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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,576Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 625

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 625

834 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
16% 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

5% of this provider’s 834 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 834 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 15,081 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

$63 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 626 515 S3 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 575 527 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 541 506 3 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 459 444 4 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 410 377 5 9
CRESTOR 395 370 6 17
OMEPRAZOLE 377 348 7 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 376 355 8 1
FUROSEMIDE 341 314 9 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 325 309 10 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 297 268 11 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 287 268 12 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 252 248 13 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 200 177 14 13
SERTRALINE HCL 198 161 15 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 194 178 16 19
METFORMIN HCL ER 191 165 17 41
ALLOPURINOL 164 148 18 29
ZETIA 163 140 19 66
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 160 136 20 120
LISINOPRIL 160 123 20 5
CARVEDILOL 156 148 22 23
GLIPIZIDE ER 155 152 23 68
INDAPAMIDE 155 154 23 158
AZITHROMYCIN 148 118 25 40
CITALOPRAM HBR 140 124 26 24
NEXIUM 138 111 27 21
DILTIAZEM ER 138 127 27 121
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 135 119 29 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 133 119 30 42
METFORMIN HCL 132 103 31 10
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 128 116 32 53
FENOFIBRATE 121 120 33 59
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 117 34 36
NIASPAN 117 107 35 101
BENAZEPRIL HCL 113 101 36 35
TORSEMIDE 111 108 37 99
CLOPIDOGREL 102 84 38 30
GABAPENTIN 101 97 39 14
ROPINIROLE HCL 98 98 40 96
JANUVIA 97 96 41 74
CEPHALEXIN 96 79 42 150
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 95 95 43 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 92 92 44 33
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 89 87 45 144
LEVOFLOXACIN 86 73 46 90
PLAVIX 85 72 47 43
GUANFACINE HCL 85 85 R 47 257
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 80 47 27
DIGOXIN 84 81 50 55
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 74 51 80
ATENOLOL 83 71 51 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 82 66 53 44
CELEBREX 82 77 53 72
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 81 76 55 32
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 80 70 56 86
PROPRANOLOL HCL 79 68 57 147
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 79 72 57 67
CYMBALTA 78 73 59 46
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 76 73 60 60
LOVASTATIN 76 74 60 58
NAMENDA 72 72 62 45
ACEBUTOLOL HCL 69 65 63 324
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 54 64 12
RAMIPRIL 66 50 65 78
JANUMET 65 65 66 163
TRAZODONE HCL 62 62 67 51
GLIPIZIDE XL 61 54 68 83
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 60 55 69 122
ESTRADIOL 60 47 R 69 128
KLOR-CON 10 60 58 69 134
FINASTERIDE 59 59 72 139
VERAPAMIL ER 59 57 72 103
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 57 57 74 108
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 57 55 74 91
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 57 74 131
KLOR-CON M10 57 57 74 137
PRADAXA 57 57 74 284
KLOR-CON M20 57 57 74 47
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 54 80 62
TRAMADOL HCL 54 45 80 16
EVISTA 54 54 80 130
TERAZOSIN HCL 53 53 83 149
LOVAZA 53 53 83 153
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 50 85 146
PEN NEEDLE 51 45 85 100
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 Nov. 3, 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.