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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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56,804Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 1454

$3.48M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 1454

1,874 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%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
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this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 1,874 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 1,874 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 45,928 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,861 1,629 1 10
FUROSEMIDE 1,809 1,586 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 1,809 1,546 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,634 1,355 4 2
LISINOPRIL 1,422 1,139 5 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,392 1,266 6 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,366 1,177 7 15
OMEPRAZOLE 1,337 1,078 8 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 1,080 929 9 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 942 749 S3 10 7
METFORMIN HCL 900 704 11 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 825 772 12 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 741 593 13 11
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 729 598 10 14 124
GABAPENTIN 682 459 15 16
SERTRALINE HCL 672 534 16 26
CLOPIDOGREL 652 570 17 32
NAMENDA 611 582 18 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 608 490 19 31
CARVEDILOL 571 497 20 24
PLAVIX 566 503 21 45
LANTUS 532 402 22 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 518 455 23 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 514 449 24 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 495 402 25 17
ALLOPURINOL 479 433 26 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 424 308 27 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 423 378 28 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 394 338 29 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 392 316 30 12
MELOXICAM 384 317 31 37
FAMOTIDINE 370 309 32 88
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 363 309 33 65
TRAMADOL HCL 362 285 34 20
CRESTOR 346 257 35 22
CLONIDINE HCL 341 250 36 49
DIOVAN 336 290 37 40
MIRTAZAPINE 330 295 38 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 309 276 39 35
PREDNISONE 308 235 40 36
HYDRALAZINE HCL 306 216 41 67
AZITHROMYCIN 295 263 42 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 292 240 43 14
COLCRYS 287 266 44 116
TRAZODONE HCL 286 180 45 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 284 245 46 78
LACTULOSE 280 220 47 152
ATENOLOL 279 260 48 18
FENTANYL 279 203 S2 48 104
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 273 214 50 91
NEXIUM 273 203 50 23
LEVETIRACETAM 262 170 52 114
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 261 227 53 64
RANITIDINE HCL 261 208 53 43
RISPERIDONE 259 198 55 86
NOVOLOG 257 182 56 99
GLIPIZIDE 250 215 57 62
CYMBALTA 249 155 58 55
DIGOXIN 246 236 59 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 244 190 60 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 229 151 61 47
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 227 160 S2 62 60
NOVOLIN R 223 197 63 180
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 221 190 64 61
LIPITOR 217 166 65 74
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 200 175 66 186
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 194 166 67 58
SPIRIVA 193 151 68 52
PROMETHAZINE HCL 192 102 R 69 82
SYNTHROID 187 187 70 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 184 146 R 71 71
HUMALOG 184 138 71 153
LEVEMIR 178 135 73 202
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 175 155 74 76
RAMIPRIL 175 167 74 66
FLUOXETINE HCL 172 98 76 72
CEPHALEXIN 169 142 77 127
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 168 119 78 79
DILTIAZEM ER 165 142 79 126
MEGESTROL ACETATE 165 148 R 79 219
LEVOFLOXACIN 164 138 81 95
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 161 80 82 138
BACLOFEN 159 34 83 146
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 132 84 38
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 158 77 R 84 59
FLUCONAZOLE 155 126 86 160
PAROXETINE HCL 155 107 86 73
NYSTATIN 154 129 88 184
CELEBREX 153 123 89 81
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 153 127 89 27
DETROL LA 153 126 89 225
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 152 127 92 108
LYRICA 152 83 92 103
LATANOPROST 148 142 94 209
ZETIA 148 121 94 69
ONDANSETRON HCL 147 89 96 264
SEROQUEL 146 126 97 177
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 145 134 98 44
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 144 132 99 130
TRICOR 144 108 99 134
GLIPIZIDE XL 143 121 101 85
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 141 119 102 142
JANTOVEN 137 109 103 100
CLONIDINE 135 116 104 252
ACTOS 135 100 104 90
COUMADIN 135 125 104 119
LEXAPRO 134 115 107 205
TRAVATAN Z 134 123 107 218
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 133 97 109 121
METOLAZONE 133 121 109 216
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 131 96 111 169
IBUPROFEN 130 107 112 107
KLOR-CON M20 130 113 112 54
SINGULAIR 129 104 114 83
INSULIN SYRINGE 129 97 114 97
PROAIR HFA 127 64 116 56
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 124 98 117 156
HUMULIN R 121 81 118 311
AGGRENOX 119 107 119 161
GLYBURIDE 118 106 R 120 98
EXELON 115 99 121 135
DILTIAZEM HCL 112 94 122 255
SPIRONOLACTONE 110 89 123 63
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 109 85 R 124 139
VERAPAMIL ER 107 93 125 89
LAMOTRIGINE 106 86 126 187
FINASTERIDE 105 74 127 94
LIDODERM 103 99 128 158
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 103 87 128 190
GLIPIZIDE ER 102 80 130 92
BIDIL 101 83 10 131 404
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 100 76 132 151
HALOPERIDOL 100 65 132 220
ROPINIROLE HCL 98 92 134 96
COMBIVENT 97 50 135 115
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 96 51 136 106
MECLIZINE HCL 96 85 136 132
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 95 91 138 120
LUMIGAN 94 93 139 341
SANTYL 94 71 139 228
NITROSTAT 93 85 141 208
BUMETANIDE 92 68 142 149
DIOVAN HCT 92 50 142 75
ONGLYZA 91 83 144 197
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 91 62 144 105
TAMOXIFEN CITRATE 90 82 146 365
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 88 78 147 217
PREMARIN 87 64 R 148 131
GENERLAC 86 83 149 370
RESTASIS 86 73 149 267
VYTORIN 84 77 151 170
PHENYTOIN 84 49 151 309
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 83 54 R 153 174
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 42 S2 154 93
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 80 67 155 166
GLIMEPIRIDE 80 62 155 33
OLANZAPINE 79 51 157 163
LOVASTATIN 79 57 157 39
ANASTROZOLE 79 54 157 309
CEFTRIAXONE 76 65 160 213
NIFEDIPINE ER 76 60 160 102
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 75 66 162 254
NIASPAN 74 42 163 117
SYMBICORT 74 60 163 143
DILANTIN 72 40 165 244
OXYCODONE HCL 72 34 S2 165 80
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 71 71 167 87
SUCRALFATE 71 50 167 227
DEXILANT 69 34 169 214
HYDROXYZINE HCL 68 46 R 170 183
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 68 57 S3 170 179
VENTOLIN HFA 68 61 170 112
AVODART 68 56 170 243
RENVELA 66 25 174 232
PEN NEEDLE 66 54 174 113
TIZANIDINE HCL 64 31 176 154
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 63 46 177 144
TERAZOSIN HCL 62 58 178 155
AMIODARONE HCL 61 58 179 223
PROPRANOLOL HCL 61 54 179 129
MUPIROCIN 60 48 181 215
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 60 60 181 203
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 59 59 183 326
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 58 56 184 337
KLOR-CON M10 58 56 184 145
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57 52 186 57
JANUVIA 56 27 187 77
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 56 44 187 302
QUINAPRIL HCL 55 50 189 101
LANSOPRAZOLE 55 50 189 140
METRONIDAZOLE 55 39 189 356
SENSIPAR 54 22 192 239
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 54 27 192 222
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 54 38 192 328
METHADONE HCL 53 33 S2 195 201
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 52 36 196 178
BUDESONIDE 52 34 196 392
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 52 45 196 343
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 April 25, 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.