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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,363Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 164 out of 1185

$650K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 152 out of 1185

336 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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 336 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 336 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,426 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 486 441 1 1
FAMOTIDINE 316 243 2 69
METFORMIN HCL 278 238 3 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 272 245 4 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 265 231 5 11
OMEPRAZOLE 258 221 6 6
FUROSEMIDE 227 208 7 8
GABAPENTIN 223 170 8 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 200 183 9 10
NIFEDIAC CC 189 177 10 246
CRESTOR 189 153 10 23
VERAPAMIL ER 183 132 12 98
CLONIDINE HCL 169 133 13 47
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 164 99 S3 14 2
JANUVIA 163 153 15 68
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 160 124 16 20
SIMVASTATIN 159 137 17 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 118 18 12
CLOPIDOGREL 154 143 19 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 151 126 20 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 136 120 21 26
CARVEDILOL 135 135 22 24
PLAVIX 129 121 23 45
TRAMADOL HCL 127 98 24 16
RANITIDINE HCL 124 101 25 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 123 113 26 48
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 119 100 27 65
KLOR-CON M20 119 114 27 59
TERAZOSIN HCL 118 92 29 155
LISINOPRIL 117 102 30 4
NIFEDIPINE ER 99 83 31 97
SULINDAC 96 95 32 234
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 95 85 33 60
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 94 76 34 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 91 85 35 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 76 36 15
SINGULAIR 86 67 36 106
JANUMET 84 78 38 182
BENAZEPRIL HCL 82 71 39 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 60 40 54
PROAIR HFA 80 47 41 50
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 74 42 75
NITROSTAT 73 63 43 196
CYMBALTA 73 17 43 44
METHOCARBAMOL 72 39 R 45 257
CITALOPRAM HBR 71 56 46 22
GLYBURIDE 69 69 R 47 100
MECLIZINE HCL 69 59 47 115
WARFARIN SODIUM 68 63 49 21
ALLOPURINOL 66 42 50 30
DIOVAN 65 62 51 37
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 64 64 52 143
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 64 58 S3 52 146
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 63 63 54 40
COLCRYS 62 42 55 110
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 57 56 58
FLUOXETINE HCL 60 43 57 52
LIPITOR 60 52 57 89
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 58 58 59 202
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 17 59 111
HYDRALAZINE HCL 57 47 61 112
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 55 45 62 186
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 54 63 71
SPIRIVA 53 40 64 64
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 41 65 148
RAMIPRIL 52 37 65 135
NEXIUM 51 38 67 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 42 67 109
ATENOLOL 50 47 69 28
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 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.