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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,117Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 67 out of 625

$570K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 150 out of 625

487 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

6% 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

17% 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

2% of this provider’s 11,250 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$43 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
FUROSEMIDE 482 422 1 7
RANITIDINE HCL 467 354 2 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 458 433 3 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 410 359 4 3
METFORMIN HCL 343 282 5 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 333 283 6 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 301 256 7 1
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 298 277 8 82
LISINOPRIL 297 259 9 5
OMEPRAZOLE 262 227 10 6
BENAZEPRIL HCL 222 187 11 35
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 205 186 S3 12 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 197 147 13 8
TRAMADOL HCL 189 178 14 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 184 170 15 13
GABAPENTIN 179 164 16 14
SIMVASTATIN 179 142 16 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 175 156 18 19
CARVEDILOL 157 134 19 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 156 152 20 49
RISPERIDONE 153 121 21 92
WARFARIN SODIUM 144 136 22 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 138 133 23 15
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 135 120 24 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 131 127 25 34
CLOPIDOGREL 129 120 26 30
CRESTOR 113 103 27 17
LANTUS 113 112 27 54
CLONIDINE HCL 110 105 29 50
DIOVAN HCT 108 85 30 52
PAROXETINE HCL 107 103 31 76
ALLOPURINOL 104 85 32 29
COLCRYS 99 96 33 117
FENTANYL 96 84 S2 34 110
LEVETIRACETAM 96 72 34 98
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 95 36 33
KLOR-CON M20 94 89 37 47
DIGOXIN 93 86 38 55
SINGLE USE SWAB 92 92 39 197
LOVASTATIN 89 78 40 58
CITALOPRAM HBR 88 73 41 24
VERAPAMIL ER 85 57 42 103
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 78 43 9
PREDNISONE 80 74 44 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 79 77 45 36
NEXIUM 78 68 46 21
PLAVIX 77 70 47 43
LACTULOSE 70 43 48 148
TRAZODONE HCL 70 63 48 51
SERTRALINE HCL 65 46 50 26
NITROFURANTOIN 64 52 51 212
LEXAPRO 64 60 51 196
MIRTAZAPINE 63 56 53 69
INSULIN SYRINGE 63 62 53 77
NAMENDA 61 61 55 45
ATENOLOL 61 59 55 22
CAPTOPRIL 61 61 55 251
DIOVAN 61 58 55 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 41 59 27
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 44 60 81
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 34 61 63
ABILIFY 50 35 61 242
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 June 18, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.