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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,741Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 195 out of 625

$452K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 214 out of 625

616 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
13% 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

3% of this provider’s 616 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 616 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 7,023 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 419 385 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 324 318 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 247 239 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 228 206 4 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 221 212 5 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 214 184 6 13
OMEPRAZOLE 214 191 6 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 174 170 8 8
LISINOPRIL 157 151 9 5
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152 145 10 38
ATENOLOL 148 138 11 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 147 119 S3 12 4
METFORMIN HCL 144 124 13 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 129 14 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 125 118 15 15
TRAMADOL HCL 117 110 16 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 107 95 17 18
SERTRALINE HCL 104 100 18 26
LANTUS 103 99 19 54
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 91 20 27
CRESTOR 93 87 21 17
SYNTHROID 85 83 22 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 80 77 23 11
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 76 24 53
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 61 25 19
DIOVAN 68 67 26 28
PREDNISONE 68 58 26 37
WARFARIN SODIUM 67 64 28 20
GABAPENTIN 66 56 29 14
AZITHROMYCIN 64 51 30 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 58 30 32
NEXIUM 64 56 30 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 63 63 33 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 46 33 63
RAMIPRIL 61 57 35 78
CARVEDILOL 60 47 36 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 57 48 37 42
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56 35 38 85
DONEPEZIL HCL 55 55 39 33
CYMBALTA 54 42 40 46
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 Nov. 26, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.