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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,009Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 516 out of 1454

$418K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 579 out of 1454

230 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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

6% of this provider’s 230 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 230 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,633 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% 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

35 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 296 276 1 6
OMEPRAZOLE 269 258 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 255 233 3 5
JANTOVEN 242 146 4 100
SIMVASTATIN 238 188 5 1
LISINOPRIL 227 163 6 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 223 221 7 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 185 177 8 106
CITALOPRAM HBR 181 179 9 21
NAMENDA 159 159 10 48
SERTRALINE HCL 154 112 11 26
MIRTAZAPINE 149 145 12 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 147 143 13 2
RISPERIDONE 145 120 14 86
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 140 138 15 10
CARVEDILOL 106 96 16 24
TRAMADOL HCL 97 81 17 20
METFORMIN HCL 94 56 18 8
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 93 43 19 91
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 88 20 9
GABAPENTIN 84 71 21 16
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 78 61 22 78
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 75 60 23 15
MELOXICAM 72 60 24 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 62 25 30
CYMBALTA 67 57 26 55
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 67 26 14
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 66 28 58
DIGOXIN 65 65 29 70
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 51 30 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 61 56 31 13
KLOR-CON M20 59 59 32 54
NIASPAN 59 39 32 117
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 56 17 34 222
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 34 35 19
ATENOLOL 54 54 36 18
CLOZAPINE 54 0 36 286
SEROQUEL 52 26 38 177
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 52 50 38 151
LEVETIRACETAM 52 31 38 114
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 52 52 38 46
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 Sept. 28, 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.