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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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31,097Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 19

$1.72M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 19

819 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

11% of this provider’s 819 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 819 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 28,426 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 36.


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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
FUROSEMIDE 1,041 1,006 1 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 938 870 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 911 858 3 3
NAMENDA 827 826 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 783 717 5 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 709 704 6 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 680 626 S3 7 8
OMEPRAZOLE 628 553 8 14
SIMVASTATIN 608 561 9 15
LISINOPRIL 571 539 10 7
MIRTAZAPINE 555 518 11 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 522 478 12 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 485 463 13 11
TRAZODONE HCL 467 417 14 24
GABAPENTIN 464 391 15 10
LANTUS 423 364 16 29
JANTOVEN 415 414 17 19
TRAMADOL HCL 415 382 17 23
SERTRALINE HCL 381 352 19 18
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 372 367 20 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 366 325 21 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 345 312 22 25
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 330 329 23 16
METFORMIN HCL 308 276 24 20
CARVEDILOL 286 247 25 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 282 266 26 34
RANITIDINE HCL 259 251 27 21
LEVETIRACETAM 237 193 28 35
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 231 220 29 61
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 230 189 30 12
CYMBALTA 211 173 31 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 207 197 32 33
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 202 201 33 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 202 200 33 40
EXELON 196 196 35 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 195 169 36 32
GLIPIZIDE 192 173 37 42
CLONIDINE HCL 190 174 38 84
SANTYL 189 153 39 99
SEROQUEL 189 187 39 64
CLOPIDOGREL 189 159 39 38
FAMOTIDINE 188 168 42 36
LEVEMIR 185 155 43 65
KLOR-CON M10 185 171 43 92
TRIMETHOPRIM 182 181 45 147
TAMSULOSIN HCL 182 181 45 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 181 160 47 57
BENAZEPRIL HCL 181 151 47 82
PLAVIX 179 157 49 67
NOVOLOG 174 126 50 60
LEVOFLOXACIN 168 152 51 52
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 168 150 51 81
RISPERIDONE 167 165 53 27
MELOXICAM 162 149 54 90
HYDRALAZINE HCL 161 140 55 66
NEXIUM 158 157 56 43
LATANOPROST 158 150 56 86
FENTANYL 157 147 S2 58 70
KLOR-CON 10 155 152 59 53
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 149 149 60 105
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 149 141 60 75
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 142 129 62 62
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 140 109 63 63
ROPINIROLE HCL 140 128 63 88
ALLOPURINOL 138 137 65 59
ATENOLOL 137 137 66 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 136 133 67 45
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 136 136 67 111
PREDNISONE 130 115 69 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 119 116 70 68
KLOR-CON M20 116 115 71 79
LACTULOSE 115 95 72 119
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 113 73 58
MONOJECT INSULIN SAFETY SYRNG 113 108 73 142
DIOVAN 112 112 75 51
BACLOFEN 111 67 76 71
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 108 108 77 76
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 107 105 78 50
ABILIFY 106 88 79 78
TRAVATAN Z 105 90 80 91
DILTIAZEM ER 103 100 81 154
SPIRIVA 102 96 82 98
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 102 77 82 31
VALPROIC ACID 100 94 84 172
LIDODERM 99 82 85 115
CEPHALEXIN 98 85 86 41
LYRICA 94 81 87 113
PROMETHAZINE HCL 94 73 R 87 72
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 79 89 77
SINGLE USE SWAB 89 75 90 122
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 89 60 90 149
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 85 90 109
SINGULAIR 88 86 93 138
NITROFURANTOIN 88 87 93 114
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 87 78 95 145
LEXAPRO 86 73 96 48
DIGOXIN 84 82 97 47
HYDROXYZINE HCL 81 81 R 98 97
NOVOLIN R 81 76 98 73
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 68 S2 98 123
DILANTIN 78 78 101 157
KETOCONAZOLE 76 67 102 148
AMIODARONE HCL 73 72 103 161
BUDESONIDE 73 65 103 129
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 72 41 105 83
PHENYTOIN 70 69 106 136
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 70 70 106 120
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 69 67 108 140
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 69 58 108 132
OLANZAPINE 68 65 110 49
PAROXETINE HCL 68 52 110 96
AZITHROMYCIN 67 59 112 89
CALCITONIN-SALMON 66 66 113 198
LIPITOR 66 59 113 165
CLONIDINE 65 65 115 118
CARBAMAZEPINE 65 51 115 116
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 62 117 104
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 61 60 118 128
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 59 56 119 141
HYDROCORTISONE 58 55 120 210
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 56 121 138
MEGESTROL ACETATE 56 56 R 121 216
RESTASIS 56 56 121 112
NYSTATIN 55 53 124 56
PROCRIT 55 54 124 162
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 54 52 126 222
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 54 51 126 100
NUEDEXTA 54 54 126 167
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 51 38 R 129 80
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 50 129 55
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50 49 131 234
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 March 29, 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.