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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,367Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 134 out of 1454

$765K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 186 out of 1454

626 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
15% 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

4% of this provider’s 626 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 626 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 14,617 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 841 807 1 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 653 635 2 9
OMEPRAZOLE 559 533 3 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 520 510 4 21
LISINOPRIL 468 461 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 421 390 6 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 346 308 S3 7 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 328 328 8 13
METFORMIN HCL 327 304 9 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 297 289 10 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 271 271 11 19
ATENOLOL 269 269 12 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 255 242 13 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 232 209 14 14
CLOPIDOGREL 210 196 15 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 200 194 16 17
LOVASTATIN 199 169 17 39
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 196 189 18 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 195 182 19 11
GABAPENTIN 195 195 19 16
SYNTHROID 192 190 21 25
FUROSEMIDE 183 150 22 6
EVISTA 172 172 23 136
AZITHROMYCIN 168 156 24 42
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 167 165 25 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 154 154 26 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 143 129 27 34
CRESTOR 132 123 28 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 130 130 29 31
VYTORIN 129 129 30 170
RAMIPRIL 128 117 31 66
PLAVIX 126 122 32 45
NEXIUM 123 107 33 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 119 119 34 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 106 106 35 47
ALLOPURINOL 104 104 36 28
PAROXETINE HCL 101 91 37 73
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 101 101 37 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 98 98 39 35
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 97 88 40 44
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 94 41 38
CELEBREX 92 92 42 81
PREMARIN 92 92 R 42 131
SERTRALINE HCL 87 75 44 26
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 85 83 45 64
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 85 84 45 65
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 84 84 47 200
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 82 82 48 87
PREDNISONE 81 80 49 36
CARVEDILOL 81 80 49 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 79 73 51 12
TRAMADOL HCL 77 77 52 20
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 76 76 53 76
MIRTAZAPINE 74 73 54 53
LANTUS 74 63 54 51
TORSEMIDE 70 70 56 125
ZETIA 66 65 57 69
NAMENDA 64 64 58 48
GLIMEPIRIDE 64 64 58 33
DIOVAN HCT 61 61 60 75
KLOR-CON M20 58 54 61 54
SPIRIVA 57 57 62 52
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 56 R 62 59
NABUMETONE 56 56 64 204
DIOVAN 55 55 65 40
GLIPIZIDE 55 45 65 62
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 55 55 65 120
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 44 68 57
CLONIDINE HCL 51 42 69 49
GLIPIZIDE XL 51 50 69 85
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 28, 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.