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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,013Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 625

$844K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 52 out of 625

697 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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

9% of this provider’s 697 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 697 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,006 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 742 598 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 595 438 S3 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 504 407 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 501 360 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 414 329 5 6
METFORMIN HCL 409 296 6 10
FUROSEMIDE 392 299 7 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 363 256 8 27
LISINOPRIL 349 223 9 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 340 243 10 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 318 239 11 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 267 192 12 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 263 177 13 9
TRAMADOL HCL 220 134 14 16
NEXIUM 208 100 15 21
RANITIDINE HCL 172 83 16 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 166 125 17 8
CRESTOR 159 87 18 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 155 115 19 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 127 20 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 146 95 21 48
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 146 117 21 18
GABAPENTIN 141 77 23 14
ALLOPURINOL 127 115 24 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 124 69 25 24
CLOPIDOGREL 124 93 25 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 107 27 12
PLAVIX 118 80 28 43
ATENOLOL 117 100 29 22
PREDNISONE 117 88 29 37
BYSTOLIC 113 110 31 97
FENOFIBRATE 112 59 32 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111 90 33 44
CARVEDILOL 109 84 34 23
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 107 68 35 85
DIOVAN HCT 103 72 36 52
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98 82 37 32
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 98 35 R 37 65
SERTRALINE HCL 98 81 37 26
CYMBALTA 96 60 40 46
GLIPIZIDE ER 96 75 40 68
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 94 66 42 34
SYNTHROID 90 67 43 39
DIOVAN 88 68 44 28
SPIRONOLACTONE 88 87 44 64
BENAZEPRIL HCL 87 72 46 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 85 59 47 19
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 84 57 48 135
LYRICA 79 59 49 71
LANTUS 75 70 50 54
PROAIR HFA 73 50 51 57
NABUMETONE 72 43 52 179
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 53 52 36
AGGRENOX 68 50 54 189
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 53 55 49
SINGULAIR 65 46 56 94
MELOXICAM 65 49 56 31
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65 48 R 56 61
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 54 59 96
KLOR-CON M20 62 31 60 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 56 60 63
CLONIDINE HCL 59 42 62 50
PEN NEEDLE 59 49 62 100
PREMARIN 58 25 R 64 105
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 27 64 62
DONEPEZIL HCL 58 54 64 33
DIGOXIN 57 57 67 55
NIASPAN 57 45 67 101
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 56 56 69 53
PAROXETINE HCL 52 52 70 76
LOVASTATIN 52 42 70 58
BUPROPION HCL SR 52 43 70 200
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 51 39 73 141
CARISOPRODOL 50 26 R 74 89
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 March 10, 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.