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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,702Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 625

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 625

648 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

3% of this provider’s 648 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 648 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 15,168 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% 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

30 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 888 731 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 845 724 2 1
LISINOPRIL 691 550 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 682 534 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 665 490 5 6
ALLOPURINOL 546 410 6 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 534 334 S3 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 522 367 8 10
GABAPENTIN 467 313 9 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 456 407 10 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 429 361 11 9
FUROSEMIDE 423 336 12 7
CYMBALTA 305 161 13 46
SERTRALINE HCL 298 254 14 26
TRAMADOL HCL 294 216 15 16
CARVEDILOL 293 240 16 23
CRESTOR 255 223 17 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 255 230 17 13
NEXIUM 233 140 19 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 230 143 20 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 227 185 21 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 209 205 22 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 206 156 23 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 189 24 12
ATENOLOL 176 149 25 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 175 164 26 33
DIGOXIN 172 154 27 55
PAROXETINE HCL 169 154 28 76
LYRICA 165 93 29 71
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 164 121 30 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 158 113 31 42
PLAVIX 139 129 32 43
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 139 76 R 32 61
DILTIAZEM ER 137 112 34 121
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 109 35 38
MELOXICAM 124 96 36 31
CLOPIDOGREL 123 110 37 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 119 118 38 49
SPIRONOLACTONE 115 102 39 64
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 113 86 40 86
FENOFIBRATE 112 75 41 59
SINGULAIR 111 82 42 94
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 96 43 36
ACTOS 105 75 44 102
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 103 71 45 48
BENAZEPRIL HCL 101 88 46 35
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 101 64 46 162
BYSTOLIC 100 86 48 97
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 99 81 49 15
GLIPIZIDE 98 69 50 56
PRISTIQ ER 96 75 51 228
LOVAZA 95 48 52 153
JANUVIA 94 71 53 74
MIRTAZAPINE 94 76 53 69
FINASTERIDE 90 81 55 139
DIOVAN HCT 90 73 55 52
COLCRYS 86 55 57 117
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 60 58 8
KLOR-CON M20 85 65 58 47
TRAZODONE HCL 84 60 60 51
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 79 35 61 206
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 47 62 53
AZITHROMYCIN 74 56 63 40
SYNTHROID 73 53 64 39
NAMENDA 72 72 65 45
VERAPAMIL ER 72 72 65 103
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 38 65 32
PEN NEEDLE 70 48 68 100
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 49 68 44
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 69 49 70 88
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 69 57 70 122
GLIPIZIDE ER 68 55 72 68
TIZANIDINE HCL 68 30 72 115
DIOVAN 63 44 74 28
ONGLYZA 62 49 75 289
CLONIDINE HCL 62 60 75 50
RAMIPRIL 61 49 77 78
ZETIA 60 57 78 66
BUSPIRONE HCL 58 51 79 182
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 56 56 80 294
BENICAR 56 56 80 143
AMOXICILLIN 56 50 80 132
RANITIDINE HCL 55 41 83 25
GLIPIZIDE XL 54 41 84 83
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 53 33 85 142
LIPITOR 52 39 86 75
SYMBICORT 52 26 86 123
KLOR-CON 10 51 44 88 134
KLOR-CON M10 51 38 88 137
PROAIR HFA 51 24 88 57
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 40 91 96
FENTANYL 50 26 S2 91 110
CELEBREX 50 42 91 72
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 Jan. 11, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.