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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,568Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 625

$776K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 67 out of 625

445 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 445 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 8,905 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 565 321 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 512 356 2 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 493 238 S3 3 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 454 302 4 8
LISINOPRIL 426 294 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 423 268 6 6
SIMVASTATIN 329 241 7 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 326 216 8 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 323 218 9 1
TRAMADOL HCL 280 148 10 16
GABAPENTIN 276 143 11 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 236 137 12 19
SERTRALINE HCL 231 159 13 26
ATENOLOL 212 151 14 22
NEXIUM 210 59 15 21
FENOFIBRATE 190 143 16 59
METFORMIN HCL 190 115 16 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 177 175 18 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 106 19 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 165 113 20 15
ALLOPURINOL 162 135 21 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 154 126 22 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152 121 23 12
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 151 97 24 60
WARFARIN SODIUM 146 95 25 20
CYMBALTA 143 63 26 46
AZITHROMYCIN 140 73 27 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 131 82 28 44
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 122 32 R 29 65
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 102 30 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 121 59 30 9
NAMENDA 120 114 32 45
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 107 33 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 114 57 34 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 111 90 35 24
JANUVIA 105 74 36 74
TIZANIDINE HCL 104 40 37 115
LOVASTATIN 104 72 37 58
CARVEDILOL 102 79 39 23
RANITIDINE HCL 99 62 40 25
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 95 76 41 88
KLOR-CON M20 94 35 42 47
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 93 55 43 120
VENTOLIN HFA 91 23 44 93
CLOPIDOGREL 88 59 45 30
PROAIR HFA 85 32 46 57
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 82 40 47 32
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 35 48 96
SINGULAIR 75 31 49 94
NYSTATIN 73 57 50 209
PAROXETINE HCL 72 24 51 76
PLAVIX 69 54 52 43
FAMOTIDINE 65 55 53 73
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 25 53 62
PROMETHAZINE HCL 64 15 R 55 84
GLIPIZIDE 63 55 56 56
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 44 57 67
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 27 R 58 61
MELOXICAM 60 37 59 31
LYRICA 59 30 60 71
CARISOPRODOL 58 0 R 61 89
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 57 29 62 122
KLOR-CON 10 56 49 63 134
GLIPIZIDE ER 55 40 64 68
DILTIAZEM ER 54 43 65 121
FLUCONAZOLE 52 26 66 165
SYMBICORT 51 20 67 123
CELEBREX 51 45 67 72
TRICOR 51 12 67 118
CLONIDINE HCL 51 12 67 50
METFORMIN HCL ER 50 35 71 41
GLIPIZIDE XL 50 24 71 83
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 May 15, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.