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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,490Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 317 out of 1454

$651K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 271 out of 1454

671 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

5% of this provider’s 671 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 671 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 8,932 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 582 425 S3 1 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 376 334 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 361 332 3 1
LISINOPRIL 333 314 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 322 258 5 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 317 286 6 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 253 223 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 200 185 8 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 198 176 9 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 183 159 10 13
SYNTHROID 172 164 11 25
METFORMIN HCL 171 146 12 8
FUROSEMIDE 157 134 13 6
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 151 121 14 31
ATENOLOL 143 115 15 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 142 138 16 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 119 17 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 138 136 18 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 129 119 19 11
GABAPENTIN 107 95 20 16
DIOVAN 98 94 21 40
NEXIUM 93 65 22 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 93 65 22 30
AZITHROMYCIN 88 73 24 42
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 85 85 25 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 76 26 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 63 27 34
PREDNISONE 76 73 28 36
TRAMADOL HCL 76 70 28 20
DIGOXIN 75 75 30 70
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 74 74 31 15
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 73 45 32 105
ALLOPURINOL 73 73 32 28
SERTRALINE HCL 71 63 34 26
VERAPAMIL ER 71 57 34 89
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 66 66 36 87
LIPITOR 66 60 36 74
BENAZEPRIL HCL 65 60 38 57
CRESTOR 63 56 39 22
PROAIR HFA 62 52 40 56
TERAZOSIN HCL 61 61 41 155
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61 61 41 46
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 54 43 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 58 58 43 12
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 57 45 124
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 27 R 45 59
GLYBURIDE 56 52 R 47 98
CLOPIDOGREL 55 41 48 32
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 40 49 95
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 43 50 47
PROPRANOLOL HCL 52 47 51 129
LOVASTATIN 52 52 51 39
PROMETHAZINE HCL 50 20 R 53 82
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 Feb. 25, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.