 56 43 88 199
AGGRENOX 55 43 89 161
IBUPROFEN 54 38 90 107
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 54 54 90 58
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 53 38 92 148
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 50 93 72
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 40 94 108
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 25, 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.