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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,888Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 40 out of 1454

$1.33M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 1454

576 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

13% of this provider’s 576 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 576 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 14,826 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,129 820 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 752 459 2 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 611 475 3 13
SIMVASTATIN 563 382 4 1
METFORMIN HCL 498 329 5 8
LISINOPRIL 497 381 6 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 475 364 7 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 433 281 S3 8 7
FUROSEMIDE 410 311 9 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 397 283 10 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 350 265 11 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 312 277 12 14
GABAPENTIN 302 170 13 16
RANITIDINE HCL 283 218 14 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 267 188 15 11
DIOVAN 249 160 16 40
CRESTOR 249 168 16 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 239 101 18 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 237 169 19 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 237 206 19 12
BENAZEPRIL HCL 233 164 21 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 232 167 22 15
CARVEDILOL 231 159 23 24
SPIRIVA 187 107 24 52
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 184 154 25 27
SERTRALINE HCL 180 119 26 26
CLOPIDOGREL 175 134 27 32
ATENOLOL 165 115 28 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 149 28 38
ALLOPURINOL 165 126 28 28
SPIRONOLACTONE 159 128 31 63
JANUVIA 158 127 32 77
KLOR-CON M20 154 120 33 54
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 149 94 34 65
OXYCODONE HCL 147 49 S2 35 80
SYNTHROID 146 120 36 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 144 105 37 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 143 86 38 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 140 129 39 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 133 60 40 72
ZETIA 132 69 41 69
CYMBALTA 132 65 41 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 131 82 43 34
DIOVAN HCT 130 82 44 75
JANTOVEN 129 129 45 100
ADVAIR DISKUS 128 83 46 47
PREDNISONE 122 79 47 36
GLIMEPIRIDE 122 103 47 33
TRAMADOL HCL 121 51 49 20
ACTOS 121 90 49 90
MECLIZINE HCL 116 99 51 132
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 113 91 52 64
PROAIR HFA 108 76 53 56
CLONIDINE HCL 108 48 53 49
MIRTAZAPINE 107 84 55 53
NEXIUM 106 59 56 23
NAMENDA 103 103 57 48
AZITHROMYCIN 101 69 58 42
NAPROXEN 101 48 58 122
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 100 71 R 60 71
LANTUS 99 38 61 51
PLAVIX 98 72 62 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 94 85 63 35
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 90 64 S3 64 179
AGGRENOX 88 77 65 161
FENOFIBRATE 86 67 66 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 53 67 30
LOVASTATIN 84 62 68 39
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 38 S2 69 60
CHLORTHALIDONE 80 77 70 109
TRAZODONE HCL 76 37 71 50
LYRICA 76 47 71 103
PAROXETINE HCL 74 41 73 73
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 72 26 74 118
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 71 18 R 75 59
TOPIRAMATE 70 14 76 192
CLONIDINE 69 34 77 252
VENTOLIN HFA 69 42 77 112
TEKTURNA 69 48 77 263
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 68 42 80 142
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 56 81 167
PEN NEEDLE 66 37 82 113
LIPITOR 66 34 82 74
PROMETHAZINE HCL 65 33 R 84 82
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 65 49 R 84 235
EXFORGE 65 53 84 198
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 18 S2 84 93
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 40 88 91
MEGESTROL ACETATE 62 62 R 89 219
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 60 30 90 188
MELOXICAM 60 31 90 37
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 59 59 92 87
IBUPROFEN 59 19 92 107
NYSTATIN 57 24 94 184
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 57 49 94 283
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 40 96 46
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 55 27 97 106
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 24 98 97
RAMIPRIL 53 28 99 66
CELEBREX 52 26 100 81
QUINAPRIL HCL 50 39 101 101
BUMETANIDE 50 38 101 149
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. 1, 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.