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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,299Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 625

$1.82M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 625

668 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

5% of this provider’s 668 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 668 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 11,463 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$119 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
OMEPRAZOLE 477 398 1 6
LISINOPRIL 458 335 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 436 351 3 7
ATENOLOL 382 319 4 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 377 293 5 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 370 254 S3 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 340 283 7 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 333 272 8 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 308 267 9 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 284 262 10 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 282 230 11 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 273 249 12 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 265 223 13 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 254 207 14 12
METFORMIN HCL 237 193 15 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 215 215 16 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 200 159 17 19
SERTRALINE HCL 191 165 18 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL 191 160 18 80
NEXIUM 174 124 20 21
PREDNISONE 170 104 21 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 167 149 22 9
ATRIPLA 152 15 23 249
FLUOXETINE HCL 148 135 24 62
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 138 25 38
MIRTAZAPINE 127 118 26 69
NORVIR 125 12 27 249
RANITIDINE HCL 121 101 28 25
GABAPENTIN 120 104 29 14
CLONIDINE HCL 119 71 30 50
KLOR-CON M20 117 86 31 47
CYMBALTA 117 104 31 46
ALLOPURINOL 115 100 33 29
GLIPIZIDE 114 66 34 56
TRAMADOL HCL 112 96 35 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 109 80 36 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 101 37 36
FAMOTIDINE 107 49 38 73
CARVEDILOL 104 100 39 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 102 92 40 53
ISENTRESS 102 11 40 300
DIGOXIN 95 83 42 55
TRUVADA 93 23 43 263
DIOVAN 93 79 43 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 92 92 45 49
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 83 46 27
KALETRA 89 0 47 308
PAROXETINE HCL 88 81 48 76
LOVASTATIN 87 75 49 58
CRESTOR 85 59 50 17
GLYBURIDE 84 68 R 51 106
PREZISTA 81 13 52 311
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 81 70 R 52 61
PROAIR HFA 79 36 54 57
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 75 55 34
SPIRONOLACTONE 75 61 55 64
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 71 61 57 82
PROPRANOLOL HCL 71 59 57 147
VENTOLIN HFA 69 36 59 93
LAMIVUDINE-ZIDOVUDINE 68 0 60 326
KLOR-CON M10 68 53 60 137
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 66 42 62 185
EVISTA 66 66 62 130
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 63 51 64 122
SUSTIVA 63 0 64 336
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 63 40 64 168
JANUVIA 62 43 67 74
NAMENDA 60 60 68 45
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 59 22 69 116
CITALOPRAM HBR 59 57 69 24
FLUCONAZOLE 56 31 71 165
SPIRIVA 55 39 72 70
SYNTHROID 54 51 73 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 53 73 60
ACTOS 54 51 73 102
COMBIVENT 53 30 76 126
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 45 77 131
SYMBICORT 52 38 77 123
GEMFIBROZIL 52 32 77 127
AGGRENOX 51 51 80 189
NADOLOL 50 39 81 220
LACTULOSE 50 48 81 148
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 May 14, 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.