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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,128Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 100 out of 1454

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 87 out of 1454

386 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 386 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 386 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 13,655 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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 904 773 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 639 542 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 635 565 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 600 459 4 3
METFORMIN HCL 599 468 5 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 516 430 S3 6 7
SIMVASTATIN 462 366 7 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 407 313 8 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 356 326 9 10
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 329 233 10 58
GABAPENTIN 326 230 11 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 296 240 12 15
LANTUS 246 218 13 51
NAMENDA 241 216 14 48
DONEPEZIL HCL 213 186 15 29
PAROXETINE HCL 201 162 16 73
LISINOPRIL 200 152 17 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 177 164 18 21
ALLOPURINOL 167 155 19 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 153 123 20 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 139 131 21 34
DIOVAN 138 119 22 40
RISPERIDONE 136 114 23 86
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 135 111 24 11
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 129 112 25 64
TRAMADOL HCL 127 126 26 20
PROAIR HFA 127 110 26 56
BENAZEPRIL HCL 109 96 28 57
WARFARIN SODIUM 105 80 29 17
LEVOFLOXACIN 104 86 30 95
KLOR-CON M20 103 94 31 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 100 92 32 14
MELOXICAM 99 81 33 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 99 73 33 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 94 93 35 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 80 36 47
GLIMEPIRIDE 92 62 37 33
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 92 82 37 78
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 92 54 37 61
KLOR-CON M10 90 75 40 145
HYDRALAZINE HCL 90 76 40 67
SPIRIVA 88 85 42 52
CARVEDILOL 87 72 43 24
NEXIUM 87 74 43 23
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 86 77 45 110
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 85 0 46 222
LEVETIRACETAM 84 64 47 114
SINGULAIR 82 64 48 83
CYMBALTA 78 47 49 55
JANTOVEN 78 66 49 100
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 77 68 51 91
PREDNISONE 76 71 52 36
CRESTOR 76 65 52 22
RANITIDINE HCL 74 43 54 43
SYNTHROID 74 62 54 25
MIRTAZAPINE 73 57 56 53
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 69 27 R 57 174
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 69 52 57 142
CEPHALEXIN 68 60 59 127
CLOPIDOGREL 68 65 59 32
HUMALOG 67 61 61 153
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 67 47 61 13
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 66 42 63 106
ATENOLOL 64 48 64 18
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 64 33 64 138
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 63 63 66 35
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 62 52 67 166
NOVOLOG 62 40 67 99
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 35 69 30
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 60 58 70 120
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 59 53 71 217
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58 48 72 144
RAMIPRIL 57 56 73 66
ABILIFY 57 0 73 175
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 40 75 105
DILTIAZEM HCL 56 50 75 255
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 54 14 77 291
LAMOTRIGINE 54 33 77 187
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 53 53 R 79 139
VENTOLIN HFA 53 41 79 112
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 48 79 108
EVISTA 52 52 82 136
INSULIN SYRINGE 52 48 82 97
OXYCODONE HCL 52 39 S2 82 80
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52 52 82 65
WELCHOL 51 45 86 236
CARBAMAZEPINE 51 21 86 230
QUINAPRIL HCL 50 49 88 101
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.