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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,332Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 110 out of 1185

$738K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 108 out of 1185

644 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

4% of this provider’s 644 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 644 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 9,957 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 529 314 S3 1 2
METFORMIN HCL 451 329 2 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 416 388 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 371 321 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 370 292 5 8
TRAMADOL HCL 335 244 6 16
MELOXICAM 265 196 7 27
OMEPRAZOLE 248 155 8 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 234 161 9 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 230 211 10 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 222 198 11 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 215 209 12 1
LISINOPRIL 203 124 13 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 192 162 14 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 189 141 15 22
TIZANIDINE HCL 187 71 16 113
GLIPIZIDE XL 152 125 17 95
NEXIUM 151 109 18 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 120 19 12
PROMETHAZINE HCL 143 79 R 19 76
TRAZODONE HCL 142 85 21 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 138 127 22 18
GLIPIZIDE ER 128 92 23 77
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 116 92 R 24 51
CELEBREX 114 96 25 85
GABAPENTIN 111 68 26 13
CEFDINIR 111 83 26 172
DILTIAZEM ER 106 89 28 153
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 105 76 29 71
SERTRALINE HCL 103 60 30 25
CLOPIDOGREL 103 75 30 31
FENOFIBRATE 101 91 32 55
BUPROPION HCL SR 99 63 33 166
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 95 34 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 87 35 58
WARFARIN SODIUM 90 72 36 21
SYNTHROID 90 86 36 61
OXYCODONE HCL 89 0 S2 38 70
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 88 50 39 20
NAMENDA 88 88 39 43
ALLOPURINOL 88 76 39 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 75 42 36
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 86 74 43 65
ATENOLOL 85 76 44 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 84 66 45 52
DOXEPIN HCL 83 64 46 211
PROAIR HFA 82 48 47 50
PLAVIX 77 58 48 45
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 77 53 48 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 71 65 50 11
LOVASTATIN 71 49 50 63
CYMBALTA 70 45 52 44
TAMSULOSIN HCL 70 63 52 34
ACTOS 70 54 52 86
QUINAPRIL HCL 69 58 55 184
MIRTAZAPINE 67 47 56 57
PREDNISONE 65 61 57 33
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 40 58 101
ZETIA 61 43 59 78
VYTORIN 60 51 60 188
CRESTOR 60 36 60 23
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 58 42 62 143
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 40 62 54
GLIPIZIDE 57 29 64 56
SPIRIVA 56 30 65 64
PAROXETINE HCL 55 45 66 73
TRILIPIX 54 35 67 238
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 53 16 68 105
KLOR-CON M20 51 32 69 59
LANTUS 50 39 70 66
RISPERIDONE 50 29 70 72
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 Feb. 15, 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.