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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,241Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 99 out of 1454

$908K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 120 out of 1454

784 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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

8% of this provider’s 784 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 784 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 14,706 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
SIMVASTATIN 768 694 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 585 496 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 570 463 3 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 554 478 4 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 508 485 5 5
LISINOPRIL 477 408 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 408 374 7 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 392 336 8 2
METFORMIN HCL 310 259 9 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 301 275 10 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 286 214 S3 11 7
SERTRALINE HCL 276 263 12 26
GABAPENTIN 273 204 13 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 251 238 14 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 250 229 15 17
CRESTOR 226 192 16 22
PREDNISONE 226 165 16 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 221 208 18 9
NEXIUM 216 161 19 23
SYNTHROID 201 174 20 25
ATENOLOL 194 186 21 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 186 167 22 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 168 163 23 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 163 161 24 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 160 136 25 11
LANSOPRAZOLE 158 113 26 140
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 158 141 R 26 71
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 153 145 28 27
GLIPIZIDE XL 152 146 29 85
CLOPIDOGREL 149 126 30 32
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 106 31 38
TRAMADOL HCL 123 105 31 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 120 97 33 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 118 107 34 21
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 112 93 35 46
AZITHROMYCIN 109 84 36 42
SPIRONOLACTONE 106 84 37 63
ALLOPURINOL 101 90 38 28
AMOXICILLIN 96 80 39 133
FINASTERIDE 93 93 40 94
SINGULAIR 85 60 41 83
TRAZODONE HCL 82 61 42 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 81 43 29
PLAVIX 80 67 44 45
GEMFIBROZIL 80 79 44 128
LANTUS 80 58 44 51
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 78 78 47 76
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78 78 47 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 64 47 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75 72 50 31
MELOXICAM 75 73 50 37
GLIPIZIDE 73 58 52 62
NIFEDIPINE ER 73 73 52 102
HYDRALAZINE HCL 73 49 52 67
DIGOXIN 73 69 52 70
RANITIDINE HCL 70 65 56 43
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 70 35 S2 56 60
LOVASTATIN 70 51 56 39
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 66 59 165
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 67 53 60 108
DIOVAN HCT 67 65 60 75
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 66 46 62 65
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 61 62 64
BENAZEPRIL HCL 65 59 64 57
CEFUROXIME 65 63 64 150
GLIPIZIDE ER 64 64 66 92
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 54 66 44
CARVEDILOL 64 61 66 24
PROMETHAZINE HCL 62 45 R 69 82
LEVOXYL 61 61 70 84
SPIRIVA 60 55 71 52
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 47 72 58
RAMIPRIL 58 49 72 66
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 58 45 72 78
TRILIPIX 57 46 75 196
DIOVAN 57 53 75 40
PROAIR HFA 55 44 77 56
ZETIA 54 45 78 69
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 54 37 S3 78 179
NAMENDA 53 53 80 48
TRICOR 52 40 81 134
NIASPAN 52 41 81 117
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 42 83 96
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 51 39 83 110
PAROXETINE HCL 50 50 85 73
COLCRYS 50 42 85 116
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50 35 85 144
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 June 29, 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.