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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,513Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 60 out of 1454

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 1454

582 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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
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this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 582 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 582 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 13,139 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

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 865 651 1 3
GABAPENTIN 562 339 2 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 554 370 S3 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 541 413 4 1
LISINOPRIL 526 357 5 4
METFORMIN HCL 501 322 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 488 396 7 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 452 311 8 15
FUROSEMIDE 386 294 9 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 337 238 10 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 284 219 11 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 265 168 12 5
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 242 182 13 87
GLIMEPIRIDE 224 168 14 33
ATENOLOL 221 186 15 18
NEXIUM 220 117 16 23
OXYCODONE HCL 211 81 S2 17 80
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 205 195 18 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 185 122 19 11
CARVEDILOL 178 125 20 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 175 85 21 30
SERTRALINE HCL 172 142 22 26
TRAZODONE HCL 171 122 23 50
CRESTOR 168 88 24 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 159 72 25 19
NAMENDA 158 155 26 48
PREDNISONE 154 116 27 36
HYDRALAZINE HCL 151 128 28 67
SPIRONOLACTONE 139 117 29 63
DIOVAN 129 107 30 40
INSULIN SYRINGE 127 93 31 97
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 126 61 S2 32 93
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 123 90 33 31
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 121 86 34 61
WARFARIN SODIUM 119 109 35 17
CLOPIDOGREL 118 78 36 32
CYMBALTA 117 69 37 55
COLCRYS 117 93 37 116
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 94 39 14
TORSEMIDE 111 82 40 125
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 110 107 41 130
CARISOPRODOL 109 21 R 42 123
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 80 42 27
DIGOXIN 108 98 44 70
BUSPIRONE HCL 105 78 45 176
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 82 46 38
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 101 64 47 138
SINGULAIR 100 77 48 83
PAROXETINE HCL 99 41 49 73
BACLOFEN 96 33 50 146
PROMETHAZINE HCL 94 26 R 51 82
TOPIRAMATE 93 34 52 192
PLAVIX 93 44 52 45
SPIRIVA 88 52 54 52
PREMARIN 87 54 R 55 131
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87 65 55 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 56 57 9
ALLOPURINOL 81 56 58 28
GEMFIBROZIL 81 46 58 128
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 79 60 46
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 80 61 60 91
AMITIZA 79 49 62 272
CITALOPRAM HBR 77 30 63 21
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 59 63 96
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 76 52 65 64
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 76 43 65 108
MIRTAZAPINE 75 64 67 53
NOVOLIN R 74 62 68 180
FENTANYL 74 50 S2 68 104
BENAZEPRIL HCL 74 61 68 57
ENDOCET 73 45 S2 71 137
BUPROPION HCL 72 24 72 352
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 72 13 S2 72 181
RISPERIDONE 71 61 74 86
PROAIR HFA 70 41 75 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 70 70 75 76
JANUVIA 70 47 75 77
LYRICA 68 35 78 103
FELODIPINE ER 68 68 78 159
DONEPEZIL HCL 67 67 80 29
NOVOLOG 64 43 81 99
AZITHROMYCIN 63 43 82 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 41 83 34
METHADONE HCL 62 22 S2 83 201
CELEBREX 61 32 85 81
LANTUS 61 44 85 51
LAMOTRIGINE 60 26 87 187
VOLTAREN 60 39 87 251
NIFEDIPINE ER 59 40 89 102
CLONIDINE HCL 58 48 90 49
TIZANIDINE HCL 58 16 90 154
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 56 19 R 92 59
ZETIA 56 22 92 69
SUCRALFATE 55 33 94 227
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 36 94 47
TRAMADOL HCL 54 45 96 20
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 54 20 96 121
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 53 32 98 169
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52 52 99 65
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 32 99 72
VYTORIN 52 43 99 170
LIPITOR 52 32 99 74
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 51 35 103 226
HYDROXYZINE HCL 50 0 R 104 183
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 50 27 104 142
LIDODERM 50 32 104 158
KLOR-CON M10 50 42 104 145
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 18 R 104 71
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 Sept. 13, 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.