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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,624Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 57 out of 1454

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 68 out of 1454

735 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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

5% of this provider’s 735 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 735 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 16,867 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 625 550 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 580 560 2 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 476 455 3 10
METFORMIN HCL 471 394 4 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 461 316 S3 5 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 454 401 6 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 420 352 7 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 420 407 7 5
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 408 380 9 31
FUROSEMIDE 394 315 10 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 394 336 10 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 386 314 12 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 315 275 13 19
LISINOPRIL 300 279 14 4
SYNTHROID 283 260 15 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 277 251 16 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 264 254 17 46
GABAPENTIN 246 198 18 16
CRESTOR 244 175 19 22
KLOR-CON M20 243 213 20 54
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 242 225 21 35
CLOPIDOGREL 214 206 22 32
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 213 181 R 23 59
WARFARIN SODIUM 212 186 24 17
ATENOLOL 208 176 25 18
LOVASTATIN 196 178 26 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 184 164 27 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 182 166 28 34
PREDNISONE 180 161 29 36
AZITHROMYCIN 176 146 30 42
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 131 31 38
RAMIPRIL 171 154 31 66
PLAVIX 159 154 33 45
SERTRALINE HCL 158 128 34 26
CELEBREX 158 131 34 81
TRAMADOL HCL 150 136 36 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 141 131 37 15
MELOXICAM 141 130 37 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 135 135 39 29
CARVEDILOL 133 116 40 24
NEXIUM 132 112 41 23
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 126 114 42 120
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 123 83 43 30
ALLOPURINOL 121 100 44 28
GLIMEPIRIDE 117 112 45 33
CLONIDINE HCL 113 98 46 49
BYSTOLIC 112 95 47 110
RANITIDINE HCL 111 84 48 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 110 89 49 47
GLIPIZIDE XL 110 108 49 85
CITALOPRAM HBR 107 95 51 21
MIRTAZAPINE 105 105 52 53
GLIPIZIDE ER 103 69 53 92
BENAZEPRIL HCL 100 71 54 57
LEVOFLOXACIN 97 87 55 95
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 97 89 55 64
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 89 57 167
SINGULAIR 92 77 58 83
DIGOXIN 91 90 59 70
DILTIAZEM ER 87 87 60 126
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 83 47 61 105
SPIRIVA 80 53 62 52
LANSOPRAZOLE 80 60 62 140
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 78 53 64 61
DIOVAN 78 78 64 40
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 78 51 S2 64 93
BUSPIRONE HCL 77 62 67 176
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 71 62 68 118
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 71 59 68 144
CYMBALTA 71 46 68 55
ACTOS 70 59 71 90
MICARDIS 70 70 71 233
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 68 63 R 73 71
SYMBICORT 68 67 73 143
JANUVIA 67 53 75 77
PREMARIN 67 58 R 75 131
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 54 77 27
LIPITOR 65 63 78 74
DETROL LA 64 54 79 225
LANTUS 62 54 80 51
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 60 56 81 121
DIOVAN HCT 60 60 81 75
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 58 46 83 166
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 49 83 72
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 55 83 87
INSULIN SYRINGE 55 49 86 97
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 34 86 44
BENICAR 55 55 86 189
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 37 89 96
MICARDIS HCT 53 53 89 289
COMBIVENT 52 45 91 115
PROAIR HFA 52 36 91 56
NAMENDA 52 52 91 48
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 51 45 94 58
TRICOR 50 50 95 134
ZETIA 50 50 95 69
TRAZODONE HCL 50 32 95 50
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 17, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.