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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,468Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 104 out of 1185

$602K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 187 out of 1185

354 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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 354 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

42% of this provider’s 354 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,581 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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 976 461 S3 1 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 410 244 2 7
RANITIDINE HCL 384 244 3 17
GABAPENTIN 341 212 4 13
LOVASTATIN 314 204 5 63
FUROSEMIDE 311 226 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 302 200 7 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 294 202 8 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 292 190 9 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 256 174 10 3
OMEPRAZOLE 238 159 11 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232 117 12 14
LISINOPRIL 228 126 13 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 225 140 14 15
NEXIUM 222 173 15 19
CARISOPRODOL 220 33 R 16 87
METFORMIN HCL 210 152 17 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 209 138 18 12
SIMVASTATIN 165 142 19 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 164 123 20 20
TRAMADOL HCL 149 109 21 16
CLOPIDOGREL 148 99 22 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 140 96 23 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 136 124 24 26
KLOR-CON M20 135 109 25 59
CARVEDILOL 132 102 26 24
BENAZEPRIL HCL 123 94 27 41
MELOXICAM 119 52 28 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 75 29 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 109 104 30 48
MECLIZINE HCL 107 81 31 115
ALLOPURINOL 104 100 32 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 99 65 33 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 98 58 34 22
CRESTOR 98 54 34 23
PROAIR HFA 94 59 36 50
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 92 77 37 84
EVISTA 92 81 37 138
FENOFIBRATE 90 46 39 55
SPIRONOLACTONE 90 49 39 75
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 90 64 39 40
IBUPROFEN 90 46 39 102
SERTRALINE HCL 89 20 43 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 82 63 44 49
PLAVIX 81 60 45 45
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 48 45 54
DIOVAN HCT 79 61 47 46
WARFARIN SODIUM 77 75 48 21
NAPROXEN 74 49 49 92
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 73 54 S3 50 146
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 70 54 51 81
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 69 41 R 52 53
AZITHROMYCIN 66 41 53 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 49 53 62
CLONIDINE HCL 66 27 53 47
MEGESTROL ACETATE 63 36 R 56 170
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 63 32 R 56 88
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 12 58 111
CELEBREX 59 57 59 85
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 25 60 52
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 36 61 91
SPIRIVA 54 30 62 64
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 38 62 149
AVODART 54 54 62 217
TRAZODONE HCL 51 21 65 38
SUCRALFATE 50 30 66 171
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 June 24, 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.