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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,799Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 252 out of 1454

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 84 out of 1454

421 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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

18% of this provider’s 421 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 421 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 7,571 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$87 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 402 204 S3 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 259 194 2 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 228 171 3 19
FUROSEMIDE 216 174 4 6
LISINOPRIL 202 146 5 4
SPIRIVA 194 100 6 52
METFORMIN HCL 188 141 7 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 186 151 8 5
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 180 102 9 30
OMEPRAZOLE 172 137 10 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 122 10 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 168 98 12 13
NEXIUM 163 91 13 23
TRAMADOL HCL 161 122 14 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 159 101 15 21
FAMOTIDINE 151 126 16 88
MELOXICAM 148 101 17 37
PROAIR HFA 146 47 18 56
OXYCODONE HCL 145 62 S2 19 80
GABAPENTIN 141 64 20 16
SYNTHROID 139 119 21 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 132 101 22 2
BACLOFEN 131 48 23 146
FENOFIBRATE 128 56 24 68
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 125 74 25 61
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 123 80 26 118
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 118 99 R 27 316
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 118 102 27 14
SINGULAIR 117 70 29 83
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 111 96 30 15
PREMARIN 107 59 R 31 131
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 105 52 S2 32 60
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 104 54 33 10
SPIRONOLACTONE 102 78 34 63
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 39 R 35 59
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 96 66 R 36 71
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 81 37 11
ZALEPLON 91 64 38 340
CELEBREX 86 60 39 81
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 86 69 39 31
PRISTIQ ER 80 41 41 306
WARFARIN SODIUM 79 59 42 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 68 43 34
CYMBALTA 77 43 44 55
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 75 31 45 144
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 75 47 45 46
TIZANIDINE HCL 68 29 47 154
HYDROXYZINE HCL 67 36 R 48 183
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 51 48 35
OXYCONTIN 66 30 S2 50 173
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 38 50 27
TRAZODONE HCL 64 34 52 50
SERTRALINE HCL 64 51 52 26
CLOPIDOGREL 64 26 52 32
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 63 37 55 200
DIGOXIN 62 58 56 70
ALLOPURINOL 60 52 57 28
ACTOS 60 38 57 90
PLAVIX 60 22 57 45
PREDNISONE 59 35 60 36
FENTANYL 58 42 S2 61 104
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 11 S2 62 93
CRESTOR 55 51 63 22
PAROXETINE HCL 53 34 64 73
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 46 65 121
MIRTAZAPINE 50 49 65 53
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 March 1, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.