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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,497Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 187 out of 1454

$883K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 137 out of 1454

512 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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

2% of this provider’s 512 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 512 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 12,818 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

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 495 486 1 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 462 444 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 432 413 3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 395 376 4 11
SIMVASTATIN 341 336 5 1
CRESTOR 277 260 6 22
BENAZEPRIL HCL 263 256 7 57
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 258 233 8 19
DIOVAN 254 250 9 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 250 240 10 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 247 243 11 14
METFORMIN HCL 236 223 12 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 235 226 13 15
SYNTHROID 222 219 14 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 220 208 15 12
TORSEMIDE 193 188 16 125
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 188 181 17 30
OMEPRAZOLE 184 171 18 3
NEXIUM 171 156 19 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 163 163 20 34
TRAZODONE HCL 163 159 20 50
FUROSEMIDE 158 155 22 6
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 130 23 38
ALLOPURINOL 144 139 24 28
FINASTERIDE 143 143 25 94
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 143 134 S3 25 179
WARFARIN SODIUM 142 135 27 17
ATENOLOL 139 126 28 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 136 120 29 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 128 128 30 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 127 123 31 31
GABAPENTIN 127 120 31 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 122 122 33 35
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 118 107 R 34 71
DIOVAN HCT 117 115 35 75
CITALOPRAM HBR 112 107 36 21
CLONIDINE HCL 106 103 37 49
ZETIA 105 90 38 69
MINOXIDIL 103 100 39 333
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 102 94 40 78
LIPITOR 96 84 41 74
TRAMADOL HCL 95 86 42 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 94 92 43 47
AZITHROMYCIN 94 84 43 42
CYMBALTA 88 84 45 55
EVISTA 87 87 46 136
ESTRADIOL 83 73 R 47 164
CARVEDILOL 83 83 47 24
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 81 81 49 58
BENICAR 78 64 50 189
SPIRIVA 74 74 51 52
METFORMIN HCL ER 69 54 52 41
DIGOXIN 69 67 52 70
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 68 68 54 249
ONGLYZA 68 68 54 197
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 68 68 54 188
JANUVIA 65 65 57 77
SPIRONOLACTONE 64 64 58 63
FENOFIBRATE 63 63 59 68
SERTRALINE HCL 55 55 60 26
AMOXICILLIN 54 54 61 133
PREDNISONE 53 52 62 36
MELOXICAM 52 52 63 37
RAMIPRIL 51 47 64 66
AVODART 51 50 64 243
CLOPIDOGREL 51 51 64 32
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 28, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.