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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,270Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 625

$901K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 625

846 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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

7% of this provider’s 846 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 846 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 12,952 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

$49 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,635 813 S3 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 582 481 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 570 459 3 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 406 296 4 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 399 350 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 381 325 6 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 377 312 7 19
FUROSEMIDE 359 254 8 7
METFORMIN HCL 314 258 9 10
AZITHROMYCIN 294 189 10 40
LISINOPRIL 294 214 10 5
GABAPENTIN 287 171 12 14
SERTRALINE HCL 281 220 13 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 256 189 14 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 252 197 15 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 236 219 16 33
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 229 203 17 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 227 179 18 20
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 210 201 19 53
ALLOPURINOL 208 175 20 29
DIGOXIN 198 165 21 55
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 198 156 21 9
NEXIUM 194 100 23 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 184 171 24 36
CRESTOR 184 147 24 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 175 131 26 42
CARISOPRODOL 152 0 R 27 89
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 149 123 28 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 100 29 38
MELOXICAM 145 123 30 31
GLIPIZIDE 144 102 31 56
PROMETHAZINE HCL 139 25 R 32 84
TORSEMIDE 139 95 32 99
CELEBREX 135 83 34 72
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 129 129 35 49
TRAMADOL HCL 123 106 36 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 121 37 12
BYSTOLIC 121 110 38 97
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 116 76 39 67
CARVEDILOL 115 92 40 23
CLOPIDOGREL 105 84 41 30
PREMARIN 101 64 R 42 105
FLUOXETINE HCL 101 45 42 62
BENAZEPRIL HCL 96 83 44 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 95 73 45 60
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 95 94 45 34
VERAPAMIL ER 94 86 47 103
LYRICA 93 65 48 71
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 93 82 48 18
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 92 70 50 91
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 91 26 R 51 65
SYNTHROID 90 71 52 39
ESTRADIOL 88 46 R 53 128
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 86 64 54 8
OXYCODONE HCL 83 12 S2 55 79
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 80 66 56 48
KLOR-CON M10 79 66 57 137
PROAIR HFA 79 23 57 57
NAMENDA 78 64 59 45
ALPRAZOLAM 76 21 60 215
PLAVIX 75 58 61 43
TERAZOSIN HCL 75 63 61 149
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 72 48 63 116
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 54 64 167
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 71 63 64 44
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 69 61 66 164
DILTIAZEM ER 68 56 67 121
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 67 40 R 68 61
PREDNISONE 67 40 68 37
KLOR-CON 10 67 45 68 134
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 0 S2 71 87
LOVASTATIN 65 57 71 58
FENOFIBRATE 65 42 71 59
SPIRONOLACTONE 64 60 74 64
LEVOFLOXACIN 64 47 74 90
CILOSTAZOL 62 56 76 287
IBUPROFEN 60 33 77 114
MOMETASONE FUROATE 59 47 78 293
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 53 79 131
RANITIDINE HCL 57 36 79 25
FLUCONAZOLE 57 19 79 165
GLYBURIDE 57 57 R 79 106
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 56 29 83 351
CLONIDINE HCL 54 37 84 50
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 47 R 85 183
LIPITOR 51 50 86 75
TRAZODONE HCL 51 14 86 51
CEPHALEXIN 50 36 88 150
ATENOLOL 50 41 88 22
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 April 25, 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.