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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,531Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 625

$704K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 91 out of 625

570 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

4% of this provider’s 570 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 570 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 12,398 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 806 687 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 643 531 2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 528 408 3 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 492 374 S3 4 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 489 364 5 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 488 411 6 3
LISINOPRIL 384 317 7 5
RANITIDINE HCL 380 308 8 25
OMEPRAZOLE 350 265 9 6
FUROSEMIDE 330 260 10 7
METFORMIN HCL 263 224 11 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 247 165 12 13
ALLOPURINOL 236 205 13 29
CRESTOR 218 192 14 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 213 172 15 49
CITALOPRAM HBR 212 153 16 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 175 17 12
BENAZEPRIL HCL 205 182 18 35
METFORMIN HCL ER 192 153 19 41
MELOXICAM 190 156 20 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 179 148 21 15
CLOPIDOGREL 170 135 22 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 167 140 23 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 159 142 24 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 158 140 25 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 155 135 26 8
GABAPENTIN 148 113 27 14
TRAMADOL HCL 147 135 28 16
NIASPAN 138 100 29 101
GLIMEPIRIDE 137 109 30 42
LEVOXYL 132 121 31 190
MIRTAZAPINE 132 83 31 69
TAMSULOSIN HCL 129 108 33 36
NAMENDA 122 122 34 45
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 115 87 35 48
PLAVIX 109 87 36 43
CYMBALTA 104 68 37 46
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 100 56 38 34
QUINAPRIL HCL 95 91 39 136
JANUVIA 95 67 39 74
TORSEMIDE 91 71 41 99
PREDNISONE 87 73 42 37
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 83 79 43 53
DIOVAN 83 70 43 28
NEXIUM 80 48 45 21
LYRICA 80 80 45 71
GLIPIZIDE 76 68 47 56
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 50 48 67
SYNTHROID 75 56 48 39
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 63 48 38
TRAZODONE HCL 74 52 51 51
HYDRALAZINE HCL 74 50 51 80
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 73 58 53 106
DIGOXIN 73 68 53 55
AZITHROMYCIN 73 59 53 40
LEVOFLOXACIN 72 50 56 90
ULORIC 68 50 57 231
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 67 31 58 119
DONEPEZIL HCL 62 62 59 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 58 41 R 60 65
PROAIR HFA 58 51 60 57
KLOR-CON M20 57 38 62 47
LIPITOR 56 38 63 75
DILTIAZEM ER 54 41 64 121
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 54 51 64 122
LANTUS 53 39 66 54
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 45 67 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 25 68 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 40 69 62
SPIRIVA 50 44 69 70
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 May 13, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.