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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,793Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 67 out of 1454

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 49 out of 1454

588 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

12% of this provider’s 588 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 588 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 12,954 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 548 394 1 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 543 406 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 543 400 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 536 377 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 486 289 S3 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 421 310 6 5
LISINOPRIL 411 296 7 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 393 356 8 12
FUROSEMIDE 341 265 9 6
TRAMADOL HCL 336 210 10 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 324 209 11 19
GABAPENTIN 293 204 12 16
METFORMIN HCL 290 198 13 8
CARVEDILOL 282 239 14 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 259 192 15 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 251 213 16 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 231 156 17 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 213 169 18 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194 180 19 9
OXYCODONE HCL 191 59 S2 20 80
PROMETHAZINE HCL 189 83 R 21 82
NEXIUM 182 126 22 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 166 138 23 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 151 132 24 13
MIRTAZAPINE 150 120 25 53
CYMBALTA 141 91 26 55
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 137 98 27 110
AZITHROMYCIN 137 79 27 42
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 123 102 29 10
LYRICA 122 35 30 103
SYNTHROID 120 97 31 25
NAMENDA 119 116 32 48
PROAIR HFA 117 78 33 56
KLOR-CON 10 112 88 34 141
LIPITOR 112 96 34 74
CLONIDINE HCL 112 76 34 49
ALLOPURINOL 111 85 37 28
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 111 93 37 64
CLOPIDOGREL 108 76 39 32
CARISOPRODOL 107 54 R 40 123
TRAZODONE HCL 107 46 40 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 102 87 42 33
PREDNISONE 99 66 43 36
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 81 44 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95 80 45 34
CEFUROXIME 94 73 46 150
FLUCONAZOLE 94 52 46 160
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 71 48 38
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 91 37 S2 49 181
TIZANIDINE HCL 91 37 49 154
PREMARIN 86 63 R 51 131
CELEBREX 83 55 52 81
ROPINIROLE HCL 82 35 53 96
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 81 55 R 54 59
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 78 37 55 105
COLCRYS 77 53 56 116
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 77 72 56 65
CEFDINIR 75 47 58 182
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74 36 59 14
PLAVIX 74 54 59 45
ESTRADIOL 73 31 R 61 164
MUPIROCIN 72 39 62 215
BACLOFEN 70 20 63 146
LEVOFLOXACIN 67 43 64 95
CRESTOR 66 61 65 22
RANITIDINE HCL 66 45 65 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 66 52 65 61
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65 45 68 79
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 28 R 69 71
DIOVAN HCT 63 60 70 75
SINGULAIR 63 39 70 83
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 43 70 91
METFORMIN HCL ER 63 58 70 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE ER 61 25 74 300
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 54 75 46
PEN NEEDLE 59 43 76 113
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 44 77 63
FENTANYL 58 33 S2 77 104
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 32 79 35
ZETIA 56 40 80 69
VERAPAMIL ER 56 53 80 89
MECLIZINE HCL 55 46 82 132
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 55 42 82 283
METRONIDAZOLE 55 40 82 356
MELOXICAM 54 40 85 37
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 54 51 85 87
NATEGLINIDE 54 47 85 322
SERTRALINE HCL 54 35 85 26
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 38 89 140
GLIPIZIDE 53 42 89 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 22 91 47
LANTUS 52 33 91 51
LEVETIRACETAM 52 31 91 114
RISPERIDONE 52 28 91 86
BENAZEPRIL HCL 51 51 95 57
VENTOLIN HFA 50 13 96 112
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 Jan. 25, 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.