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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,531Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 59 out of 1454

$1.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 1454

887 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 887 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 887 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 16,963 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 698 647 1 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 594 543 2 17
OMEPRAZOLE 550 483 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 521 441 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 462 407 5 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 442 368 6 5
TRAMADOL HCL 409 364 7 20
LISINOPRIL 398 342 8 4
NAMENDA 389 389 9 48
MIRTAZAPINE 370 347 10 53
DONEPEZIL HCL 331 331 11 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 328 278 12 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 314 287 13 13
RISPERIDONE 256 255 14 86
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 221 207 15 78
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 215 204 16 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 207 182 17 12
ATENOLOL 206 172 18 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 198 195 19 34
GABAPENTIN 197 163 20 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 193 135 S3 21 7
PREDNISONE 190 182 22 36
CITALOPRAM HBR 181 175 23 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 178 153 24 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 162 25 9
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 172 164 26 76
SERTRALINE HCL 170 162 27 26
METFORMIN HCL 170 133 27 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 162 135 29 14
CRESTOR 159 145 30 22
CLOPIDOGREL 158 141 31 32
EXELON 153 153 32 135
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 151 124 S2 33 60
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 150 148 34 19
CYMBALTA 145 99 35 55
COUMADIN 144 115 36 119
KLOR-CON M20 142 135 37 54
PLAVIX 140 129 38 45
DIOVAN 135 111 39 40
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 131 122 40 91
CARVEDILOL 122 119 41 24
RANITIDINE HCL 118 114 42 43
LEXAPRO 114 111 43 205
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 108 106 44 61
NEXIUM 108 95 44 23
BYSTOLIC 107 85 46 110
RAMIPRIL 105 93 47 66
FAMOTIDINE 104 94 48 88
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 101 87 49 30
LOVASTATIN 98 79 50 39
SPIRIVA 97 96 51 52
LANTUS 96 72 52 51
KLOR-CON M10 95 80 53 145
AZITHROMYCIN 94 82 54 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 91 71 55 33
PROMETHAZINE HCL 90 53 R 56 82
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 89 79 57 64
SPIRONOLACTONE 87 58 58 63
LEVOFLOXACIN 87 73 58 95
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 85 76 60 31
LIDODERM 84 72 61 158
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 82 69 62 44
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 79 79 63 46
LYRICA 74 64 64 103
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 70 66 65 65
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 70 70 65 130
CLONIDINE HCL 69 69 67 49
HYDRALAZINE HCL 67 62 68 67
NYSTATIN 66 49 69 184
PAROXETINE HCL 65 55 70 73
MELOXICAM 65 54 70 37
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 65 49 70 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 37 73 47
SOTALOL 62 61 73 253
PROPRANOLOL HCL 62 62 73 129
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 41 76 102
LEVETIRACETAM 61 47 76 114
PROAIR HFA 60 26 78 56
OXYCONTIN 59 30 S2 79 173
DILTIAZEM ER 58 58 80 126
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 56 48 81 87
SEROQUEL 56 51 81 177
NOVOLOG 56 44 81 99
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 56 50 81 142
IBUPROFEN 55 27 85 107
VYTORIN 54 52 86 170
VENLAFAXINE HCL 53 49 87 229
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 53 51 87 178
FLUCONAZOLE 51 41 89 160
FINASTERIDE 50 38 90 94
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 Feb. 19, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.