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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,864Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 625

$957K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 625

632 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

2% of this provider’s 632 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 632 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 13,154 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 1,040 631 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 792 546 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 737 361 S3 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 717 452 4 6
LISINOPRIL 688 452 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 646 468 6 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 616 375 7 3
TRAMADOL HCL 464 230 8 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 399 239 9 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 393 305 10 11
METFORMIN HCL 388 217 11 10
ALLOPURINOL 358 247 12 29
GLIPIZIDE ER 347 217 13 68
CARVEDILOL 346 249 14 23
GABAPENTIN 333 195 15 14
METFORMIN HCL ER 326 216 16 41
WARFARIN SODIUM 314 248 17 20
RANITIDINE HCL 307 126 18 25
NEXIUM 275 96 19 21
FENOFIBRATE 274 93 20 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 274 225 20 15
KLOR-CON M20 241 160 22 47
CLOPIDOGREL 238 172 23 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 236 166 24 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 222 151 25 9
MELOXICAM 209 85 26 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 207 88 27 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194 136 28 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 189 138 29 8
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 174 136 30 49
CITALOPRAM HBR 163 73 31 24
LOVASTATIN 162 115 32 58
KLOR-CON 10 161 113 33 134
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 160 97 34 44
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 156 101 35 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 151 41 R 36 65
ATENOLOL 151 85 36 22
PLAVIX 150 112 38 43
PREDNISONE 148 95 39 37
GLIPIZIDE 145 83 40 56
FLUOXETINE HCL 132 89 41 62
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 132 57 41 13
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 131 81 43 60
DIOVAN 130 111 44 28
GLIPIZIDE XL 120 57 45 83
SPIRIVA 117 75 46 70
SERTRALINE HCL 115 64 47 26
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 115 35 47 184
AZITHROMYCIN 113 73 49 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 111 59 50 32
DILTIAZEM ER 110 90 51 121
DIOVAN HCT 104 65 52 52
CLONIDINE HCL 103 54 53 50
KLOR-CON M10 100 85 54 137
CEFUROXIME 99 75 55 161
TAMSULOSIN HCL 99 71 55 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 96 78 57 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 67 58 12
JANUMET 90 39 59 163
MECLIZINE HCL 88 59 60 113
FELODIPINE ER 87 76 61 156
SINGULAIR 83 18 62 94
DONEPEZIL HCL 82 70 63 33
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 82 31 63 133
SPIRONOLACTONE 82 45 63 64
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 81 42 66 82
INSULIN SYRINGE 80 28 67 77
VENTOLIN HFA 79 46 68 93
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 75 43 69 141
RISPERIDONE 75 64 69 92
CRESTOR 75 15 69 17
ROPINIROLE HCL 73 43 72 96
BENAZEPRIL HCL 73 50 72 35
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 72 53 74 81
PREMARIN 72 13 R 74 105
PAROXETINE HCL 71 40 76 76
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 37 77 63
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 68 78 131
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 67 66 79 122
EXFORGE 66 55 80 152
LEVOFLOXACIN 65 37 81 90
BUSPIRONE HCL 65 31 81 182
PROMETHAZINE HCL 64 0 R 83 84
SYMBICORT 64 43 83 123
PROAIR HFA 62 38 85 57
ENABLEX 62 11 85 285
LANTUS 62 28 85 54
NAMENDA 61 59 88 45
GLIMEPIRIDE 59 36 89 42
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 58 30 90 343
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 43 R 91 61
DIGOXIN 57 47 91 55
VESICARE 57 45 91 193
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 56 12 94 162
NAPROXEN 56 30 94 104
JANUVIA 54 41 96 74
TRAZODONE HCL 54 14 96 51
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 23 98 53
LYRICA 51 12 99 71
COLCRYS 50 27 100 117
METRONIDAZOLE 50 23 100 261
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 Feb. 19, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.