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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,253Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 168 out of 1185

$640K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 158 out of 1185

391 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

17% of this provider’s 391 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 391 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,346 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$57 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 424 396 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 329 282 2 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 322 281 3 3
LISINOPRIL 320 262 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 303 270 5 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 268 192 6 7
RANITIDINE HCL 262 242 7 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 252 138 S3 8 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 199 178 9 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 184 149 10 22
ALLOPURINOL 164 149 11 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 159 155 12 10
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 158 119 13 60
METFORMIN HCL ER 152 122 14 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 148 142 15 93
DONEPEZIL HCL 140 128 16 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 139 127 17 11
TRAZODONE HCL 135 103 18 38
METFORMIN HCL 134 120 19 9
SIMVASTATIN 128 124 20 5
GABAPENTIN 118 70 21 13
CRESTOR 117 84 22 23
PREDNISONE 116 106 23 33
MIRTAZAPINE 113 91 24 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 107 84 25 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 86 26 34
TRAMADOL HCL 100 93 27 16
NEXIUM 94 64 28 19
CLONIDINE HCL 92 86 29 47
SERTRALINE HCL 92 83 29 25
NAMENDA 89 76 31 43
HYDRALAZINE HCL 85 84 32 112
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 84 64 33 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 76 33 20
DIOVAN 80 80 35 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 78 69 36 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 76 59 37 49
CLOPIDOGREL 76 72 37 31
CARVEDILOL 75 69 39 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 73 62 40 62
DIGOXIN 71 71 41 67
BENAZEPRIL HCL 71 66 41 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 54 43 12
MELOXICAM 66 53 43 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 49 45 40
EXELON 61 61 45 120
ATENOLOL 60 58 47 28
SEROQUEL 60 56 47 159
LEVOFLOXACIN 58 54 49 109
TRIMETHOPRIM 56 56 50 320
BACLOFEN 56 33 50 150
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 56 54 50 134
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 55 49 53 157
PLAVIX 55 53 53 45
KLOR-CON 10 53 52 55 118
CYMBALTA 53 39 55 44
BUPROPION HCL SR 52 27 57 166
LANTUS 51 32 58 66
EVISTA 51 35 58 138
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 26 60 29
MEGESTROL ACETATE 50 50 R 60 170
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 April 18, 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.