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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,249Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 1185

$1.3M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 1185

757 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

10% of this provider’s 757 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 757 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 16,687 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 964 730 S3 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 656 597 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 642 543 3 6
GLIPIZIDE 518 399 4 56
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 470 410 5 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 437 367 6 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 413 375 7 21
METFORMIN HCL 359 266 8 9
FUROSEMIDE 352 302 9 8
SIMVASTATIN 342 281 10 5
LISINOPRIL 328 272 11 4
MELOXICAM 313 252 12 27
NEXIUM 299 210 13 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 284 235 14 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 255 214 15 11
PREDNISONE 250 218 16 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 226 178 17 18
GABAPENTIN 205 153 18 13
NAMENDA 198 198 19 43
ALLOPURINOL 191 157 20 30
TRAMADOL HCL 182 162 21 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 180 157 22 58
CEPHALEXIN 179 134 23 103
TORSEMIDE 178 161 24 145
TAMSULOSIN HCL 175 163 25 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 170 156 26 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 167 167 27 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 166 162 28 7
KLOR-CON M20 163 141 29 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 158 133 30 20
FLUOXETINE HCL 153 112 31 52
SERTRALINE HCL 153 139 31 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 153 130 31 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 151 139 34 79
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 150 126 35 71
RANITIDINE HCL 144 129 36 17
CLOPIDOGREL 129 110 37 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 118 104 38 42
PLAVIX 116 98 39 45
CITALOPRAM HBR 114 103 40 22
BACLOFEN 113 82 41 150
DIGOXIN 112 98 42 67
IBUPROFEN 109 80 43 102
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 108 81 44 91
CARVEDILOL 106 105 45 24
DIOVAN 104 96 46 37
AZITHROMYCIN 103 78 47 39
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 79 48 14
CRESTOR 97 77 49 23
LYRICA 96 36 50 74
SYNTHROID 96 83 50 61
CYMBALTA 93 59 52 44
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 90 39 S2 53 82
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 90 87 53 62
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 89 57 S2 55 94
JANUVIA 89 60 55 68
ALPRAZOLAM 87 76 57 223
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 76 58 26
CELEBREX 83 76 59 85
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 80 60 12
LIPITOR 78 64 61 89
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 58 62 108
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 77 54 62 244
FENTANYL 77 69 S2 62 107
LOVAZA 77 41 62 160
LANTUS 77 68 62 66
FAMOTIDINE 76 69 67 69
FLUCONAZOLE 75 48 68 147
MIRTAZAPINE 75 70 68 57
CLONIDINE HCL 74 55 70 47
BENAZEPRIL HCL 74 61 70 41
MEGESTROL ACETATE 73 73 R 72 170
CARISOPRODOL 72 44 R 73 87
RISPERIDONE 71 71 74 72
LUNESTA 70 59 75 353
LORAZEPAM 70 67 75 226
NOVOLIN R 69 69 77 245
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 56 78 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 60 78 109
DIOVAN HCT 68 67 78 46
PROMETHAZINE HCL 67 35 R 81 76
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 67 47 81 134
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 59 83 65
ACYCLOVIR 66 36 83 312
ATENOLOL 64 51 85 28
PAROXETINE HCL 62 55 86 73
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 61 87 36
PROAIR HFA 61 38 87 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 59 59 89 49
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 58 58 90 287
NABUMETONE 58 56 90 165
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 56 52 92 176
MUPIROCIN 55 38 93 205
GLIPIZIDE ER 54 54 94 77
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 52 49 95 143
FLUOCINONIDE 52 42 95 392
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 51 R 97 51
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 51 39 97 93
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 Feb. 24, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.