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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,625Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 45

$707K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 45

453 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

3% of this provider’s 453 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 453 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,331 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 48%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $128 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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
VITAMIN D2 596 540 1 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 576 508 2 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 367 334 3 18
METFORMIN HCL 352 243 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 334 316 5 21
NAMENDA 326 312 6 39
SIMVASTATIN 324 260 7 13
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 282 163 8 5
GLIMEPIRIDE 275 241 9 10
LANTUS 269 193 10 6
ASPIRIN EC 263 239 11 42
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 249 230 12 2
NOVOLOG 230 156 13 12
GABAPENTIN 215 202 14 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 215 211 14 49
PEN NEEDLE 201 116 16 4
HUMALOG MIX 50-50 198 170 10 17 53
DOC-Q-LACE 194 182 10 18 54
LISINOPRIL 187 175 19 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 167 161 20 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 151 21 29
HUMALOG 160 109 22 11
TRAZODONE HCL 154 142 23 45
WARFARIN SODIUM 151 150 24 57
CARVEDILOL 150 129 25 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 149 137 26 60
INSULIN SYRINGE 145 93 27 9
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 143 97 28 8
CLOPIDOGREL 143 129 28 52
JANUMET 136 61 30 63
OMEPRAZOLE 134 133 31 51
EXELON 134 122 31 65
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 120 33 66
JANUVIA 127 109 34 22
DOCUSATE SODIUM 121 110 35 71
NATEGLINIDE 119 81 36 54
PRANDIN 115 77 37 72
METFORMIN HCL ER 114 83 38 7
CRESTOR 112 82 39 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 93 40 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 101 94 41 57
MULTIVITAMINS 99 87 42 75
SYNTHROID 96 80 43 1
LORAZEPAM 88 76 44 79
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 87 68 45 61
FAMOTIDINE 86 85 46 80
TAMSULOSIN HCL 85 80 47 81
SERTRALINE HCL 81 69 48 67
LORATADINE 80 67 49 82
ALLOPURINOL 79 79 50 48
GLIPIZIDE XL 75 59 51 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74 61 52 32
FOLBIC 73 73 53 84
LYRICA 72 53 54 69
MIRTAZAPINE 72 71 54 86
COLCRYS 71 65 56 87
PLAVIX 69 63 57 88
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 59 S3 57 70
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 68 50 59 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 55 60 92
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 66 60 60 68
DETROL LA 65 65 62 93
CYANOCOBALAMIN INJECTION 64 64 63 95
MAPAP 62 60 64 96
BENAZEPRIL HCL 62 37 64 96
FOLIC ACID 62 62 64 96
NIASPAN 61 45 67 59
RISPERIDONE 58 58 68 99
PROAIR HFA 57 56 69 100
55 55 70 102
SURE COMFORT 54 27 71 104
CLONAZEPAM 54 54 71 104
LEVOXYL 52 41 73 15
HUMULIN 70-30 51 47 74 109
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 44 74 73
FENOFIBRATE 51 42 74 43
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 Sept. 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.