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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,308Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 136 out of 1454

$731K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 207 out of 1454

526 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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

8% of this provider’s 526 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 526 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 13,799 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 575 542 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 573 539 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 541 475 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 511 494 4 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 474 427 5 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 471 443 6 10
SIMVASTATIN 431 399 7 1
LISINOPRIL 408 393 8 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 308 259 S3 9 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 304 251 10 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 290 290 11 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 282 256 12 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 230 211 13 21
PREDNISONE 227 199 14 36
METFORMIN HCL ER 196 186 15 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 182 179 16 11
CLOPIDOGREL 181 179 17 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 180 164 18 15
MELOXICAM 175 153 19 37
SYNTHROID 175 175 19 25
CRESTOR 170 159 21 22
METFORMIN HCL 165 153 22 8
KLOR-CON M20 165 136 22 54
SERTRALINE HCL 158 158 24 26
PLAVIX 149 145 25 45
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 147 143 26 14
CEFUROXIME 147 128 26 150
WARFARIN SODIUM 143 122 28 17
CELEBREX 137 114 29 81
NAMENDA 136 136 30 48
CARVEDILOL 134 116 31 24
ATENOLOL 129 119 32 18
GABAPENTIN 127 112 33 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 118 118 34 12
NEXIUM 118 101 34 23
PROAIR HFA 117 69 36 56
GLIMEPIRIDE 112 112 37 33
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 111 75 S2 38 60
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 107 96 39 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 106 100 40 34
DIOVAN 106 106 40 40
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 84 42 47
FENTANYL 94 92 S2 43 104
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 91 91 44 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 90 68 45 31
BENAZEPRIL HCL 89 89 46 57
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 85 65 47 78
ALLOPURINOL 85 74 47 28
GLIPIZIDE XL 82 82 49 85
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 64 50 64
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 54 R 51 71
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 73 66 51 148
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 73 61 51 186
RANITIDINE HCL 73 73 51 43
PREMARIN 72 45 R 55 131
RAMIPRIL 71 71 56 66
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 46 57 63
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 69 69 57 58
LANTUS 68 57 59 51
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 65 65 S3 60 179
AVAPRO 64 64 61 376
QUINAPRIL HCL 61 49 62 101
LEVOXYL 61 57 62 84
TOPROL XL 60 56 64 231
DIGOXIN 59 59 65 70
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 51 65 142
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 49 R 65 59
IRBESARTAN 58 58 68 352
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 56 52 69 120
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 40 70 27
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 51 71 108
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 45 72 30
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 40 72 44
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 52 52 74 46
GEMFIBROZIL 50 50 75 128
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 41 75 72
COUMADIN 50 50 75 119
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 June 28, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.