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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,286Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 208 out of 635

$377K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 314 out of 635

396 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older
18% 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 396 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

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 536 517 116 1 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 481 461 93 2 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 396 375 77 3 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 372 367* 65 4 1
LISINOPRIL 280 275* 52 5 6
GABAPENTIN 273 254 70 6 13
FUROSEMIDE 234 229* 58 7 8
OMEPRAZOLE 226 221* 58 8 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 203 186 41 9 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 161 38 10 12
LOVASTATIN 179 174* 42 11 76
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 171 166* 32 12 17
METFORMIN HCL 151 146* 29 13 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 149 144* 33 14 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 142 142 21 15 38
CLOPIDOGREL 137 126 27 16 18
SYNTHROID 120 115* 21 17 48
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 120 115* 26 17 5
GLIMEPIRIDE 114 109* 24 19 49
SERTRALINE HCL 112 112 18 20 28
NEXIUM 109 104* 17 21 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 101 86 35 S3 22 4
TRAMADOL HCL 100 95* 33 23 16
COLESTIPOL HCL 83 78* 27 24 219
DONEPEZIL HCL 82 82 13 25 37
WARFARIN SODIUM 82 82 22 25 22
ALLOPURINOL 81 76* 17 27 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 74 69* 16 28 42
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 73 59 21 29 53
NAMENDA 71 71 12 30 46
LORAZEPAM 71 66* 21 B 30 20
RANITIDINE HCL 66 66 17 32 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 <11 <11 33 55
CITALOPRAM HBR 63 58* 15 34 27
CRESTOR 63 63 12 34 21
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 58* 42 34 64
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62 57* 33 37 32
SIMVASTATIN 62 57* 13 37 3
AZITHROMYCIN 57 52* 48 39 51
CARVEDILOL 54 <11 <11 40 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 53 41 15 41 36
VERAPAMIL ER 50 <11 <11 42 112
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 April 12, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.