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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,945Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 1454

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 67 out of 1454

822 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
8% 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

2% of this provider’s 822 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 822 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,789 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% 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

24 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
LISINOPRIL 1,140 1,038 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 1,130 1,035 2 1
METFORMIN HCL 967 850 3 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 950 864 4 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 821 752 5 11
CRESTOR 683 622 6 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 640 595 7 13
OMEPRAZOLE 574 499 8 3
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 574 529 8 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 497 420 10 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 434 361 11 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 417 384 12 34
FUROSEMIDE 413 350 13 6
LEVOXYL 403 391 14 84
GLIPIZIDE 347 300 15 62
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 291 250 S3 16 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 287 251 17 9
GABAPENTIN 268 241 18 16
CARVEDILOL 258 227 19 24
JANTOVEN 249 220 20 100
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 233 220 21 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 232 218 22 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 231 206 23 10
ALLOPURINOL 220 218 24 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 210 177 25 31
FENOFIBRATE 206 182 26 68
CLOPIDOGREL 202 185 27 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 198 198 28 29
TRAMADOL HCL 198 172 28 20
SERTRALINE HCL 197 197 30 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 172 164 31 47
ZETIA 130 105 32 69
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 130 121 32 35
PEN NEEDLE 126 106 34 113
PLAVIX 124 114 35 45
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 123 121 36 76
JANUVIA 122 106 37 77
ATENOLOL 121 120 38 18
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 120 110 39 168
LOVASTATIN 119 117 40 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 74 41 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 108 77 42 5
SPIRONOLACTONE 108 96 42 63
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 106 94 44 44
RANITIDINE HCL 106 83 44 43
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 106 91 44 211
MELOXICAM 106 72 44 37
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN 105 105 48 332
HYDRALAZINE HCL 100 92 49 67
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 56 R 50 59
VENTOLIN HFA 97 91 50 112
SPIRIVA 90 88 52 52
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 86 85 R 53 71
NEXIUM 84 77 54 23
NAMENDA 82 82 55 48
NIASPAN 79 79 56 117
LANSOPRAZOLE 79 68 56 140
WARFARIN SODIUM 75 67 58 17
KLOR-CON M20 74 74 59 54
BYETTA 74 54 59 368
GLIPIZIDE XL 64 63 61 85
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 53 62 79
ZOSTAVAX 59 56 63 195
AMLODIPINE-ATORVASTATIN 59 52 63 445
FLOVENT HFA 58 54 65 276
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 56 66 46
PROPRANOLOL HCL 55 51 67 129
VERAPAMIL ER 52 44 68 89
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE ER 52 50 68 300
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 50 70 87
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. 28, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.