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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,383Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 40 out of 625

$705K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 90 out of 625

423 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 423 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 11,036 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 724 555 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 698 560 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 550 413 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 473 262 S3 4 4
METFORMIN HCL 398 302 5 10
TRAMADOL HCL 385 243 6 16
OMEPRAZOLE 339 229 7 6
FUROSEMIDE 304 242 8 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 290 194 9 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 289 216 10 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 280 212 11 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 254 198 12 27
LISINOPRIL 241 178 13 5
NEXIUM 241 132 13 21
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 238 201 15 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 166 16 12
FENOFIBRATE 209 129 17 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 207 151 18 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 199 156 19 53
CARVEDILOL 198 122 20 23
ATENOLOL 195 153 21 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 191 152 22 11
MELOXICAM 176 83 23 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 172 104 24 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 172 136 24 34
TRAZODONE HCL 158 74 26 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 154 100 27 32
CLOPIDOGREL 152 106 28 30
GABAPENTIN 149 102 29 14
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 142 110 30 116
GLIMEPIRIDE 138 101 31 42
BENAZEPRIL HCL 136 105 32 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 133 119 33 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 127 99 34 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 116 116 35 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 109 64 36 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 104 104 37 49
ALLOPURINOL 100 88 38 29
DIOVAN HCT 99 55 39 52
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 93 54 40 108
FAMOTIDINE 93 45 40 73
DIGOXIN 90 79 42 55
CRESTOR 89 65 43 17
NAMENDA 88 88 44 45
PLAVIX 87 70 45 43
PROAIR HFA 87 61 45 57
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 85 74 47 60
AZITHROMYCIN 84 60 48 40
TRICOR 82 41 49 118
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 77 49 63
METFORMIN HCL ER 80 54 51 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 79 74 52 48
RANITIDINE HCL 79 57 52 25
KLOR-CON M20 78 60 54 47
TIZANIDINE HCL 77 35 55 115
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 31 56 86
PREDNISONE 74 55 57 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 64 58 36
TORSEMIDE 70 44 59 99
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 70 43 59 131
DIOVAN 67 40 61 28
GLIPIZIDE 67 36 61 56
CLONIDINE HCL 66 46 63 50
NAPROXEN 65 56 64 104
PAROXETINE HCL 65 37 64 76
SINGULAIR 63 43 66 94
BENICAR HCT 61 50 67 207
MECLIZINE HCL 60 54 68 113
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 60 54 68 13
ZETIA 58 45 70 66
VENTOLIN HFA 57 33 71 93
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 56 14 72 119
CYMBALTA 56 24 72 46
SYMBICORT 56 36 72 123
SPIRIVA 55 52 75 70
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 47 76 167
ACTOS 52 28 77 102
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52 32 77 67
GLIPIZIDE XL 51 39 79 83
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 37 79 62
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 Oct. 2, 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.