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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,901Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 86 out of 625

$607K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 130 out of 625

319 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

15% of this provider’s 319 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 319 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 6,254 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 591 235 S3 1 4
LISINOPRIL 405 232 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 388 212 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 304 190 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 292 151 5 6
RANITIDINE HCL 288 155 6 25
FUROSEMIDE 287 184 7 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 273 165 8 8
METFORMIN HCL 242 120 9 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 236 101 10 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 227 82 11 13
SERTRALINE HCL 207 135 12 26
GABAPENTIN 202 105 13 14
TRAMADOL HCL 192 110 14 16
CLONIDINE HCL 189 121 15 50
SPIRONOLACTONE 175 130 16 64
FENOFIBRATE 170 56 17 59
MELOXICAM 165 95 18 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 154 109 19 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 135 64 20 27
TIZANIDINE HCL 129 24 21 115
GLIMEPIRIDE 124 60 22 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 122 91 23 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 121 89 24 34
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 112 42 R 25 61
NEXIUM 112 72 25 21
PROAIR HFA 111 50 27 57
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 109 68 28 194
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 105 50 R 29 65
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 102 39 30 11
CARVEDILOL 101 88 31 23
CLOPIDOGREL 100 74 32 30
PROPRANOLOL HCL 95 0 33 147
ALLOPURINOL 89 63 34 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87 46 35 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 70 35 12
ATENOLOL 87 57 35 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 55 38 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 82 72 39 33
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 0 S2 40 87
CEPHALEXIN 80 33 41 150
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 77 0 S2 42 227
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 44 42 32
BUPROPION HCL SR 76 21 44 200
SYMBICORT 70 18 45 123
TRAZODONE HCL 64 21 46 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 51 46 38
PLAVIX 63 43 48 43
CYMBALTA 62 16 49 46
WARFARIN SODIUM 62 41 49 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 18 49 44
SPIRIVA 60 27 52 70
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 0 53 62
LANTUS 59 29 53 54
CITALOPRAM HBR 56 16 55 24
OXYCODONE HCL 56 13 S2 55 79
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 0 R 55 84
CRESTOR 52 42 58 17
PRIMIDONE 52 42 58 365
SYNTHROID 51 34 60 39
LYRICA 51 13 60 71
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 May 31, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.