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Columbia | South Carolina | 29201

(803) 931-8166

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,869Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 24

$302 Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 24

237 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

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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

8% of this provider’s 237 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 237 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,923 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$0 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.

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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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A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.


A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.


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
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in South Carolina
ASPIRIN 445 405 1 40
BENAZEPRIL HCL 386 338 2 34
PAROXETINE HCL 251 237 4 84
INSULIN SYRINGE 240 177 5 89
SYNTHROID 217 197 6 51
LABETALOL HCL 207 190 7 64
METFORMIN HCL 176 122 8 19
NEXIUM 158 134 9 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 154 151 10 12
MAPAP 151 119 11 86
NOVOLIN 70-30 150 95 12 79
SENNA S 149 139 13 96
PREDNISONE 143 92 14 28
ASPIRIN EC 133 133 15 113
FUROSEMIDE 129 97 16 3
DEPAKOTE 124 124 10 17 157
ATENOLOL 121 112 18 30
SIMVASTATIN 116 109 19 5
CITRACAL + D 114 114 10 20 161
SERTRALINE HCL 103 88 21 18
COUMADIN 102 76 22 117
AVAPRO 95 89 23 174
XALATAN 88 81 24 139
SEROQUEL 86 86 25 100
METOLAZONE 80 47 26 88
VITAMIN D2 69 58 27 192
TRAZODONE HCL 65 65 28 33
GABAPENTIN 57 50 30 13
PAIN RELIEF 56 49 10 31 212
KEPPRA 56 56 31 162
CALCIUM ACETATE 50 13 35 224
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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  • 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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.