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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,424Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 625

$966K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 625

605 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

9% of this provider’s 605 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 605 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 12,900 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$59 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 984 706 S3 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 573 462 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 568 402 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 495 410 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 491 401 5 7
LISINOPRIL 447 390 6 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 357 274 7 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 317 262 8 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 299 237 9 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 290 228 10 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 269 232 11 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 249 167 12 9
METFORMIN HCL 240 188 13 10
SERTRALINE HCL 239 216 14 26
GABAPENTIN 230 190 15 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 227 220 16 12
CARVEDILOL 216 181 17 23
TRAMADOL HCL 211 180 18 16
ALLOPURINOL 195 173 19 29
AZITHROMYCIN 191 141 20 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 180 103 21 44
WARFARIN SODIUM 180 152 21 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 179 172 23 15
NEXIUM 176 138 24 21
DIGOXIN 173 173 25 55
RANITIDINE HCL 160 109 26 25
LOVASTATIN 159 98 27 58
ATENOLOL 150 144 28 22
CLOPIDOGREL 137 118 29 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 123 109 30 24
PLAVIX 116 85 31 43
PREDNISONE 116 101 31 37
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 113 91 33 164
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 90 34 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 106 92 34 48
RISPERIDONE 95 51 36 92
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 94 84 R 37 61
CELEBREX 92 78 38 72
MIRTAZAPINE 92 75 38 69
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 91 37 R 40 65
DONEPEZIL HCL 89 89 41 33
CRESTOR 86 86 42 17
QUINAPRIL HCL 83 51 43 136
SPIRIVA 83 49 43 70
FLUOXETINE HCL 82 31 45 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 57 46 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 79 71 47 60
TORSEMIDE 77 50 48 99
OXYCODONE HCL 76 40 S2 49 79
NAMENDA 75 75 50 45
PREMARIN 75 72 R 50 105
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 75 48 50 91
MELOXICAM 73 63 53 31
SYNTHROID 66 66 54 39
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 61 55 38
DIOVAN 62 57 56 28
LIPITOR 61 41 57 75
GLIPIZIDE 61 55 57 56
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 60 51 59 18
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 57 0 R 60 192
CYMBALTA 57 38 60 46
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 54 60 85
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 39 S2 60 95
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 44 64 34
GLIPIZIDE ER 55 51 65 68
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 26 66 177
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 0 66 119
MECLIZINE HCL 54 49 66 113
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 53 69 77
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 52 70 131
TRAZODONE HCL 52 32 70 51
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 38 70 86
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 25 R 73 84
GLIPIZIDE XL 51 51 73 83
DILTIAZEM ER 50 50 75 121
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 Feb. 9, 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.