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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,306Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 248 out of 625

$522K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 171 out of 625

476 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
24% 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

5% of this provider’s 476 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 476 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,464 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

$83 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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
SIMVASTATIN 295 282 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 241 215 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 196 181 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 190 179 4 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 185 166 5 13
LISINOPRIL 181 159 6 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 143 137 7 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 117 87 8 24
METFORMIN HCL 114 89 9 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 102 10 12
GABAPENTIN 87 51 11 14
BENAZEPRIL HCL 85 79 12 35
TRAMADOL HCL 83 40 13 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 80 77 14 32
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 73 S3 15 4
DIOVAN 75 71 16 28
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 73 63 17 108
BYSTOLIC 71 66 18 97
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 67 66 19 15
CLONIDINE HCL 67 38 19 50
LIPITOR 67 56 19 75
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 66 22 53
DIOVAN HCT 64 52 23 52
FUROSEMIDE 64 61 23 7
SYNTHROID 62 57 25 39
CRESTOR 61 52 26 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 61 56 26 19
SERTRALINE HCL 59 55 28 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 59 48 28 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 56 52 30 8
ATENOLOL 55 54 31 22
SPIRIVA 52 38 32 70
FENOFIBRATE 50 49 33 59
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 Jan. 5, 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.