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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,279Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 195 out of 1454

$807K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 171 out of 1454

537 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
43%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

40% of this provider’s 537 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 537 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 6,232 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% 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

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
FUROSEMIDE 464 265 1 6
OMEPRAZOLE 326 154 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 311 153 3 1
METFORMIN HCL 303 112 4 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 298 169 5 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 282 166 6 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 268 106 S3 7 7
ENDOCET 252 66 S2 8 137
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 246 79 9 19
LISINOPRIL 209 127 10 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 209 104 10 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 196 61 12 5
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 193 70 S2 13 60
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 166 108 14 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 153 80 15 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 150 74 16 33
CLONIDINE HCL 149 73 17 49
CLOPIDOGREL 142 92 18 32
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 141 27 R 19 59
MELOXICAM 138 79 20 37
GABAPENTIN 134 62 21 16
CARVEDILOL 130 75 22 24
TRAMADOL HCL 130 77 22 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 129 62 24 12
RISPERIDONE 124 33 25 86
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 124 92 25 11
PROMETHAZINE HCL 123 49 R 27 82
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 118 32 S2 28 93
CARISOPRODOL 116 14 R 29 123
NEXIUM 115 54 30 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 115 35 30 17
ATENOLOL 105 63 32 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 102 79 33 29
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 97 48 34 121
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95 31 35 31
TRAZODONE HCL 93 20 36 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 93 25 36 72
PLAVIX 90 51 38 45
AZITHROMYCIN 90 41 38 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 45 40 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 43 41 30
OXYCODONE HCL 85 27 S2 42 80
ADVAIR DISKUS 84 40 43 47
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 81 22 R 44 174
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 33 45 64
SERTRALINE HCL 75 48 46 26
CRESTOR 74 55 47 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 74 45 47 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 71 43 49 34
RANITIDINE HCL 70 23 50 43
RAMIPRIL 69 35 51 66
JANUVIA 68 45 52 77
NAPROXEN 68 37 52 122
SINGULAIR 68 38 52 83
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 37 55 46
LANTUS 67 20 55 51
ACTOS 65 39 57 90
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 62 24 58 14
DIGOXIN 61 50 59 70
VENTOLIN HFA 60 27 60 112
CLARITHROMYCIN 59 22 61 397
LIPITOR 58 34 62 74
IBUPROFEN 57 11 63 107
OLANZAPINE 56 28 64 163
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 55 16 65 91
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 55 24 65 156
KLOR-CON M20 55 29 65 54
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 53 32 68 65
LACTULOSE 52 33 69 152
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 51 21 70 157
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. 3, 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.