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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,343Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 76 out of 1454

$959K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 104 out of 1454

426 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

15% of this provider’s 426 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 426 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 14,022 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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 772 564 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 620 529 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 495 403 3 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 453 364 4 21
SIMVASTATIN 415 348 5 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 403 337 S3 6 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 397 348 7 10
GABAPENTIN 333 268 8 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 325 304 9 17
METFORMIN HCL 286 214 10 8
RANITIDINE HCL 243 172 11 43
SERTRALINE HCL 212 183 12 26
LISINOPRIL 209 175 13 4
CEFDINIR 207 170 14 182
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 206 170 15 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 201 161 16 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 188 141 17 19
PREDNISONE 186 146 18 36
CEPHALEXIN 177 122 19 127
LABETALOL HCL 177 151 19 147
LANTUS 175 124 21 51
RISPERIDONE 174 103 22 86
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 171 158 23 2
TRAMADOL HCL 170 148 24 20
NEXIUM 164 103 25 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 163 125 26 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 161 138 27 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 111 28 34
ALLOPURINOL 149 127 28 28
MELOXICAM 147 113 30 37
AZITHROMYCIN 145 112 31 42
GLIPIZIDE 143 92 32 62
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 141 136 33 13
SYNTHROID 137 99 34 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 135 60 35 61
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 119 36 9
FLUCONAZOLE 132 72 37 160
TRAZODONE HCL 130 99 38 50
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 126 88 39 156
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 125 72 40 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 125 120 40 46
FINASTERIDE 123 96 42 94
ATENOLOL 123 122 42 18
BENAZEPRIL HCL 117 101 44 57
DONEPEZIL HCL 114 114 45 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 101 46 35
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 110 88 R 47 71
KLOR-CON M20 110 107 47 54
NYSTOP 108 83 49 245
OXYCODONE HCL 105 50 S2 50 80
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 102 65 51 106
SPIRONOLACTONE 101 83 52 63
COLESTIPOL HCL 100 84 53 331
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 99 92 54 76
LEVETIRACETAM 98 29 55 114
CLOPIDOGREL 96 87 56 32
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 95 82 57 121
NOVOLOG 93 66 58 99
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 90 51 59 142
SPIRIVA 90 82 59 52
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 87 84 61 91
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 80 61 62 87
DIGOXIN 79 72 63 70
CARVEDILOL 79 55 63 24
OLANZAPINE 78 44 65 163
PROMETHAZINE HCL 77 55 R 66 82
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 65 S2 66 60
SINGULAIR 76 51 68 83
PROPRANOLOL HCL 74 50 69 129
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 74 59 69 169
TAMIFLU 73 63 71 248
PLAVIX 72 64 72 45
NAMENDA 72 72 72 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 70 64 74 95
FENTANYL 69 59 S2 75 104
METHOCARBAMOL 69 42 R 75 210
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 66 77 38
GEMFIBROZIL 67 26 77 128
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 49 79 64
MIRTAZAPINE 65 50 79 53
SULINDAC 64 61 81 306
EVISTA 61 61 82 136
FLUOXETINE HCL 60 43 83 72
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 59 53 84 120
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 58 84 12
PREMARIN 57 42 R 86 131
SUCRALFATE 57 37 86 227
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 34 88 78
COLCRYS 54 35 89 116
KETOCONAZOLE 53 25 90 260
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 52 12 91 291
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 50 91 67
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 34 93 96
MUPIROCIN 50 44 94 215
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 22, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.