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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,724Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 625

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 625

460 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

7% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,151 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

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 656 642 1 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 619 494 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 440 372 3 2
LISINOPRIL 436 316 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 435 396 S3 5 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 425 352 6 11
RANITIDINE HCL 417 366 7 25
NAMENDA 403 401 8 45
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 363 348 9 91
OMEPRAZOLE 352 324 10 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 351 341 11 33
FUROSEMIDE 271 237 12 7
CARVEDILOL 263 220 13 23
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 256 214 14 67
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 239 219 15 3
CYMBALTA 232 196 16 46
CEFUROXIME 219 210 17 161
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 208 198 18 82
CITALOPRAM HBR 196 173 19 24
LEVETIRACETAM 191 136 20 98
EXELON 191 191 20 129
SERTRALINE HCL 187 175 22 26
DIOVAN 181 155 23 28
ALLOPURINOL 178 139 24 29
LEVEMIR 168 127 25 181
SPIRIVA 167 151 26 70
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 159 137 27 9
GABAPENTIN 154 133 28 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 154 143 28 42
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 153 143 30 88
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 150 136 31 188
METFORMIN HCL 149 104 32 10
CLONIDINE HCL 148 105 33 50
SPIRONOLACTONE 148 118 33 64
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 134 96 35 8
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 133 125 36 106
NOVOLOG 132 100 37 112
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 129 126 38 18
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 121 121 39 164
RISPERIDONE 121 98 39 92
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 116 41 12
TRAMADOL HCL 116 101 42 16
CALCITRIOL 112 97 43 222
FAMOTIDINE 111 78 44 73
HYDRALAZINE HCL 109 82 45 80
CLOPIDOGREL 107 87 46 30
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 104 91 47 141
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 97 85 48 32
LANTUS 96 91 49 54
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 95 88 50 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 93 84 51 44
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 93 89 51 160
TRAVATAN Z 93 83 51 199
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 89 74 54 49
PREDNISONE 89 81 54 37
ADVAIR DISKUS 88 70 56 63
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 88 75 56 13
VALPROIC ACID 84 63 58 211
MIRTAZAPINE 84 84 58 69
LEXAPRO 83 77 60 196
LATANOPROST 83 82 60 204
BACLOFEN 75 50 62 138
OLANZAPINE 73 60 63 198
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 71 70 64 15
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 69 50 65 133
AVODART 69 69 65 245
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 20 67 27
LIPITOR 67 53 67 75
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 66 69 81
SEROQUEL 65 62 70 173
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 53 71 96
LYRICA 63 60 72 71
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 45 73 60
BYSTOLIC 62 56 73 97
NEXIUM 61 53 75 21
PLAVIX 61 50 75 43
PROMETHAZINE HCL 60 51 R 77 84
CRESTOR 60 32 77 17
RISPERDAL CONSTA 54 42 79 280
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 25 S2 80 95
SYNTHROID 53 42 80 39
TERAZOSIN HCL 52 52 82 149
RAMIPRIL 52 39 82 78
PROCRIT 52 24 82 280
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 52 41 82 122
AZITHROMYCIN 50 47 86 40
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 April 26, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.