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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,628Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 73 out of 625

$817K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 60 out of 625

744 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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

4% of this provider’s 744 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 744 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 11,519 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% 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

17 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
SIMVASTATIN 545 469 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 516 502 2 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 444 402 3 9
CRESTOR 332 332 4 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 293 274 5 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 293 261 5 8
BENAZEPRIL HCL 290 248 7 35
CARVEDILOL 289 264 8 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 240 219 9 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 235 227 10 15
METFORMIN HCL 234 208 11 10
MELOXICAM 225 203 12 31
OMEPRAZOLE 201 182 13 6
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 200 175 14 167
RANITIDINE HCL 195 161 15 25
ALLOPURINOL 188 160 16 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 168 17 12
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 174 162 18 108
CLONIDINE HCL 146 135 19 50
TRAMADOL HCL 145 128 20 16
DIOVAN HCT 142 142 21 52
CLOPIDOGREL 141 130 22 30
LISINOPRIL 137 133 23 5
FUROSEMIDE 130 121 24 7
DIOVAN 128 114 25 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 123 96 26 13
LIPITOR 122 114 27 75
WARFARIN SODIUM 121 118 28 20
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 118 104 29 53
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 117 107 S3 30 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 111 107 31 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 109 93 32 48
PLAVIX 108 104 33 43
SYNTHROID 106 105 34 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 100 35 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 99 95 36 32
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 99 77 36 206
FAMOTIDINE 93 71 38 73
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 70 39 62
TRAZODONE HCL 88 83 40 51
SPIRONOLACTONE 82 75 41 64
PREDNISONE 80 71 42 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 73 43 34
BENICAR 72 72 44 143
GABAPENTIN 70 64 45 14
NAMENDA 65 65 46 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 62 46 44
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 64 51 R 48 125
METFORMIN HCL ER 63 53 49 41
BYSTOLIC 63 62 49 97
CITALOPRAM HBR 61 50 51 24
ZETIA 60 60 52 66
ATENOLOL 59 55 53 22
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 59 53 49
CHLORTHALIDONE 58 58 55 109
RIVASTIGMINE 56 56 56 351
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 56 43 56 19
COMBIVENT 56 45 56 126
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 47 59 60
EXFORGE 52 52 60 152
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 49 61 168
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 Dec. 31, 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.