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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,864Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 70 out of 625

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 625

716 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

3% of this provider’s 716 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 716 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 9,249 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$86 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 558 383 S3 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 488 378 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 381 305 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 354 193 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 353 278 5 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 309 200 6 13
GABAPENTIN 302 199 7 14
LISINOPRIL 282 213 8 5
FUROSEMIDE 240 197 9 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 233 167 10 9
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 222 147 11 60
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 213 184 12 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 192 135 13 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 109 14 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 168 109 15 8
CYMBALTA 155 98 16 46
METFORMIN HCL 148 76 17 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 146 142 18 33
TRAMADOL HCL 146 101 18 16
CLOPIDOGREL 144 121 20 30
CARVEDILOL 132 116 21 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 123 98 22 24
PREDNISONE 122 77 23 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 112 99 24 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 111 101 25 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 110 97 26 15
PROAIR HFA 104 64 27 57
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 102 89 28 53
HYDRALAZINE HCL 101 96 29 80
FLUOXETINE HCL 98 66 30 62
WARFARIN SODIUM 98 76 30 20
NEXIUM 95 53 32 21
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 94 63 33 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 93 78 34 48
PLAVIX 91 78 35 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 62 36 12
ALLOPURINOL 85 81 37 29
SERTRALINE HCL 81 57 38 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81 42 38 44
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 67 40 38
INSULIN SYRINGE 78 52 41 77
MELOXICAM 78 41 41 31
SINGULAIR 77 46 43 94
DIGOXIN 74 71 44 55
KLOR-CON M20 73 50 45 47
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 44 45 32
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 71 59 R 47 125
RANITIDINE HCL 69 48 48 25
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 68 41 49 168
ATENOLOL 68 62 49 22
CELEBREX 64 53 51 72
AGGRENOX 64 62 51 189
LYRICA 60 39 53 71
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 40 53 64
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 59 47 55 85
LANTUS 56 32 56 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 44 56 90
FINASTERIDE 55 52 58 139
JANUVIA 52 36 59 74
SEROQUEL XR 52 34 59 288
NAMENDA 51 51 61 45
VERAPAMIL ER 50 33 62 103
DILTIAZEM ER 50 48 62 121
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 Aug. 21, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.