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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,062Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 217 out of 625

$447K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 217 out of 625

614 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
9% 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
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this specialty
in South Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 614 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 614 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,786 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

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 352 333 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 337 331 2 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 310 299 3 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 277 268 4 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 272 262 5 8
LISINOPRIL 262 231 6 5
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 241 235 7 53
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 176 168 8 12
FUROSEMIDE 172 166 9 7
CRESTOR 136 134 10 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 133 129 11 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 123 115 12 13
METFORMIN HCL 122 112 13 10
CARVEDILOL 114 109 14 23
ATENOLOL 113 113 15 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 107 103 S3 16 4
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 100 17 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 101 95 18 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 95 89 19 15
ALLOPURINOL 87 85 20 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 82 79 21 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 78 74 22 42
SERTRALINE HCL 77 77 23 26
SYNTHROID 77 72 23 39
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 64 25 38
OMEPRAZOLE 66 63 26 6
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 65 63 27 88
VERAPAMIL ER 62 61 28 103
DIOVAN 61 61 29 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 59 59 30 20
PREDNISONE 56 54 31 37
LIPITOR 55 55 32 75
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 49 33 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 50 50 34 36
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 June 26, 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.