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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,623Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 635

$834K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 70 out of 635

677 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in South Carolina
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 677 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in South Carolina
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 731 621 136 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 724 628 127 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 723 634 107 3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 655 571 128 4 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 590 501 109 5 9
OMEPRAZOLE 576 482 110 6 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 455 280 64 S3 7 4
LORAZEPAM 340 280 67 B 8 20
FUROSEMIDE 303 264 60 9 8
CRESTOR 295 281 46 10 21
TRAMADOL HCL 292 255 48 11 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 289 245 52 12 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 288 277 52 13 22
LISINOPRIL 288 238 59 13 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 244 209 53 15 12
CLOPIDOGREL 232 227* 34 16 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 229 218 41 17 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 228 198 36 18 27
METFORMIN HCL 222 183 43 19 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 221 188 40 20 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 220 183 40 21 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 215 195 43 22 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 146 39 23 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 209 209 35 24 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 200 195* 38 25 14
FENOFIBRATE* 186 158 32 26 61
CLONAZEPAM 175 114 30 B 27 39
KLOR-CON M20 169 154 29 28 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 161 156* 30 29 44
ALLOPURINOL 158 153* 28 30 31
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 140 20 31 56
BYSTOLIC 141 136* 22 32 94
TAMSULOSIN HCL 141 136* 27 32 35
NEXIUM 138 122 26 34 25
ATENOLOL 135 107 22 35 26
GABAPENTIN 131 108 24 36 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 125 120* 28 37 23
LANTUS 122 108 24 38 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 122 104 35 38 32
GLIPIZIDE ER 118 105 16 40 83
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 117 99 16 R 41 150
NAMENDA 108 108 16 42 46
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 106 68 20 43 57
ZETIA 100 95* 17 44 59
CLONIDINE HCL 99 73 22 45 54
BENAZEPRIL HCL 97 92* 18 46 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 96 82 18 47 36
GLIPIZIDE 94 94 14 48 60
CARVEDILOL 93 80 18 49 24
SERTRALINE HCL 90 85* 15 50 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 84 <11 <11 51 67
AZITHROMYCIN 78 66 64 52 51
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 74 63 19 53 58
TRAZODONE HCL 73 68* 15 54 47
GLIPIZIDE XL 72 57 14 55 92
PROAIR HFA 70 47 24 56 52
LOVAZA 68 63* 12 57 161
DILTIAZEM ER 68 68 11 57 145
RANITIDINE HCL 64 <11 <11 59 29
DIAZEPAM 63 51 11 B 60 66
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 58* 14 60 49
DIOVAN 62 <11 <11 62 34
NOVOLIN 70-30 61 46 11 63 165
SPIRONOLACTONE 61 40 13 63 65
ALPRAZOLAM 60 30 13 B 65 19
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 59 <11 <11 R 66 86
DIGOX 58 <11 <11 67 91
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 51* 43 68 64
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 53 <11 <11 R 69 70
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 <11 <11 70 128
CELEBREX 51 <11 <11 70 71
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 July 20, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.