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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,771Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 625

$1.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 625

524 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

8% of this provider’s 524 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 524 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 9,701 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

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 697 476 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 652 442 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 554 212 S3 3 4
METFORMIN HCL 553 304 4 10
OMEPRAZOLE 483 234 5 6
LISINOPRIL 473 257 6 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 465 316 7 3
GABAPENTIN 409 176 8 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 370 187 9 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 354 208 10 9
TRAMADOL HCL 353 238 11 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 312 201 12 11
CRESTOR 310 144 13 17
FUROSEMIDE 252 139 14 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 245 171 15 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 240 176 16 15
NEXIUM 234 99 17 21
PROAIR HFA 233 95 18 57
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 202 114 19 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 194 127 20 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 193 125 21 36
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 192 87 22 27
CLOPIDOGREL 186 113 23 30
RANITIDINE HCL 185 92 24 25
SPIRIVA 185 120 24 70
SERTRALINE HCL 183 41 26 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 179 70 27 32
JANUVIA 164 100 28 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 151 113 29 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 149 63 30 63
FLUOXETINE HCL 149 73 30 62
ATENOLOL 148 90 32 22
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 138 61 33 85
CYMBALTA 123 72 34 46
LANTUS 122 52 35 54
PLAVIX 121 80 36 43
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 48 S2 37 87
CARVEDILOL 111 82 38 23
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 111 31 S2 38 145
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 110 42 R 40 61
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 83 41 38
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 104 31 R 42 65
MELOXICAM 103 45 43 31
PEN NEEDLE 102 47 44 100
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 102 63 44 44
BENAZEPRIL HCL 101 82 46 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 101 57 46 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 97 83 48 49
LYRICA 92 36 49 71
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 91 43 50 141
VESICARE 87 68 51 193
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 45 51 77
TIZANIDINE HCL 86 21 53 115
OXYCODONE HCL 79 0 S2 54 79
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78 52 55 34
GLIPIZIDE 78 73 55 56
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 78 36 55 151
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 45 55 53
CELEBREX 76 57 59 72
DIOVAN 75 49 60 28
METFORMIN HCL ER 74 45 61 41
FENTANYL 74 31 S2 61 110
DIOVAN HCT 73 52 63 52
PAROXETINE HCL 71 12 64 76
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 70 33 65 48
CARISOPRODOL 70 19 R 65 89
PROMETHAZINE HCL 69 23 R 67 84
ACTOS 65 53 68 102
PREDNISONE 65 29 68 37
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 64 51 70 86
LIPITOR 64 44 70 75
NAPROXEN 63 17 72 104
VENTOLIN HFA 63 36 72 93
CITALOPRAM HBR 62 38 74 24
COMBIVENT 61 26 75 126
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 61 17 75 142
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 61 46 75 19
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 60 25 78 247
COLCRYS 60 28 78 117
ENDOCET 60 14 S2 78 124
TRAZODONE HCL 59 14 81 51
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 59 35 81 208
BACLOFEN 58 20 83 138
FAMOTIDINE 56 17 84 73
ALLOPURINOL 52 29 85 29
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 16 85 119
AMOXICILLIN 51 25 87 132
NAMENDA 51 51 87 45
NOVOLOG 50 28 89 112
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 Jan. 29, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.