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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,789Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 625

$945K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 625

856 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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 856 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 856 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 13,507 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

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 628 521 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 576 483 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 539 461 3 1
METFORMIN HCL 481 370 4 10
OMEPRAZOLE 424 356 5 6
LISINOPRIL 402 335 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 373 304 7 11
TRAMADOL HCL 357 297 8 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 351 265 9 8
FUROSEMIDE 333 298 10 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 324 256 S3 11 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 248 205 12 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 243 212 13 9
MELOXICAM 231 189 14 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 124 15 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 194 185 16 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 193 171 17 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 192 147 18 49
ALLOPURINOL 191 150 19 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 187 134 20 34
DONEPEZIL HCL 173 150 21 33
RANITIDINE HCL 170 135 22 25
KLOR-CON M10 167 163 23 137
NEXIUM 160 116 24 21
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 156 118 R 25 61
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 153 130 26 15
GABAPENTIN 142 119 27 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 138 134 28 20
CLOPIDOGREL 135 108 29 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 134 109 30 24
CARVEDILOL 133 94 31 23
GLIPIZIDE 127 98 32 56
TRAZODONE HCL 127 99 32 51
PREDNISONE 125 90 34 37
AZITHROMYCIN 120 106 35 40
SYNTHROID 120 111 35 39
DIOVAN 119 102 37 28
DIOVAN HCT 118 114 38 52
ATENOLOL 114 80 39 22
SERTRALINE HCL 114 106 39 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 112 59 41 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 80 42 36
CRESTOR 102 98 43 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 101 33 44 82
LORAZEPAM 99 85 45 171
ADVAIR DISKUS 99 68 45 63
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 99 85 45 88
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 97 71 48 48
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 96 77 49 53
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 88 49 27
CEFUROXIME 94 78 51 161
CYMBALTA 94 78 51 46
MECLIZINE HCL 91 69 53 113
LIPITOR 91 80 53 75
PLAVIX 87 71 55 43
BENAZEPRIL HCL 87 57 55 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 86 80 57 60
FAMOTIDINE 85 73 58 73
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 81 65 59 122
INSULIN SYRINGE 79 56 60 77
DIGOXIN 78 69 61 55
PAROXETINE HCL 74 68 62 76
COLCRYS 74 48 62 117
LANTUS 69 64 64 54
CLONIDINE HCL 69 45 64 50
PROAIR HFA 67 57 66 57
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 37 67 62
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 64 68 44
BUSPIRONE HCL 63 61 69 182
BENICAR 62 47 70 143
METHOCARBAMOL 61 47 R 71 254
GLIMEPIRIDE 60 43 72 42
KLOR-CON M20 60 59 72 47
SPIRIVA 59 54 74 70
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 35 75 86
GLYBURIDE 57 57 R 76 106
DILTIAZEM ER 55 55 77 121
ZETIA 54 46 78 66
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 49 79 64
PEN NEEDLE 53 37 79 100
LEVETIRACETAM 52 34 81 98
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 52 45 81 268
FINASTERIDE 52 40 81 139
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 51 45 84 81
NAMENDA 50 50 85 45
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 Feb. 24, 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.