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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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44,541Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 1454

$2.76M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 1454

771 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

21% of this provider’s 771 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 771 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 38,886 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

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

58 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
FUROSEMIDE 1,361 1,268 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,317 1,246 2 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,251 1,139 3 17
NAMENDA 1,233 1,159 4 48
OMEPRAZOLE 1,229 1,120 5 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,078 1,033 6 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,073 957 S3 7 7
GABAPENTIN 1,039 902 8 16
MIRTAZAPINE 999 951 9 53
LISINOPRIL 974 867 10 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 972 880 11 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 967 830 12 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 825 721 13 2
SIMVASTATIN 738 629 14 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 727 665 15 15
LANTUS 643 507 16 51
CYMBALTA 614 537 17 55
LAMOTRIGINE 608 451 18 187
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 585 502 19 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 485 431 20 78
EXELON 485 467 20 135
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 448 403 22 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 437 400 23 106
NOVOLOG 429 374 24 99
METFORMIN HCL 419 358 25 8
OXYCODONE HCL 418 257 S2 26 80
TRAMADOL HCL 395 376 27 20
LEVOFLOXACIN 391 352 28 95
TAMSULOSIN HCL 367 328 29 34
RISPERIDONE 365 304 30 86
RANITIDINE HCL 351 305 31 43
KLOR-CON M20 328 294 32 54
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 312 298 33 130
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 311 288 34 46
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 300 289 35 156
SERTRALINE HCL 298 234 36 26
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 292 249 37 91
ADVAIR DISKUS 277 201 38 47
LEVETIRACETAM 276 189 39 114
PROMETHAZINE HCL 271 228 R 40 82
ALLOPURINOL 268 218 41 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 268 234 41 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 262 245 43 13
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 256 237 44 64
CEPHALEXIN 256 224 44 127
TRAVATAN Z 254 245 46 218
BUMETANIDE 249 248 47 149
TRAZODONE HCL 247 203 48 50
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 246 210 49 61
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 246 189 49 142
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 229 215 51 178
PREDNISONE 227 206 52 36
FENTANYL 223 183 S2 53 104
CLONIDINE HCL 223 157 53 49
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 213 171 55 30
CARVEDILOL 213 192 55 24
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 212 197 S2 57 60
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 210 209 58 76
CLOPIDOGREL 208 194 59 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 204 204 60 35
NOVOLIN R 201 140 61 180
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 195 191 62 108
DIGOXIN 186 174 63 70
GLIPIZIDE 185 167 64 62
SEROQUEL 185 169 64 177
JANTOVEN 181 115 66 100
SPIRIVA 177 136 67 52
KLOR-CON M10 174 174 68 145
CEFTRIAXONE 173 153 69 213
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 172 170 70 14
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 172 137 70 151
ATENOLOL 172 159 70 18
SPIRONOLACTONE 171 128 73 63
TAMIFLU 165 154 74 248
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 161 136 75 105
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 156 125 76 110
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 155 99 77 138
RESTASIS 155 141 77 267
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 150 139 79 304
BACLOFEN 149 81 80 146
LATANOPROST 147 145 81 209
MELOXICAM 142 126 82 37
DIOVAN 141 113 83 40
NYSTATIN 141 115 83 184
ABILIFY 140 110 85 175
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 138 109 86 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 135 112 87 31
NYSTOP 133 124 88 245
PLAVIX 129 125 89 45
LIDOCAINE HCL 127 108 90 281
LEXAPRO 124 109 91 205
FAMOTIDINE 117 106 92 88
METOLAZONE 115 104 93 216
ROPINIROLE HCL 114 92 94 96
LIDODERM 113 99 95 158
FENOFIBRATE 113 98 95 68
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 111 59 R 97 59
HALOPERIDOL 109 94 98 220
AZITHROMYCIN 106 92 99 42
LOVASTATIN 104 93 100 39
LYRICA 103 71 101 103
AMOXICILLIN 101 85 102 133
OLANZAPINE 99 80 103 163
LACTULOSE 98 78 104 152
HUMALOG 96 63 105 153
FLUOXETINE HCL 95 82 106 72
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 92 87 107 79
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 91 76 108 222
DILTIAZEM ER 91 91 108 126
MUPIROCIN 89 86 110 215
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 89 76 110 280
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 86 84 112 217
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 86 47 R 112 174
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 85 85 114 221
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 83 75 115 190
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 83 57 115 121
TOPIRAMATE 82 53 117 192
ESTRADIOL 80 80 R 118 164
FLUCONAZOLE 78 52 119 160
SUCRALFATE 77 51 120 227
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 77 66 120 274
OXYCONTIN 76 52 S2 122 173
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 76 62 122 148
NIASPAN 76 62 122 117
HYDROXYZINE HCL 75 60 R 125 183
METHADONE HCL 75 34 S2 125 201
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 75 70 125 290
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 75 73 125 326
FINASTERIDE 74 63 129 94
PATADAY 73 73 130 358
MORPHINE SULFATE 72 64 S2 131 423
GEODON 69 57 132 431
PAROXETINE HCL 65 60 133 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 65 64 133 343
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 64 64 135 58
BUDESONIDE 64 64 135 392
AZOPT 63 54 137 383
BUPROPION HCL 63 37 137 352
BUPROPION HCL SR 62 42 139 207
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 61 50 S2 140 181
COLCRYS 60 58 141 116
CARBAMAZEPINE 60 58 141 230
LEVEMIR 59 53 143 202
MECLIZINE HCL 58 51 144 132
SODIUM CHLORIDE 58 52 144 364
GLYBURIDE 57 57 R 146 98
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 44 147 67
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 54 30 148 302
RENVELA 53 25 149 232
DILTIAZEM HCL 52 52 150 255
PATANOL 52 46 150 291
COMBIVENT 51 32 152 115
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, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.