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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,420Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 61 out of 1454

$942K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 111 out of 1454

580 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

8% of this provider’s 580 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 580 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 14,169 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,031 641 S3 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 731 624 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 673 468 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 620 419 4 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 513 427 5 17
METFORMIN HCL 493 371 6 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 414 326 7 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 383 299 8 5
LISINOPRIL 364 270 9 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 354 203 10 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 341 226 11 2
GABAPENTIN 336 221 12 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 323 244 13 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 309 244 14 15
AZITHROMYCIN 305 232 15 42
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 234 184 16 58
CARVEDILOL 233 167 17 24
GLIMEPIRIDE 225 179 18 33
ATENOLOL 219 180 19 18
ALLOPURINOL 218 168 20 28
NEXIUM 214 156 21 23
TRAMADOL HCL 199 158 22 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 198 190 23 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 190 128 24 31
CLOPIDOGREL 179 142 25 32
DIGOXIN 166 146 26 70
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 157 140 27 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 154 99 28 11
MELOXICAM 153 114 29 37
PLAVIX 142 113 30 45
CRESTOR 133 95 31 22
NIFEDIPINE ER 132 118 32 102
DONEPEZIL HCL 127 120 33 29
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 106 34 38
GLIPIZIDE 120 88 35 62
BENAZEPRIL HCL 120 92 35 57
CLONIDINE HCL 116 91 37 49
SYNTHROID 111 111 38 25
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 109 80 R 39 59
CITALOPRAM HBR 108 69 40 21
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 107 92 41 64
RANITIDINE HCL 105 76 42 43
SERTRALINE HCL 101 67 43 26
CEPHALEXIN 100 73 44 127
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 68 45 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 84 45 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 97 91 47 46
FLUOXETINE HCL 95 37 48 72
TRAZODONE HCL 89 56 49 50
MECLIZINE HCL 85 76 50 132
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 85 69 50 269
DILTIAZEM HCL 83 70 52 255
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 45 53 27
PROMETHAZINE HCL 79 38 R 54 82
METHADONE HCL 77 28 S2 55 201
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 75 71 R 56 71
COMBIVENT 74 59 57 115
PAROXETINE HCL 74 53 57 73
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 63 59 61
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 72 60 59 108
PREDNISONE 70 64 61 36
DIOVAN HCT 69 43 62 75
TRICOR 67 33 63 134
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 66 59 64 76
RISPERIDONE 66 46 64 86
PROAIR HFA 64 46 66 56
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 64 44 66 65
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 46 S2 68 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 46 69 47
KLOR-CON M20 59 38 70 54
VENTOLIN HFA 59 46 70 112
DILTIAZEM ER 58 58 72 126
ACTOS 56 25 73 90
TORSEMIDE 55 43 74 125
ESTRADIOL 55 21 R 74 164
CARISOPRODOL 54 13 R 76 123
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 41 77 87
LOVASTATIN 53 32 77 39
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 29 79 44
GLYBURIDE 52 50 R 79 98
NAPROXEN 51 26 81 122
FAMOTIDINE 51 28 81 88
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 39 81 63
AMOXICILLIN 50 29 84 133
FENTANYL 50 26 S2 84 104
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.