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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,371Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 205 out of 635

$466K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 239 out of 635

622 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older
24% 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

9% of this provider’s 622 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 622 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 312 284 96 S3 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 290 272 55 2 2
LORAZEPAM 290 272 78 B 2 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 284 279* 62 4 1
LISINOPRIL 221 209 45 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 217 212* 46 6 7
SIMVASTATIN 213 196 46 7 3
FUROSEMIDE 207 186 47 8 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 196 174 33 9 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 195 190* 42 10 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 188 183* 40 11 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 147 142* 27 12 14
ATENOLOL 144 128 30 13 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 143 138* 29 14 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 116* 24 15 12
MIRTAZAPINE 121 121 20 15 62
GABAPENTIN 112 99 25 17 13
SERTRALINE HCL 103 78 19 18 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 103 84 33 18 15
ALPRAZOLAM 100 85 33 B 20 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 96 91* 23 21 36
METFORMIN HCL 92 92 18 22 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 85 85 26 23 22
GLIPIZIDE 83 83 18 24 60
TRAMADOL HCL 80 75* 21 25 16
PREDNISONE 79 74* 41 26 40
CLOPIDOGREL 76 71* 15 27 18
GLIPIZIDE ER 74 74 14 28 83
NEXIUM 74 69* 21 28 25
MELOXICAM 70 65* 21 30 33
QUINAPRIL HCL 67 62* 14 31 138
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 <11 <11 R 32 70
LYRICA 64 59* 13 32 69
CLONIDINE HCL 63 63 12 34 54
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 <11 <11 34 75
NIFEDIPINE ER 60 <11 <11 36 100
DONEPEZIL HCL 55 <11 <11 37 37
GLIPIZIDE XL 52 <11 <11 38 92
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 <11 <11 38 95
CELEBREX 51 51 13 40 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 June 27, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.