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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,585Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 1454

$1.71M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 1454

1,063 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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 1,063 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 1,063 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 32,573 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

$50 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,154 1,102 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 1,129 1,045 2 1
JANTOVEN 1,109 1,109 3 100
SERTRALINE HCL 1,082 1,050 4 26
LISINOPRIL 1,073 1,014 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 968 930 6 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 932 932 7 17
FUROSEMIDE 874 797 8 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 855 811 9 10
OMEPRAZOLE 838 794 10 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 797 797 11 29
NAMENDA 639 639 12 48
METFORMIN HCL 493 452 13 8
GABAPENTIN 492 462 14 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 424 408 15 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 423 393 16 13
TRAMADOL HCL 417 392 17 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 412 380 18 15
ATENOLOL 412 399 18 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 371 334 20 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 362 350 21 21
CLOPIDOGREL 352 328 22 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 349 345 23 35
MIRTAZAPINE 349 349 23 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 309 295 25 14
CARVEDILOL 307 293 26 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 289 266 27 34
LOVASTATIN 273 229 28 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 267 246 29 9
DIGOXIN 264 264 30 70
PLAVIX 261 252 31 45
KLOR-CON M20 249 238 32 54
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 235 202 33 78
TRAZODONE HCL 233 213 34 50
DIOVAN 231 224 35 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 221 185 36 106
FAMOTIDINE 218 213 37 88
CYMBALTA 210 206 38 55
BENAZEPRIL HCL 192 173 39 57
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 191 191 40 91
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 190 180 41 30
LANTUS 183 153 42 51
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 182 160 43 12
RAMIPRIL 174 149 44 66
PROMETHAZINE HCL 172 171 R 45 82
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 163 148 46 27
GEMFIBROZIL 163 161 46 128
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 156 133 S3 48 7
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 149 135 49 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 147 130 50 47
PREDNISONE 146 143 51 36
NEXIUM 143 119 52 23
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 138 138 53 156
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 136 132 54 76
JANUVIA 130 117 55 77
RISPERIDONE 129 129 56 86
FINASTERIDE 129 129 56 94
RANITIDINE HCL 128 104 58 43
ROPINIROLE HCL 127 126 59 96
ALLOPURINOL 124 112 60 28
LEVETIRACETAM 123 123 61 114
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 123 61 38
MEGESTROL ACETATE 120 120 R 63 219
GLIMEPIRIDE 119 90 64 33
GLIPIZIDE ER 116 110 65 92
PAROXETINE HCL 116 116 65 73
LEVOFLOXACIN 114 109 67 95
MELOXICAM 111 111 68 37
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 111 92 68 169
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 110 98 70 44
KLOR-CON M10 107 103 71 145
SPIRIVA 107 93 71 52
METFORMIN HCL ER 106 85 73 41
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 105 105 74 130
EXELON 104 104 75 135
NOVOLOG 101 101 76 99
LIPITOR 101 81 76 74
DILTIAZEM ER 98 96 78 126
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 98 78 78 61
SYNTHROID 96 96 80 25
CRESTOR 96 95 80 22
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 96 95 80 108
GLIPIZIDE 94 91 83 62
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 94 94 83 151
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 93 85 85 19
GLIPIZIDE XL 90 78 86 85
CLONIDINE HCL 89 78 87 49
CHLORTHALIDONE 87 83 88 109
AZITHROMYCIN 86 81 89 42
LATANOPROST 86 86 89 209
SPIRONOLACTONE 83 83 91 63
DILTIAZEM HCL 82 72 92 255
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 80 71 93 110
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 80 77 93 65
LABETALOL HCL 78 68 95 147
MECLIZINE HCL 78 78 95 132
SINGULAIR 78 78 95 83
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 77 63 98 186
BACLOFEN 76 52 99 146
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 72 100 64
OLANZAPINE 73 50 101 163
PROAIR HFA 72 64 102 56
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 70 69 103 142
NOVOLIN N 70 69 103 261
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 70 70 103 58
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 70 56 103 79
LEXAPRO 70 62 103 205
SEROQUEL 69 69 108 177
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 68 66 109 217
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 67 67 110 87
FLUCONAZOLE 67 64 110 160
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 65 52 112 222
AMOXICILLIN 65 65 112 133
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65 63 R 112 71
CEFTRIAXONE 63 63 115 213
FENOFIBRATE 63 62 115 68
GALANTAMINE HBR 62 62 117 284
COMBIVENT 61 56 118 115
AZASITE 61 61 118 441
ESTRADIOL 61 61 R 118 164
AGGRENOX 60 60 121 161
ACTOS 60 54 121 90
CELEBREX 59 55 123 81
METHOCARBAMOL 59 54 R 123 210
CEPHALEXIN 59 56 123 127
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 58 126 167
BUSPIRONE HCL 58 43 126 176
CARBAMAZEPINE 57 57 128 230
AMIODARONE HCL 56 56 129 223
HYDROXYZINE HCL 56 51 R 129 183
NYSTATIN 56 54 129 184
TRAVATAN Z 55 54 132 218
INDAPAMIDE 54 54 133 184
HYDRALAZINE HCL 53 53 134 67
LIDODERM 53 53 134 158
LEVOXYL 52 52 136 84
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 35 136 138
LEVEMIR 52 48 136 202
DIOVAN HCT 52 51 136 75
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 52 136 121
METHOTREXATE 51 51 141 191
VESICARE 50 50 142 199
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 50 50 142 254
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 7, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.