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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,770Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 625

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 625

634 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

6% of this provider’s 634 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 634 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 16,213 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,054 918 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 671 475 S3 2 4
CARVEDILOL 636 552 3 23
FUROSEMIDE 636 549 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 549 509 5 2
DIOVAN 493 475 6 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 456 346 7 18
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 440 367 8 53
OMEPRAZOLE 365 298 9 6
LISINOPRIL 356 305 10 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 351 265 11 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 323 258 12 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 320 277 13 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 310 310 14 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 299 218 15 9
FAMOTIDINE 291 228 16 73
ALLOPURINOL 249 222 17 29
METFORMIN HCL ER 244 213 18 41
LOVASTATIN 239 209 19 58
LANTUS 236 187 20 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 225 171 21 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 222 220 22 49
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 195 23 38
LEVETIRACETAM 207 168 24 98
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 205 146 25 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 194 193 26 19
METFORMIN HCL 189 149 27 10
NOVOLOG 187 152 28 112
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 186 148 29 11
PREDNISONE 177 121 30 37
GABAPENTIN 175 119 31 14
CHLORTHALIDONE 168 155 32 109
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 163 156 33 187
CLOPIDOGREL 160 137 34 30
PROAIR HFA 160 136 34 57
IBUPROFEN 159 100 36 114
KLOR-CON M20 152 122 37 47
WARFARIN SODIUM 151 119 38 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 143 125 39 42
AZITHROMYCIN 137 102 40 40
HYDRALAZINE HCL 131 126 41 80
SPIRONOLACTONE 131 113 41 64
SERTRALINE HCL 125 101 43 26
COLCRYS 123 115 44 117
PLAVIX 123 98 44 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 117 99 46 63
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 116 95 47 82
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 116 85 47 32
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 107 91 49 85
MEGESTROL ACETATE 104 79 R 50 183
DIOVAN HCT 91 82 51 52
FINASTERIDE 88 66 52 139
BENAZEPRIL HCL 87 79 53 35
INSULIN SYRINGE 84 84 54 77
GLIPIZIDE XL 82 68 55 83
INDAPAMIDE 80 76 56 158
RISPERIDONE 77 66 57 92
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 73 55 58 151
ACTOS 73 65 58 102
DIGOXIN 73 53 58 55
CLONIDINE HCL 72 65 61 50
FELODIPINE ER 72 61 61 156
NIFEDIPINE ER 72 72 61 111
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 72 54 61 141
MELOXICAM 71 65 65 31
NEXIUM 70 47 66 21
VERAPAMIL ER 69 55 67 103
RANITIDINE HCL 69 47 67 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 68 59 69 48
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 68 59 69 133
TRAMADOL HCL 67 49 71 16
ATENOLOL 67 61 71 22
NAMENDA 67 67 71 45
IRBESARTAN 66 54 74 246
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 66 36 74 119
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 52 76 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 52 77 27
DETROL LA 61 59 78 213
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 61 42 78 91
LEVOFLOXACIN 60 57 80 90
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 60 51 80 184
CITALOPRAM HBR 59 28 82 24
CRESTOR 58 34 83 17
KLOR-CON M10 58 40 83 137
SPIRIVA 57 51 85 70
TRAVATAN Z 57 57 85 199
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 54 40 87 13
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 52 51 88 160
PROMETHAZINE HCL 52 43 R 88 84
FLUCONAZOLE 51 40 90 165
METHOTREXATE 50 41 91 251
LATANOPROST 50 50 91 204
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.