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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,057Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 625

$1.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 625

397 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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

24% of this provider’s 397 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 397 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 12,646 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

38% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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
CRESTOR 913 675 1 17
RAMIPRIL 902 629 10 2 78
FUROSEMIDE 901 679 3 7
CARVEDILOL 831 601 4 23
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 649 508 5 3
NIASPAN 635 446 10 6 101
CLOPIDOGREL 510 392 7 30
PLAVIX 458 352 8 43
NEXIUM 396 251 9 21
KLOR-CON M20 381 292 10 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 360 295 11 19
SIMVASTATIN 304 253 12 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 291 202 13 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 268 171 14 1
SIMCOR 249 189 10 15 240
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 227 86 S2 16 87
ALLOPURINOL 226 212 17 29
ENDOCET 217 102 S2 18 124
NAPROXEN 199 154 19 104
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 181 166 20 11
GLYBURIDE 180 106 R 21 106
TRAMADOL HCL 176 123 22 16
CYMBALTA 171 108 23 46
AZITHROMYCIN 166 104 24 40
OMEPRAZOLE 153 114 25 6
ULORIC 144 72 26 231
MECLIZINE HCL 130 113 27 113
LYRICA 125 34 28 71
ADVAIR DISKUS 120 50 29 63
DEXILANT 120 76 29 155
TAMSULOSIN HCL 116 77 31 36
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 113 92 32 53
PENTOXIFYLLINE 111 103 33 235
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 74 34 12
ROPINIROLE HCL 109 88 35 96
LOVAZA 103 62 36 153
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 101 57 37 86
EXELON 101 97 37 129
CHLORZOXAZONE 100 86 R 39 301
LACTULOSE 93 79 40 148
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 59 41 60
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 92 69 41 133
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 90 71 S2 43 95
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 87 58 44 142
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 87 63 44 49
GABAPENTIN 83 49 46 14
RANITIDINE HCL 82 56 47 25
PEN NEEDLE 81 51 48 100
TORSEMIDE 80 58 49 99
TRAZODONE HCL 79 50 50 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 73 51 9
CELEBREX 78 63 51 72
CLONIDINE HCL 78 32 51 50
PREMARIN 76 32 R 54 105
SPIRIVA 75 29 55 70
SINGULAIR 75 41 55 94
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 75 47 55 151
IBUPROFEN 74 54 58 114
DIOVAN 72 52 59 28
SYNTHROID 69 65 60 39
COREG CR 68 42 61 274
ZETIA 67 55 62 66
DETROL LA 67 34 62 213
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 67 29 R 62 61
SERTRALINE HCL 66 27 65 26
VICTOZA 3-PAK 66 36 65 327
METOLAZONE 66 62 65 240
WARFARIN SODIUM 65 63 68 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 50 68 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 64 42 70 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 62 43 71 15
LISINOPRIL 59 29 72 5
TIZANIDINE HCL 58 19 73 115
DICYCLOMINE HCL 58 46 73 343
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 55 35 75 162
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 24 76 62
NIFEDIPINE ER 52 22 76 111
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 23 78 32
TRICOR 51 37 78 118
KLOR-CON 10 50 38 80 134
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 36 80 85
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 Oct. 16, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.