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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,472Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 208 out of 625

$392K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 268 out of 625

503 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%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

12% of this provider’s 503 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 503 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 6,805 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 304 285 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 302 275 S3 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 264 250 3 1
LISINOPRIL 243 218 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 234 218 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 230 219 6 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 197 166 7 8
FUROSEMIDE 184 158 8 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 172 146 9 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 157 156 10 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 138 11 12
ATENOLOL 136 120 12 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 135 133 13 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 115 115 14 18
MIRTAZAPINE 110 110 15 69
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 95 76 16 13
METFORMIN HCL 93 85 17 10
GLIPIZIDE ER 84 84 18 68
GLIPIZIDE 81 81 19 56
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 79 70 20 44
MELOXICAM 71 63 21 31
GABAPENTIN 70 65 22 14
CLONIDINE HCL 67 63 23 50
NEXIUM 63 63 24 21
DIGOXIN 62 62 25 55
PREDNISONE 62 53 25 37
QUINAPRIL HCL 61 61 27 136
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 53 S2 28 95
TRAMADOL HCL 58 55 28 16
JANTOVEN 57 57 30 140
SERTRALINE HCL 57 52 30 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 51 32 32
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 35 33 111
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 51 51 33 49
NIASPAN 50 47 35 101
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 27, 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.