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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,419Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 158 out of 1454

$913K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 118 out of 1454

933 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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
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this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 933 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 933 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 10,402 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

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 647 479 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 589 451 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 499 365 3 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 429 265 S3 4 7
FUROSEMIDE 361 274 5 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 314 214 6 19
LISINOPRIL 310 234 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 295 194 8 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 279 213 9 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 261 196 10 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 258 226 11 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 254 196 12 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 252 203 13 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 231 161 14 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 229 180 15 21
CRESTOR 215 156 16 22
TRAMADOL HCL 201 149 17 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 196 172 18 14
LOVASTATIN 180 168 19 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 171 136 20 35
PREDNISONE 159 106 21 36
METFORMIN HCL ER 158 130 22 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 155 140 23 29
GABAPENTIN 155 80 23 16
ALLOPURINOL 138 93 25 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 134 114 26 31
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 129 61 R 27 59
AZITHROMYCIN 128 91 28 42
BENAZEPRIL HCL 128 103 28 57
NEXIUM 128 92 28 23
CARVEDILOL 122 107 31 24
ZOSTAVAX 122 114 31 195
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 118 88 33 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 116 79 34 34
CLONIDINE HCL 115 101 35 49
PROAIR HFA 109 52 36 56
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 97 37 38
KLOR-CON M20 104 80 38 54
TRAZODONE HCL 104 36 38 50
DIOVAN 101 86 40 40
JANUVIA 98 83 41 77
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 79 42 27
LEVOFLOXACIN 97 64 42 95
FLUOXETINE HCL 96 50 44 72
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91 72 45 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 88 73 46 30
LABETALOL HCL 85 69 47 147
CLOPIDOGREL 84 73 48 32
SERTRALINE HCL 82 30 49 26
ATENOLOL 76 68 50 18
CEPHALEXIN 76 66 50 127
SPIRIVA 76 50 50 52
DIOVAN HCT 76 76 50 75
LANTUS 74 35 54 51
MELOXICAM 71 60 55 37
SYNTHROID 70 50 56 25
ACTOS 68 45 57 90
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 50 58 46
CYMBALTA 66 44 59 55
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65 37 60 79
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 46 61 78
PEN NEEDLE 60 38 62 113
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 0 S2 63 93
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 59 59 63 65
GLIPIZIDE XL 58 58 65 85
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 58 36 65 142
AGGRENOX 57 53 67 161
PLAVIX 57 50 67 45
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 30 67 47
BYSTOLIC 56 24 70 110
BUPROPION XL 54 33 71 194
RISPERIDONE 53 30 72 86
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 Dec. 5, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.