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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,442Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 1454

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 89 out of 1454

716 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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

2% of this provider’s 716 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 716 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 21,252 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% 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

33 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,209 1,102 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,032 977 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 870 806 3 1
LISINOPRIL 742 685 4 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 627 584 5 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 604 578 6 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 582 569 7 14
FUROSEMIDE 571 536 8 6
ATENOLOL 548 526 9 18
LOVASTATIN 503 465 10 39
METFORMIN HCL 401 383 11 8
GABAPENTIN 397 380 12 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 395 348 S3 13 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 393 356 14 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 366 340 15 33
TRAMADOL HCL 348 301 16 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 326 325 17 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 316 293 18 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 288 288 19 29
FINASTERIDE 269 269 20 94
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 260 221 21 30
SPIRONOLACTONE 256 224 22 63
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 247 230 23 11
ALLOPURINOL 246 206 24 28
METFORMIN HCL ER 241 222 25 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 240 223 26 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 231 218 27 15
CRESTOR 228 180 28 22
RANITIDINE HCL 224 201 29 43
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 203 184 30 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 197 181 31 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 193 183 32 21
PREDNISONE 190 188 33 36
TORSEMIDE 173 158 34 125
HYDRALAZINE HCL 168 137 35 67
CYMBALTA 164 146 36 55
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 154 142 37 165
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 150 143 38 13
SPIRIVA 143 122 39 52
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 137 134 40 61
CLONIDINE HCL 127 108 41 49
MELOXICAM 125 113 42 37
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 124 124 43 87
FENOFIBRATE 123 97 44 68
BENAZEPRIL HCL 122 98 45 57
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 120 102 46 44
NAMENDA 118 118 47 48
PROAIR HFA 114 88 48 56
DIOVAN 112 111 49 40
TRAZODONE HCL 111 71 50 50
VERAPAMIL ER 109 109 51 89
CLOPIDOGREL 104 97 52 32
SERTRALINE HCL 104 89 52 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 100 99 54 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 100 100 54 46
NEXIUM 97 70 56 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 97 85 56 31
CARVEDILOL 96 92 58 24
AZITHROMYCIN 95 84 59 42
ADVAIR DISKUS 94 71 60 47
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 89 60 9
WELCHOL 91 86 62 236
FLUOXETINE HCL 90 72 63 72
PEN NEEDLE 89 76 64 113
DILTIAZEM ER 89 89 64 126
KLOR-CON 10 88 79 66 141
PLAVIX 84 77 67 45
CELEBREX 79 51 68 81
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 78 72 69 226
PAROXETINE HCL 77 75 70 73
RISPERIDONE 77 76 70 86
SYNTHROID 75 58 72 25
ROPINIROLE HCL 73 64 73 96
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 65 74 64
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 71 60 R 74 71
TIZANIDINE HCL 69 52 76 154
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 69 69 76 130
TOPIRAMATE 69 45 76 192
LIPITOR 69 69 76 74
MECLIZINE HCL 68 64 80 132
ACARBOSE 66 57 81 347
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 55 81 79
MIRTAZAPINE 64 64 83 53
ZETIA 64 64 83 69
VENTOLIN HFA 63 42 85 112
JANUMET 63 54 85 238
CHLORTHALIDONE 61 52 87 109
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 60 56 88 144
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 60 53 88 58
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 57 90 65
NIASPAN 57 38 91 117
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 54 46 92 200
ONGLYZA 52 46 93 197
LYRICA 52 24 93 103
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 34 R 95 59
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 24, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.