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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,563Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 625

$913K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 625

579 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

3% of this provider’s 579 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 579 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 17,423 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% 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

36 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,023 944 1 20
FUROSEMIDE 793 701 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 748 644 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 735 641 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 673 540 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 577 464 6 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 547 495 7 19
LISINOPRIL 460 382 8 5
GABAPENTIN 402 351 9 14
TRAMADOL HCL 382 302 10 16
VENLAFAXINE HCL 370 329 10 11 195
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 344 319 S3 12 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 307 246 13 11
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 301 272 14 160
NAMENDA 295 295 15 45
DONEPEZIL HCL 286 286 16 33
SERTRALINE HCL 274 260 17 26
METFORMIN HCL 260 216 18 10
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 258 231 19 116
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 256 220 20 91
CARVEDILOL 236 187 21 23
RISPERIDONE 229 181 22 92
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 227 172 23 9
MIRTAZAPINE 224 209 24 69
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 198 166 25 60
RANITIDINE HCL 196 143 26 25
LANTUS 191 183 27 54
GLIPIZIDE 191 125 27 56
CLOPIDOGREL 190 171 29 30
DIGOXIN 183 182 30 55
SUCRALFATE 182 146 31 186
AZITHROMYCIN 175 141 32 40
NEXIUM 167 130 33 21
PLAVIX 160 142 34 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 139 128 35 44
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 137 105 36 67
NOVOLIN R 133 117 37 223
KLOR-CON M10 129 115 38 137
CLONIDINE HCL 128 88 39 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 126 84 40 13
CRESTOR 125 92 41 17
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 122 98 42 135
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 118 116 43 131
TAMSULOSIN HCL 112 101 44 36
DILTIAZEM HCL 108 108 45 205
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108 104 45 15
BENAZEPRIL HCL 106 97 47 35
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 106 45 47 86
CEPHALEXIN 104 92 49 150
MELOXICAM 103 74 50 31
HYDROXYZINE HCL 103 73 R 50 176
PREDNISONE 103 89 50 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 99 95 53 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 83 54 12
KLOR-CON M20 94 65 55 47
GLIPIZIDE ER 93 69 56 68
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 91 87 57 82
MECLIZINE HCL 87 82 58 113
PAROXETINE HCL 86 66 59 76
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 84 73 60 119
PROMETHAZINE HCL 80 55 R 61 84
DILTIAZEM ER 80 80 61 121
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 77 68 63 229
LEVETIRACETAM 77 55 63 98
PROAIR HFA 75 57 65 57
CAPTOPRIL 73 61 66 251
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 72 63 67 122
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 72 56 67 48
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72 72 R 67 61
DIOVAN 71 61 70 28
HYDRALAZINE HCL 69 50 71 80
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 64 71 27
ATENOLOL 68 67 73 22
ZETIA 67 55 74 66
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 51 75 194
AMOXICILLIN 62 53 76 132
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 57 77 32
ALLOPURINOL 59 34 78 29
TRAZODONE HCL 57 48 79 51
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 49 79 85
GLIPIZIDE XL 57 57 79 83
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 42 82 77
NOVOLIN N 54 53 82 297
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 54 40 82 108
NITROFURANTOIN 54 50 82 212
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 52 46 86 120
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 51 86 133
SPIRIVA 50 36 88 70
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. 22, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.