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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,517Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 206 out of 625

$449K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 216 out of 625

377 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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 377 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 377 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 6,225 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

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 409 351 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 346 313 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 323 278 3 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 289 231 S3 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 238 220 5 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 211 191 6 24
LISINOPRIL 189 136 7 5
RANITIDINE HCL 157 109 8 25
GABAPENTIN 142 97 9 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 103 10 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 125 118 11 11
CYMBALTA 115 81 12 46
CRESTOR 115 96 12 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 108 94 14 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 103 73 15 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 84 16 27
METFORMIN HCL 98 85 16 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 95 91 18 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87 66 19 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 84 67 20 8
FUROSEMIDE 76 72 21 7
NEXIUM 67 49 22 21
NAMENDA 64 64 23 45
DIOVAN 59 58 24 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 40 25 13
SERTRALINE HCL 56 45 25 26
TRAZODONE HCL 55 45 27 51
LOVASTATIN 55 49 27 58
TRAMADOL HCL 54 35 29 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 46 30 34
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 51 36 30 141
AZITHROMYCIN 50 45 32 40
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 Sept. 9, 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.