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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,902Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 181 out of 1185

$621K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 174 out of 1185

559 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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

9% of this provider’s 559 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 559 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 7,603 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

20 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 719 303 S3 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 413 339 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 374 321 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 295 236 4 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 257 185 5 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 230 210 6 1
LISINOPRIL 224 177 7 4
OMEPRAZOLE 215 156 8 6
GABAPENTIN 188 104 9 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 185 150 10 10
METFORMIN HCL 154 110 11 9
NEXIUM 146 128 12 19
CLONIDINE HCL 129 110 13 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 109 14 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 123 116 15 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 122 93 16 49
CRESTOR 117 69 17 23
TRAMADOL HCL 116 61 18 16
CYMBALTA 106 52 19 44
PREDNISONE 103 81 20 33
SERTRALINE HCL 102 77 21 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 102 74 21 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 100 100 23 32
ATENOLOL 99 85 24 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 91 80 25 26
ALLOPURINOL 90 64 26 30
MELOXICAM 88 72 27 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 87 56 28 22
CLOPIDOGREL 86 70 29 31
PLAVIX 86 74 29 45
WARFARIN SODIUM 85 67 31 21
BENAZEPRIL HCL 84 40 32 41
DIOVAN 84 48 32 37
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 77 32 36
LYRICA 82 50 35 74
LORAZEPAM 80 65 36 226
AZITHROMYCIN 80 53 36 39
DIOVAN HCT 77 50 38 46
PROMETHAZINE HCL 76 14 R 39 76
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 62 40 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 75 57 40 11
FLUOXETINE HCL 72 39 42 52
PREMARIN 66 31 R 43 152
ESTRADIOL 66 53 R 43 126
CARISOPRODOL 66 27 R 43 87
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 64 37 46 128
RANITIDINE HCL 60 33 47 17
KLOR-CON M20 60 57 47 59
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 40 49 79
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 36 49 101
BUPROPION HCL SR 55 26 51 166
TRAZODONE HCL 54 34 52 38
GLIPIZIDE 54 39 52 56
CARVEDILOL 53 52 54 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 53 48 54 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 42 56 40
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 0 S2 56 82
DOXEPIN HCL 50 34 58 211
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 July 19, 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.