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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,639Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 90 out of 625

$703K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 92 out of 625

459 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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 459 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 459 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 8,954 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

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 655 477 S3 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 450 418 2 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 406 349 3 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 397 324 4 11
LISINOPRIL 343 254 5 5
SERTRALINE HCL 290 252 6 26
GABAPENTIN 274 206 7 14
METFORMIN HCL 260 165 8 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 232 201 9 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 188 188 10 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 185 151 11 12
OMEPRAZOLE 157 97 12 6
LOVASTATIN 155 107 13 58
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 123 14 27
SIMVASTATIN 144 116 15 2
KLOR-CON M20 141 130 16 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 139 115 17 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 138 103 18 32
FAMOTIDINE 129 122 19 73
TAMSULOSIN HCL 127 103 20 36
IBUPROFEN 126 49 21 114
CARVEDILOL 120 93 22 23
CLOPIDOGREL 116 87 23 30
ALLOPURINOL 111 85 24 29
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 104 84 25 85
FENTANYL 100 72 S2 26 110
NEXIUM 100 74 26 21
NAMENDA 97 97 28 45
PAROXETINE HCL 94 60 29 76
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 93 51 30 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 93 83 30 91
ATENOLOL 87 71 32 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 79 32 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 70 34 63
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 81 71 35 60
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 80 43 36 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 73 36 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 80 68 36 48
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 78 29 39 151
RANITIDINE HCL 75 39 40 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 70 58 41 24
NAPROXEN 69 54 42 104
PLAVIX 67 57 43 43
DIOVAN 67 55 43 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 45 43 44
WARFARIN SODIUM 66 58 46 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 58 47 38
CELEBREX 63 54 48 72
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 45 49 116
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 18 S2 50 87
PREDNISONE 58 54 51 37
TRAZODONE HCL 58 48 51 51
SPIRIVA 57 48 53 70
HALOPERIDOL 55 55 54 244
LANTUS 55 36 54 54
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 36 56 8
INDAPAMIDE 53 34 57 158
LEVEMIR 53 52 57 181
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 53 44 57 15
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 30 60 133
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 33 60 119
LEVETIRACETAM 52 19 60 98
COLCRYS 50 39 63 117
VENTOLIN HFA 50 15 63 93
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 50 50 63 142
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 April 24, 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.