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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,145Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 57 out of 625

$964K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 625

487 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 487 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 487 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 8,742 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

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 494 318 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 489 285 S3 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 474 319 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 373 246 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 336 223 5 2
LISINOPRIL 313 207 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 279 187 7 11
RANITIDINE HCL 234 133 8 25
LANTUS 224 118 9 54
WARFARIN SODIUM 222 158 10 20
NEXIUM 220 118 11 21
OMEPRAZOLE 219 171 12 6
METFORMIN HCL 218 146 13 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 204 110 14 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 190 178 15 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 87 16 12
CLONIDINE HCL 169 93 17 50
CRESTOR 163 71 18 17
GABAPENTIN 151 99 19 14
MIRTAZAPINE 144 110 20 69
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 139 51 21 13
TRAMADOL HCL 135 105 22 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 130 83 23 82
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 129 81 24 44
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 128 73 25 60
DONEPEZIL HCL 128 116 25 33
NOVOLOG 127 83 27 112
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 51 28 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 120 77 29 48
CLOPIDOGREL 120 92 29 30
PROMETHAZINE HCL 116 69 R 31 84
KLOR-CON M20 108 64 32 47
BENAZEPRIL HCL 103 48 33 35
CYMBALTA 99 33 34 46
IBUPROFEN 95 25 35 114
NIFEDIPINE ER 93 64 36 111
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 90 80 37 106
ALLOPURINOL 87 66 38 29
PLAVIX 87 70 38 43
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 85 54 40 19
LEVETIRACETAM 80 39 41 98
ATENOLOL 77 33 42 22
VENTOLIN HFA 76 33 43 93
OXYCODONE HCL 76 32 S2 43 79
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 46 45 15
GLIMEPIRIDE 73 63 46 42
HYDRALAZINE HCL 70 48 47 80
SERTRALINE HCL 70 44 47 26
TRAZODONE HCL 69 54 49 51
NAMENDA 67 55 50 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 60 51 36
CARVEDILOL 65 53 52 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 39 52 8
SPIRIVA 64 28 54 70
RISPERIDONE 64 43 54 92
LYRICA 64 31 54 71
FAMOTIDINE 62 46 57 73
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 19 R 58 65
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 60 56 59 160
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 60 16 S2 59 236
SINGULAIR 60 21 59 94
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 47 59 119
JANUVIA 59 52 63 74
PREDNISONE 56 30 64 37
HYDROXYZINE HCL 55 38 R 65 176
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 29 65 85
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 41 65 67
OLANZAPINE 53 39 68 198
DIOVAN 53 33 68 28
AZITHROMYCIN 53 32 68 40
SEROQUEL 52 45 71 173
PROAIR HFA 52 0 71 57
NOVOLIN 70-30 52 42 71 154
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51 38 74 18
DIOVAN HCT 50 32 75 52
TOPIRAMATE 50 20 75 243
PEN NEEDLE 50 28 75 100
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 Feb. 5, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.