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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,603Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 156 out of 1185

$516K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 258 out of 1185

402 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 402 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 402 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 8,416 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
SIMVASTATIN 485 368 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 423 383 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 413 244 S3 3 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 371 306 4 12
OMEPRAZOLE 323 274 5 6
METFORMIN HCL 321 229 6 9
LISINOPRIL 313 257 7 4
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 257 213 8 14
GABAPENTIN 254 141 9 13
FUROSEMIDE 244 204 10 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 208 162 11 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 197 170 12 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 181 152 13 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 165 150 14 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 155 155 15 32
NEXIUM 152 120 16 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 146 87 17 15
ALLOPURINOL 136 110 18 30
SERTRALINE HCL 136 107 18 25
KLOR-CON M20 124 99 20 59
TRAMADOL HCL 118 58 21 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 109 85 22 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 109 78 22 11
GLIPIZIDE 108 105 24 56
TIZANIDINE HCL 105 48 25 113
CITALOPRAM HBR 104 82 26 22
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 102 92 27 48
AZITHROMYCIN 99 77 28 39
CLOPIDOGREL 94 65 29 31
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 94 57 29 81
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93 82 31 7
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 91 72 R 32 88
LOVASTATIN 91 70 32 63
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 85 46 R 34 51
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 84 45 35 104
ESTRADIOL 80 50 R 36 126
CRESTOR 78 30 37 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 76 54 38 58
CLONIDINE HCL 76 42 38 47
ATENOLOL 75 66 40 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 73 49 41 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 72 42 71
MECLIZINE HCL 71 62 43 115
PREDNISONE 69 47 44 33
CARVEDILOL 68 45 45 24
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 66 17 R 46 53
GEMFIBROZIL 66 24 46 119
CELEBREX 66 49 46 85
PLAVIX 64 47 49 45
PREMARIN 61 38 R 50 152
DIGOXIN 59 59 51 67
GLYBURIDE 59 34 R 51 100
RISPERIDONE 58 24 53 72
NAMENDA 57 57 54 43
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 26 R 55 76
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 56 35 55 140
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 43 57 109
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 54 58 123
AMOXICILLIN 52 46 59 99
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 23 60 79
OXYCODONE HCL 51 12 S2 60 70
DIOVAN 50 30 62 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 38 62 40
NITROFURANTOIN 50 46 62 225
RANITIDINE HCL 50 43 62 17
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 Aug. 14, 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.