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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,818Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 66 out of 1454

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 83 out of 1454

661 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 661 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 661 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 13,898 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 774 569 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 606 506 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 582 505 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 527 434 4 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 509 441 5 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 506 335 S3 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 501 372 7 2
METFORMIN HCL 448 384 8 8
MELOXICAM 323 244 9 37
CRESTOR 314 266 10 22
FENOFIBRATE 303 202 11 68
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 290 249 12 13
LISINOPRIL 287 171 13 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 275 209 14 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 261 208 15 17
NEXIUM 260 167 16 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 242 158 17 19
ATENOLOL 237 200 18 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 237 155 18 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 222 200 20 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 213 158 21 11
ALLOPURINOL 208 177 22 28
SYNTHROID 201 165 23 25
GABAPENTIN 198 145 24 16
CLOPIDOGREL 191 137 25 32
IBUPROFEN 185 103 26 107
LEVOFLOXACIN 184 150 27 95
ENDOCET 174 57 S2 28 137
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 162 134 29 35
METHOCARBAMOL 152 79 R 30 210
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 148 116 31 65
CITALOPRAM HBR 148 115 31 21
TRICOR 138 83 33 134
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 108 34 27
PLAVIX 134 105 35 45
DIOVAN HCT 125 82 36 75
NIASPAN 122 108 37 117
ASTEPRO 111 80 38 301
RAMIPRIL 109 97 39 66
CLONIDINE HCL 106 100 40 49
CARISOPRODOL 106 31 R 40 123
DONEPEZIL HCL 102 101 42 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 101 100 43 14
CELEBREX 101 42 43 81
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 42 R 45 59
PREDNISONE 96 69 46 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 79 46 9
LOVASTATIN 95 67 48 39
NAMENDA 90 90 49 48
LEVOXYL 88 61 50 84
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 85 31 S2 51 93
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 80 60 52 44
AZITHROMYCIN 79 59 53 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 77 44 54 12
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 53 S2 55 60
PROMETHAZINE HCL 76 25 R 55 82
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 76 58 55 61
CARVEDILOL 75 61 58 24
CEPHALEXIN 72 52 59 127
VERAPAMIL ER 72 60 59 89
CYMBALTA 72 30 59 55
TORSEMIDE 69 56 62 125
BENAZEPRIL HCL 67 42 63 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 59 63 46
MECLIZINE HCL 67 38 63 132
SINGULAIR 66 38 66 83
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 56 66 79
BYSTOLIC 65 53 68 110
DIOVAN 64 62 69 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 41 69 34
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 62 71 76
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 41 72 78
TEKTURNA 59 48 73 263
LIPITOR 57 32 74 74
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 38 75 108
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 46 75 58
EVISTA 55 38 77 136
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 54 54 78 87
FLUCONAZOLE 54 38 78 160
GLIPIZIDE 53 45 80 62
LANSOPRAZOLE 52 17 81 140
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 33 R 81 219
RANITIDINE HCL 51 40 83 43
SERTRALINE HCL 51 41 83 26
PAROXETINE HCL 51 22 83 73
EXELON 50 50 86 135
ACTOS 50 38 86 90
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 Jan. 15, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.