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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,842Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 625

$1.47M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 625

501 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

37% of this provider’s 501 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 501 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 9,866 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$82 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
CARVEDILOL 652 374 1 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 617 367 S3 2 4
CRESTOR 584 385 3 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 439 266 4 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 399 260 5 8
OMEPRAZOLE 350 188 6 6
BENAZEPRIL HCL 346 219 7 35
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 346 117 S2 7 87
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 327 128 9 108
DIOVAN 322 197 10 28
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 299 151 S2 11 95
FENTANYL 292 135 S2 12 110
NEXIUM 272 145 13 21
GABAPENTIN 269 146 14 14
FUROSEMIDE 269 192 14 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 266 110 16 13
DEXILANT 261 124 17 155
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 260 186 18 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 239 135 19 9
DIOVAN HCT 225 165 20 52
LYRICA 201 71 21 71
OXYCODONE HCL 186 68 S2 22 79
TRAMADOL HCL 186 106 22 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 180 113 24 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 176 103 25 36
SPIRIVA 173 76 26 70
ENDOCET 171 53 S2 27 124
WARFARIN SODIUM 160 103 28 20
CYMBALTA 159 35 29 46
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 94 30 12
METFORMIN HCL 153 75 31 10
CELEBREX 145 94 32 72
ZETIA 143 80 33 66
OXYCONTIN 141 38 S2 34 174
ADVAIR DISKUS 141 54 34 63
SIMVASTATIN 137 101 36 2
RANITIDINE HCL 132 79 37 25
TRAZODONE HCL 131 28 38 51
CLOPIDOGREL 127 87 39 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 127 85 39 48
JANUMET 126 69 41 163
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 122 24 R 42 65
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 122 51 42 32
EXFORGE 121 46 44 152
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 121 50 44 86
DOXEPIN HCL 119 48 46 201
CHLORTHALIDONE 111 67 47 109
MELOXICAM 108 67 48 31
VYTORIN 104 75 49 170
LANTUS 100 70 50 54
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 30 51 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 98 53 51 19
PLAVIX 95 71 53 43
EVISTA 94 75 54 130
MICARDIS HCT 90 53 55 306
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 89 77 56 15
NASONEX 87 29 57 220
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 86 49 58 135
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 84 41 59 208
ACTOS 81 41 60 102
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 81 47 60 11
ALLOPURINOL 79 60 62 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 78 53 63 49
ACTOPLUS MET 76 49 64 269
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 73 43 65 18
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 73 17 S2 65 145
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 0 67 64
PEN NEEDLE 68 39 68 100
NITROSTAT 68 54 68 202
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 34 70 44
MISOPROSTOL 66 30 70 327
CEFDINIR 65 39 72 225
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 36 73 82
SEROQUEL XR 62 16 74 288
PREMARIN 62 18 R 74 105
PROMETHAZINE HCL 61 33 R 76 84
BYSTOLIC 61 52 76 97
NATEGLINIDE 59 37 78 233
PAROXETINE HCL 59 24 78 76
ATENOLOL 59 54 78 22
VENTOLIN HFA 56 20 81 93
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 32 81 116
LOVAZA 54 25 83 153
KLOR-CON M20 54 38 83 47
AMITIZA 54 21 83 359
VESICARE 54 35 83 193
TIZANIDINE HCL 53 15 87 115
JALYN 52 16 88 365
METFORMIN HCL ER 52 23 88 41
SERTRALINE HCL 51 32 90 26
LEVETIRACETAM 51 27 90 98
LIPITOR 51 23 90 75
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 16, 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.