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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,134Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 625

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 625

799 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

12% of this provider’s 799 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 799 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 14,911 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$48 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,244 1,071 S3 1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 844 641 2 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 774 481 3 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 718 538 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 648 437 5 7
SIMVASTATIN 644 467 6 2
LISINOPRIL 517 361 7 5
OMEPRAZOLE 495 204 8 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 471 345 9 11
METFORMIN HCL 461 291 10 10
SERTRALINE HCL 363 187 11 26
NEXIUM 344 204 12 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 321 223 13 19
GABAPENTIN 305 162 14 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 297 227 15 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 243 169 16 8
AZITHROMYCIN 238 152 17 40
DIGOXIN 222 192 18 55
CITALOPRAM HBR 220 137 19 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 218 157 20 18
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 215 110 S2 21 87
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 119 21 12
CLOPIDOGREL 215 176 21 30
TRAMADOL HCL 210 143 24 16
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 189 54 R 25 65
CARVEDILOL 185 114 26 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 181 110 27 9
KLOR-CON M10 178 124 28 137
CARISOPRODOL 176 20 R 29 89
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 175 94 30 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 169 160 31 33
FLUOXETINE HCL 159 95 32 62
PLAVIX 157 133 33 43
CRESTOR 155 99 34 17
LYRICA 153 60 35 71
GLIMEPIRIDE 149 114 36 42
KLOR-CON M20 146 102 37 47
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 146 109 37 67
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 144 94 39 108
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 138 99 40 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 137 121 41 36
CYMBALTA 131 44 42 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 131 104 42 15
TIZANIDINE HCL 130 63 44 115
CLONIDINE HCL 129 79 45 50
PREDNISONE 128 93 46 37
CELEBREX 128 96 46 72
OXYCODONE HCL 125 29 S2 48 79
VERAPAMIL ER 120 87 49 103
PROAIR HFA 120 52 49 57
RANITIDINE HCL 119 78 51 25
ALLOPURINOL 119 83 51 29
TRAZODONE HCL 118 54 53 51
ATENOLOL 118 71 53 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 116 51 55 32
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 114 55 R 56 61
SPIRIVA 112 68 57 70
GLIPIZIDE 111 45 58 56
DIOVAN 109 77 59 28
ENDOCET 108 48 S2 60 124
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 72 61 27
KLOR-CON 10 105 65 61 134
MELOXICAM 104 40 63 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 103 58 64 64
SINGULAIR 99 47 65 94
BENAZEPRIL HCL 96 54 66 35
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 85 67 38
ESTRADIOL 89 63 R 68 128
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 89 46 68 85
PROPRANOLOL HCL 88 74 70 147
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 48 71 146
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 85 66 72 122
LOVASTATIN 84 50 73 58
VENTOLIN HFA 83 38 74 93
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 80 74 75 34
GEMFIBROZIL 80 60 75 127
DILTIAZEM ER 80 62 75 121
PROMETHAZINE HCL 79 13 R 78 84
SYMBICORT 79 49 78 123
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 77 36 80 315
PAROXETINE HCL 76 50 81 76
PREMARIN 76 25 R 81 105
AMOXICILLIN 72 46 83 132
ALPRAZOLAM 72 49 83 215
FELODIPINE ER 72 30 83 156
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 33 86 63
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 68 32 87 162
LANSOPRAZOLE 67 37 88 159
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 66 38 89 135
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 63 15 S2 90 145
JANUVIA 63 31 90 74
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 62 35 92 48
NAMENDA 62 62 92 45
LANTUS 62 39 92 54
INSULIN SYRINGE 61 45 95 77
NIFEDIPINE ER 60 41 96 111
MECLIZINE HCL 58 42 97 113
LIPITOR 57 37 98 75
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 11 S2 98 95
LORAZEPAM 56 33 100 171
IBUPROFEN 56 16 100 114
DIOVAN HCT 55 34 102 52
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 54 37 103 120
FLUCONAZOLE 52 29 104 165
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 32 105 90
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 Aug. 8, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.