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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,202Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 625

$799K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 61 out of 625

587 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 587 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 587 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 10,166 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

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 1,019 588 S3 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 790 655 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 542 419 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 459 361 4 3
LISINOPRIL 439 279 5 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 413 298 6 18
OMEPRAZOLE 363 280 7 6
FUROSEMIDE 295 230 8 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 278 167 9 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 264 155 10 9
METFORMIN HCL 260 186 11 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 255 198 12 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 225 164 13 12
SERTRALINE HCL 223 189 14 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 203 133 15 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 192 138 16 19
ATENOLOL 179 160 17 22
ALLOPURINOL 179 108 17 29
NEXIUM 175 79 19 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 171 143 20 20
CLOPIDOGREL 152 114 21 30
CLONIDINE HCL 147 91 22 50
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 138 89 23 8
CARVEDILOL 131 98 24 23
GABAPENTIN 122 61 25 14
PREDNISONE 120 94 26 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 120 73 26 24
PROAIR HFA 116 56 28 57
DONEPEZIL HCL 113 110 29 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 109 98 30 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 102 89 31 15
AZITHROMYCIN 95 69 32 40
SINGULAIR 90 64 33 94
RANITIDINE HCL 90 60 33 25
PLAVIX 88 68 35 43
CELEBREX 87 83 36 72
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 64 37 38
SYNTHROID 86 86 37 39
SPIRIVA 85 61 39 70
TRAMADOL HCL 84 58 40 16
SPIRONOLACTONE 83 44 41 64
CRESTOR 82 68 42 17
LOVASTATIN 82 62 42 58
LYRICA 82 44 42 71
DIGOXIN 79 67 45 55
GLIPIZIDE 78 45 46 56
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 55 46 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 41 48 63
MELOXICAM 73 48 49 31
NAMENDA 73 73 49 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 72 32 51 67
BENAZEPRIL HCL 69 55 52 35
SYMBICORT 69 58 52 123
KLOR-CON M20 65 46 54 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 34 55 44
LANTUS 61 48 56 54
DIOVAN 60 58 57 28
PEN NEEDLE 57 39 58 100
CYMBALTA 57 24 58 46
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 38 58 53
FELODIPINE ER 57 56 58 156
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 55 45 62 142
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 31 63 62
LIPITOR 51 32 64 75
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 44 R 65 61
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 July 29, 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.