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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,928Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 225 out of 625

$560K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 157 out of 625

430 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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
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this specialty
in South Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 430 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 430 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 5,844 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$81 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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 306 214 S3 1 4
SYNTHROID 300 285 2 39
SIMVASTATIN 268 247 3 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 160 114 4 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 157 127 5 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 157 140 5 3
LISINOPRIL 146 142 7 5
OMEPRAZOLE 121 103 8 6
NEXIUM 118 90 9 21
TRAMADOL HCL 107 104 10 16
CELEBREX 107 103 10 72
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 93 12 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 98 98 13 15
FUROSEMIDE 93 79 14 7
CRESTOR 89 72 15 17
CYMBALTA 84 60 16 46
SERTRALINE HCL 84 72 16 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 79 71 18 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 79 70 18 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 77 69 20 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 73 69 21 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 50 22 44
METFORMIN HCL 67 55 22 10
NAMENDA 66 66 24 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 63 25 12
AZITHROMYCIN 64 57 26 40
ATENOLOL 61 60 27 22
CLOPIDOGREL 60 58 28 30
DIOVAN HCT 58 53 29 52
PREMARIN 57 52 R 30 105
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 56 53 31 11
BUPROPION XL 55 40 32 180
DIOVAN 55 47 32 28
METHOTREXATE 55 40 32 251
GABAPENTIN 54 42 35 14
KLOR-CON M20 53 35 36 47
PLAVIX 52 47 37 43
VERAPAMIL ER 51 46 38 103
CARVEDILOL 51 50 38 23
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 51 31 38 256
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 July 26, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.