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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,152Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 83 out of 625

$722K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 81 out of 625

278 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

17% of this provider’s 278 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 278 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 10,932 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

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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 518 507 1 20
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 451 450 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 409 396 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 370 360 4 6
MIRTAZAPINE 321 321 5 69
NAMENDA 314 287 6 45
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 278 266 7 11
LISINOPRIL 262 240 8 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 244 233 9 33
GABAPENTIN 241 220 10 14
TRAMADOL HCL 226 215 11 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 191 182 12 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 173 171 13 1
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 171 166 14 49
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 166 135 15 67
CLOPIDOGREL 162 155 16 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 159 143 17 8
FAMOTIDINE 158 128 18 73
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 152 114 19 91
EXELON 151 150 20 129
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 148 128 21 44
SERTRALINE HCL 146 138 22 26
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 140 116 23 160
CARVEDILOL 130 101 24 23
CYMBALTA 118 84 25 46
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 116 60 26 188
PLAVIX 109 98 27 43
LIDODERM 107 104 28 265
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 101 92 S3 29 4
LEVETIRACETAM 99 89 30 98
CEPHALEXIN 99 91 30 150
SIMVASTATIN 98 75 32 2
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 98 92 32 106
LANTUS 89 75 34 54
HYDRALAZINE HCL 89 88 34 80
KLOR-CON 10 82 82 36 134
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 45 36 9
TRAZODONE HCL 77 77 38 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 74 39 63
PROMETHAZINE HCL 73 63 R 40 84
RANITIDINE HCL 72 61 41 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 69 57 42 19
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 67 67 43 151
LEVOFLOXACIN 67 45 43 90
SPIRIVA 66 59 45 70
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 66 19 45 133
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 64 64 47 15
LEVEMIR 64 52 47 181
DIGOXIN 64 64 47 55
ABILIFY 62 43 50 242
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 56 50 116
FENTANYL 60 60 S2 52 110
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 47 53 32
NYSTATIN 57 56 54 209
BUMETANIDE 57 57 54 178
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 57 54 85
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 56 57 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 56 57 34
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 53 59 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 55 54 59 36
NOVOLOG 54 44 61 112
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 53 53 62 233
SEROQUEL 51 48 63 173
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 28 64 96
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 Aug. 28, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.