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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,200Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 625

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 625

764 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 764 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,551 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,906 1,376 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,402 820 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 1,137 764 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 815 480 4 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 731 465 5 12
FUROSEMIDE 691 490 6 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 593 451 7 8
FAMOTIDINE 452 292 8 73
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 449 320 9 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 376 208 10 9
GLIPIZIDE XL 362 280 11 83
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 349 235 12 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 321 231 13 19
CARVEDILOL 307 219 14 23
CHLORTHALIDONE 270 163 15 109
SPIRONOLACTONE 245 160 16 64
RANITIDINE HCL 244 140 17 25
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 243 180 18 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 232 175 19 15
COMBIVENT 230 82 20 126
ALLOPURINOL 227 179 21 29
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 223 168 22 85
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 220 168 23 18
BENAZEPRIL HCL 212 119 24 35
GLIPIZIDE ER 197 149 25 68
LANTUS 191 71 26 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 178 116 27 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 164 69 28 63
DIGOXIN 155 86 29 55
CRESTOR 148 85 30 17
ATENOLOL 148 123 30 22
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 147 58 32 119
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 146 106 33 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 143 131 34 20
TRAMADOL HCL 130 37 35 16
DIOVAN 127 76 36 28
CLOPIDOGREL 125 73 37 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 102 38 38
PROAIR HFA 118 40 39 57
NEXIUM 117 40 40 21
GABAPENTIN 117 62 40 14
CLONIDINE HCL 115 89 42 50
LYRICA 114 46 43 71
OMEPRAZOLE 113 60 44 6
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 109 81 45 151
NAPROXEN 106 22 46 104
KLOR-CON M20 102 56 47 47
GLIPIZIDE 100 70 48 56
SERTRALINE HCL 92 56 49 26
PLAVIX 91 43 50 43
JANUVIA 91 62 50 74
NIFEDIPINE ER 88 63 52 111
INSULIN SYRINGE 86 55 53 77
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 83 60 54 48
DIOVAN HCT 82 69 55 52
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 38 S3 55 4
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 79 48 57 142
NOVOLOG 69 16 58 112
IBUPROFEN 68 35 59 114
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 29 59 32
VENTOLIN HFA 67 26 61 93
NOVOFINE 65 41 62 330
RISPERIDONE 63 46 63 92
SYMBICORT 62 0 64 123
COLCRYS 62 54 64 117
LIPITOR 61 44 66 75
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 61 40 66 88
PEN NEEDLE 61 50 66 100
LEVETIRACETAM 61 20 66 98
QUINAPRIL HCL 57 50 70 136
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 54 27 71 122
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 11 72 62
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 52 25 72 187
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 50 34 R 74 125
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 4, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.