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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,740Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 1454

$852K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 150 out of 1454

470 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

6% of this provider’s 470 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 470 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 13,829 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

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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
TRAMADOL HCL 897 573 1 20
GABAPENTIN 751 496 2 16
OMEPRAZOLE 710 513 3 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 516 370 4 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 469 401 5 46
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 449 387 6 2
FAMOTIDINE 432 243 7 88
METFORMIN HCL 415 252 8 8
CARVEDILOL 406 301 9 24
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 384 322 10 44
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 372 268 11 5
SIMVASTATIN 359 268 12 1
FUROSEMIDE 337 276 13 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 324 205 14 19
LISINOPRIL 320 248 15 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 295 213 16 10
MELOXICAM 289 184 17 37
PREDNISONE 278 217 18 36
TIZANIDINE HCL 262 142 19 154
CLONIDINE HCL 226 161 20 49
BUSPIRONE HCL 210 133 21 176
TRAZODONE HCL 210 108 21 50
SERTRALINE HCL 203 166 23 26
NEXIUM 200 161 24 23
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 196 136 25 64
DONEPEZIL HCL 186 175 26 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 180 172 S3 27 7
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 159 79 28 121
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 158 100 29 91
ALLOPURINOL 156 122 30 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 96 31 9
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 155 128 31 61
CITALOPRAM HBR 145 109 33 21
GLIPIZIDE 140 108 34 62
VERAPAMIL ER 137 117 35 89
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 134 88 36 15
BUPROPION HCL SR 134 61 36 207
MIRTAZAPINE 130 106 38 53
LANTUS 127 95 39 51
NOVOLOG 126 106 40 99
AZITHROMYCIN 124 87 41 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 124 109 41 33
PROAIR HFA 123 74 43 56
KLOR-CON M20 122 84 44 54
WARFARIN SODIUM 119 72 45 17
HYDROXYZINE HCL 111 58 R 46 183
NIFEDIPINE ER 106 97 47 102
INSULIN SYRINGE 105 64 48 97
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 101 45 R 49 59
SINGULAIR 100 61 50 83
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 100 91 50 169
AMOXICILLIN 95 67 52 133
LOVASTATIN 95 71 52 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 45 54 47
TERAZOSIN HCL 89 75 55 155
TAMSULOSIN HCL 89 69 55 34
LYRICA 88 33 57 103
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 64 58 30
SEROQUEL 83 55 59 177
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 82 50 60 87
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 70 60 11
MECLIZINE HCL 81 61 62 132
DICYCLOMINE HCL 80 30 63 258
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 78 66 64 13
RANITIDINE HCL 78 68 64 43
JANTOVEN 76 76 66 100
COMBIVENT 74 55 67 115
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 34 68 72
LACTULOSE 72 21 69 152
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 43 70 27
ATENOLOL 71 71 70 18
CLOPIDOGREL 70 61 72 32
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 57 73 76
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 67 44 74 144
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 66 21 75 130
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 25 75 35
ROPINIROLE HCL 65 43 77 96
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 65 42 77 78
SYNTHROID 65 42 77 25
GEMFIBROZIL 64 58 80 128
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 49 81 57
SINGLE USE SWAB 59 57 82 445
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 59 20 82 79
NAMENDA 59 59 82 48
VENTOLIN HFA 58 45 85 112
DIOVAN 58 36 85 40
COLCRYS 57 29 87 116
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 57 24 87 65
MONOJECT INSULIN SAFETY SYRNG 55 51 89 459
CARBAMAZEPINE 54 13 90 230
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 54 33 90 190
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 54 49 90 120
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 54 50 90 14
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 54 49 90 168
FENTANYL 53 34 S2 95 104
DETROL LA 53 49 95 225
GLIPIZIDE XL 52 33 97 85
CEPHALEXIN 52 44 97 127
CYMBALTA 51 21 99 55
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 51 35 99 166
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 Aug. 1, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.