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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,978Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 175 out of 1454

$922K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 117 out of 1454

691 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
16% 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

3% of this provider’s 691 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 691 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 12,999 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 596 572 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 440 394 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 355 353 3 2
SYNTHROID 354 354 4 25
FUROSEMIDE 309 274 5 6
METFORMIN HCL 275 268 6 8
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 268 268 7 44
BYSTOLIC 264 248 8 110
NAMENDA 262 262 9 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 251 236 10 19
OMEPRAZOLE 250 242 11 3
LISINOPRIL 249 228 12 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 244 231 13 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 227 198 14 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 210 189 15 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 209 202 16 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 192 164 S3 17 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 186 186 18 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 182 168 19 15
MELOXICAM 175 171 20 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 174 157 21 21
CRESTOR 172 172 22 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 158 155 23 10
GABAPENTIN 155 112 24 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 155 146 24 17
LANTUS 152 122 26 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 149 145 27 78
TRAMADOL HCL 148 128 28 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 145 143 29 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 143 143 30 29
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 141 129 31 79
NEXIUM 134 123 32 23
SERTRALINE HCL 134 116 32 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 134 132 32 33
DIOVAN 133 122 35 40
ATENOLOL 131 131 36 18
EVISTA 128 128 37 136
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 121 38 38
CELEBREX 111 111 39 81
HUMALOG 107 91 40 153
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 107 40 9
CYMBALTA 105 102 42 55
PEN NEEDLE 102 89 43 113
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 101 96 44 30
KLOR-CON M20 99 83 45 54
BENAZEPRIL HCL 94 94 46 57
CEFDINIR 93 83 47 182
CLOPIDOGREL 90 83 48 32
PREDNISONE 88 85 49 36
GLIPIZIDE ER 88 88 49 92
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 85 85 R 51 139
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 70 52 35
INSULIN SYRINGE 83 72 52 97
MIRTAZAPINE 77 77 54 53
CARVEDILOL 73 62 55 24
RAMIPRIL 70 70 56 66
SPIRIVA 70 60 56 52
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 67 66 58 61
PAROXETINE HCL 66 66 59 73
DIOVAN HCT 65 65 60 75
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 62 60 64
BENICAR 64 64 62 189
LEXAPRO 64 64 62 205
RANITIDINE HCL 63 63 64 43
ALLOPURINOL 59 59 65 28
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 59 59 65 87
PREMARIN 58 58 R 67 131
NOVOLOG 55 50 68 99
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 41 69 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53 53 70 34
METHOCARBAMOL 52 38 R 71 210
PLAVIX 52 50 71 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 52 71 72
AZITHROMYCIN 51 48 74 42
TRAZODONE HCL 50 46 75 50
LIPITOR 50 40 75 74
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.