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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,961Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 1454

$1.59M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 1454

574 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

7% of this provider’s 574 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 574 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 19,736 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 781 689 1 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 688 630 2 15
FUROSEMIDE 686 628 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 671 525 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 623 555 5 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 601 482 6 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 574 542 7 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 455 445 8 29
LISINOPRIL 452 395 9 4
NAMENDA 430 428 10 48
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 415 388 11 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 363 319 12 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 340 321 13 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 285 257 14 31
MIRTAZAPINE 280 273 15 53
LANTUS 276 224 16 51
METFORMIN HCL 264 194 17 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 238 205 18 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 234 202 19 47
TRAMADOL HCL 228 196 20 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 219 194 21 34
ATENOLOL 216 191 22 18
GABAPENTIN 208 186 23 16
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 204 195 24 78
CARVEDILOL 202 187 25 24
CYMBALTA 191 152 26 55
HUMALOG 190 161 27 153
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 189 170 28 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 187 153 29 21
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 183 160 30 151
SERTRALINE HCL 181 156 31 26
EXELON 175 175 32 135
SPIRIVA 165 156 33 52
CLOPIDOGREL 159 148 34 32
LIDODERM 152 132 35 158
TRAZODONE HCL 151 126 36 50
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 150 115 S3 37 7
NIASPAN 147 114 38 117
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 143 114 39 19
HYDRALAZINE HCL 143 135 39 67
SINGULAIR 141 114 41 83
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 140 114 42 30
DIOVAN 139 101 43 40
PLAVIX 136 131 44 45
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 125 120 45 14
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 124 87 46 91
PREDNISONE 123 108 47 36
FENOFIBRATE 122 95 48 68
SPIRONOLACTONE 115 73 49 63
DIGOXIN 115 107 49 70
TORSEMIDE 115 103 49 125
LOVASTATIN 113 112 52 39
GLIPIZIDE 112 106 53 62
BACLOFEN 111 68 54 146
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 110 110 55 76
LYRICA 109 76 56 103
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 108 96 57 35
LIPITOR 106 75 58 74
AGGRENOX 105 104 59 161
AZITHROMYCIN 103 99 60 42
HYDROXYZINE HCL 100 66 R 61 183
DILANTIN 99 70 62 244
LACTULOSE 99 59 62 152
FINASTERIDE 97 97 64 94
RISPERIDONE 93 72 65 86
FLUOXETINE HCL 93 59 65 72
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 92 90 67 12
ALLOPURINOL 91 82 68 28
LEXAPRO 88 84 69 205
KLOR-CON M20 87 82 70 54
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 87 75 70 58
NATEGLINIDE 83 81 72 322
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 82 62 73 156
CLONIDINE HCL 79 62 74 49
ABILIFY 77 60 75 175
SYNTHROID 76 76 76 25
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 76 50 76 138
LEVETIRACETAM 76 59 76 114
SEROQUEL 75 59 79 177
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 73 65 80 144
BUSPIRONE HCL 71 48 81 176
MUPIROCIN 71 66 81 215
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 70 62 83 61
PREVACID 66 40 84 387
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 59 85 105
FELODIPINE ER 60 57 86 159
NEXIUM 59 39 87 23
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 59 87 96
NOVOLOG 58 58 89 99
CARISOPRODOL 57 0 R 90 123
TERAZOSIN HCL 57 43 90 155
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 57 27 90 222
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 56 41 93 87
COMBIVENT 56 54 93 115
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 35 93 33
METFORMIN HCL ER 56 53 93 41
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 28 R 97 71
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 54 53 98 178
LATANOPROST 54 54 98 209
VESICARE 53 44 100 199
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 46 101 108
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 27 101 44
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 51 26 101 302
LIDOCAINE HCL 51 49 101 281
CEPHALEXIN 51 45 101 127
VERAPAMIL ER 50 50 106 89
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 April 23, 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.