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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,763Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 60 out of 625

$845K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 625

511 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 511 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 511 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 11,662 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 441 387 1 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 416 297 S3 2 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 373 335 3 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 372 341 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 355 313 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 338 291 6 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 318 280 7 3
METFORMIN HCL 300 273 8 10
LISINOPRIL 294 281 9 5
FUROSEMIDE 262 211 10 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 259 237 11 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 236 207 12 8
ALLOPURINOL 221 201 13 29
GABAPENTIN 218 177 14 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 215 195 15 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 209 180 16 15
CLOPIDOGREL 188 167 17 30
CRESTOR 178 149 18 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 170 19 12
PLAVIX 151 137 20 43
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 149 130 21 49
TAMSULOSIN HCL 139 117 22 36
MELOXICAM 133 106 23 31
FENOFIBRATE 127 106 24 59
KLOR-CON M20 124 103 25 47
METFORMIN HCL ER 123 103 26 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 117 106 27 24
NEXIUM 112 102 28 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 108 101 29 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 76 30 38
DIGOXIN 101 85 31 55
SYNTHROID 101 89 31 39
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 94 33 27
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 99 86 34 53
DIOVAN 96 80 35 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 96 81 35 20
BENAZEPRIL HCL 95 74 37 35
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 93 91 38 108
ADVAIR DISKUS 90 53 39 63
CELEBREX 89 66 40 72
ATENOLOL 89 78 40 22
SPIRIVA 88 70 42 70
CARVEDILOL 88 83 42 23
RANITIDINE HCL 84 70 44 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 67 45 32
TRAMADOL HCL 81 68 46 16
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80 76 R 47 61
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 67 48 34
GLIPIZIDE ER 75 61 49 68
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 72 72 50 174
TRICOR 71 54 51 118
INSULIN SYRINGE 69 61 52 77
CYMBALTA 69 51 52 46
PREDNISONE 68 60 54 37
IBUPROFEN 68 58 54 114
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 64 41 56 142
VERAPAMIL ER 64 54 56 103
AZITHROMYCIN 64 58 56 40
GLIMEPIRIDE 64 52 56 42
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 33 R 60 65
ZOSTAVAX 60 59 61 217
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 57 54 62 133
DIOVAN HCT 57 54 62 52
LYRICA 57 43 62 71
SINGULAIR 54 48 65 94
BENICAR 53 36 66 143
LANTUS 53 50 66 54
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 52 66 81
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 50 69 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52 46 69 48
FELODIPINE ER 52 52 69 156
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 52 69 82
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 52 52 69 44
SERTRALINE HCL 51 35 74 26
LIPITOR 51 48 74 75
RAMIPRIL 50 50 76 78
NIASPAN 50 38 76 101
ZETIA 50 28 76 66
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 Sept. 12, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.