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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,954Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 625

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 625

653 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

6% of this provider’s 653 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 653 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 11,340 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 791 600 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 570 473 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 531 340 S3 3 4
LISINOPRIL 530 370 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 426 288 5 7
OMEPRAZOLE 394 290 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 318 216 7 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 305 207 8 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 288 235 9 1
GABAPENTIN 278 190 10 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 264 220 11 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 249 184 12 11
NEXIUM 234 115 13 21
CYMBALTA 188 48 14 46
TRAMADOL HCL 182 117 15 16
SERTRALINE HCL 181 140 16 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 178 143 17 12
RANITIDINE HCL 165 101 18 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 163 104 19 20
AZITHROMYCIN 160 95 20 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 151 149 21 33
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 147 100 22 67
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 139 116 23 19
LYRICA 139 39 23 71
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 133 94 25 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 133 120 25 15
ATENOLOL 127 119 27 22
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 122 72 R 28 61
CELEBREX 121 81 29 72
CLOPIDOGREL 121 102 29 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 117 100 31 34
MELOXICAM 114 74 32 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 113 83 33 24
SYNTHROID 110 108 34 39
NAMENDA 107 107 35 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 107 79 35 32
GLIPIZIDE XL 106 66 37 83
GLIPIZIDE ER 106 74 37 68
CARVEDILOL 106 81 37 23
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 48 40 63
METFORMIN HCL ER 102 82 41 41
PLAVIX 97 85 42 43
PROAIR HFA 96 56 43 57
LEVOFLOXACIN 96 67 43 90
SPIRIVA 93 66 45 70
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 69 45 27
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 69 47 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 91 82 48 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 89 74 49 18
KLOR-CON M20 89 51 49 47
CRESTOR 85 62 51 17
LOVASTATIN 84 53 52 58
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 81 77 53 48
PREDNISONE 81 58 53 37
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 80 54 55 135
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 78 64 56 44
DIOVAN 76 63 57 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 72 29 58 62
ESTRADIOL 71 34 R 59 128
LANTUS 69 23 60 54
GLIPIZIDE 66 61 61 56
CLONIDINE HCL 64 43 62 50
ALLOPURINOL 62 56 63 29
COMBIVENT 59 37 64 126
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 40 65 81
JANUVIA 58 49 65 74
DIGOXIN 57 49 67 55
EXELON 57 57 67 129
LANSOPRAZOLE 56 47 69 159
TRAZODONE HCL 53 43 70 51
RAMIPRIL 53 52 70 78
LEXAPRO 52 44 72 196
VENTOLIN HFA 52 26 72 93
SYMBICORT 51 24 74 123
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 50 75 35
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 Dec. 5, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.