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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,113Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 625

$747K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 73 out of 625

485 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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 South Carolina
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 485 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,063 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 South Carolina
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,003 442 S3 1 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 643 442 2 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 590 428 3 1
LISINOPRIL 457 285 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 414 268 5 3
MELOXICAM 402 220 6 31
FUROSEMIDE 389 221 7 7
OMEPRAZOLE 380 258 8 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 360 195 9 13
RANITIDINE HCL 339 174 10 25
TRAMADOL HCL 334 157 11 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 262 205 12 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 229 126 13 12
GABAPENTIN 223 141 14 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 218 104 15 9
CLONIDINE HCL 217 103 16 50
ATENOLOL 214 154 17 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 211 149 18 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 189 143 19 36
METFORMIN HCL ER 188 83 20 41
SIMVASTATIN 187 162 21 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 180 103 22 18
DEXAMETHASONE 179 96 23 239
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 97 24 27
AZITHROMYCIN 156 84 25 40
GLIMEPIRIDE 155 97 26 42
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 155 97 26 19
TIZANIDINE HCL 146 74 28 115
CITALOPRAM HBR 143 93 29 24
ROPINIROLE HCL 141 90 30 96
TRAZODONE HCL 140 94 31 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 137 72 32 32
HYDROXYZINE HCL 134 39 R 33 176
METFORMIN HCL 133 66 34 10
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 130 36 R 35 65
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 116 82 36 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 114 77 37 44
CRESTOR 112 34 38 17
CARVEDILOL 106 62 39 23
LEVOFLOXACIN 103 46 40 90
NAMENDA 100 100 41 45
FENOFIBRATE 98 40 42 59
WARFARIN SODIUM 97 60 43 20
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 56 44 60
ALLOPURINOL 92 54 44 29
PROAIR HFA 91 62 46 57
KLOR-CON M10 90 57 47 137
SERTRALINE HCL 88 54 48 26
BYSTOLIC 87 50 49 97
NEXIUM 86 55 50 21
JANUVIA 85 38 51 74
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 84 39 52 53
CLOPIDOGREL 83 49 53 30
COLCRYS 82 37 54 117
CYMBALTA 82 47 54 46
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 82 58 54 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 82 71 54 48
PLAVIX 80 60 58 43
INSULIN SYRINGE 80 46 58 77
GLIPIZIDE 79 72 60 56
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 78 41 R 61 125
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 76 60 62 187
PROMETHAZINE HCL 75 23 R 63 84
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 74 30 64 168
AMOXICILLIN 73 30 65 132
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 59 65 38
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 27 67 64
LEVOXYL 70 56 68 190
DONEPEZIL HCL 69 68 69 33
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 69 51 69 88
LIPITOR 66 48 71 75
LANTUS 66 20 71 54
COMBIVENT 65 30 73 126
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 65 38 73 82
CELEBREX 63 30 75 72
MECLIZINE HCL 61 49 76 113
VERAPAMIL ER 59 16 77 103
DIGOXIN 58 35 78 55
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 45 78 80
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 20 R 80 61
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 56 25 81 194
PREDNISONE 55 42 82 37
CEPHALEXIN 55 26 82 150
DIOVAN 53 53 84 28
DOXEPIN HCL 53 26 84 201
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 52 32 86 122
TRICOR 52 36 86 118
SINGULAIR 52 38 86 94
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 51 44 89 157
DIOVAN HCT 51 39 89 52
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 38 91 63
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 22, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.