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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,922Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 625

$980K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 625

547 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

11% of this provider’s 547 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 547 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 14,920 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
OMEPRAZOLE 636 583 1 6
METFORMIN HCL 480 412 2 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 478 372 S3 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 438 383 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 431 386 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 415 306 6 7
GABAPENTIN 399 337 7 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 327 285 8 11
RANITIDINE HCL 313 256 9 25
LISINOPRIL 313 260 9 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 297 250 11 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 295 227 12 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 278 214 13 8
BENAZEPRIL HCL 273 226 14 35
CARVEDILOL 240 176 15 23
LOVASTATIN 234 218 16 58
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 230 205 17 18
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 224 178 18 88
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 218 196 19 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218 139 19 12
CYMBALTA 218 195 19 46
CLOPIDOGREL 207 172 22 30
SERTRALINE HCL 201 158 23 26
LANTUS 194 157 24 54
ETODOLAC 171 132 25 260
WARFARIN SODIUM 169 135 26 20
PLAVIX 168 147 27 43
TRAMADOL HCL 166 135 28 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 164 146 29 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 161 151 30 48
SINGLE USE SWAB 159 124 31 197
INSULIN SYRINGE 157 133 32 77
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 155 119 33 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 141 120 34 33
CLONIDINE HCL 140 108 35 50
DIOVAN 138 106 36 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 137 116 37 24
ALLOPURINOL 136 112 38 29
SIMVASTATIN 135 121 39 2
MECLIZINE HCL 134 110 40 113
LYRICA 129 89 41 71
AZITHROMYCIN 126 112 42 40
PREDNISONE 125 112 43 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 124 103 44 32
FLUOXETINE HCL 122 108 45 62
KLOR-CON M20 120 73 46 47
SINGULAIR 120 98 46 94
TRAZODONE HCL 113 101 48 51
NEXIUM 109 74 49 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 103 73 50 106
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 100 72 51 82
OLANZAPINE 98 98 52 198
MIRTAZAPINE 97 87 53 69
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 97 86 53 60
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 95 80 55 162
PENTOXIFYLLINE 94 80 56 235
ATENOLOL 94 91 56 22
FLUCONAZOLE 92 81 58 165
CRESTOR 87 86 59 17
PROMETHAZINE HCL 80 50 R 60 84
ROPINIROLE HCL 76 71 61 96
ACTOS 75 67 62 102
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 68 63 133
FENTANYL 72 60 S2 64 110
ADVAIR DISKUS 72 55 64 63
SANTYL 70 56 66 323
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 57 66 44
SYNTHROID 66 54 68 39
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 63 57 69 53
DIGOXIN 62 34 70 55
PROPRANOLOL HCL 62 62 70 147
BACLOFEN 62 11 70 138
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 61 48 73 91
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 42 74 64
NOVOLOG 58 36 75 112
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 34 75 119
VENLAFAXINE HCL 57 39 77 195
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 57 40 77 81
HYDRALAZINE HCL 56 44 79 80
DILTIAZEM HCL 55 42 80 205
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 42 81 27
DETROL LA 53 49 82 213
MONOJECT INSULIN SYRINGE 52 38 83 271
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 51 51 84 49
PATADAY 51 51 84 369
BUSPIRONE HCL 51 48 84 182
LIPITOR 50 46 87 75
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. 20, 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.