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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,807Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 1185

$1.81M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 1185

812 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 812 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

34% of this provider’s 812 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 19,807 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 1,854 1,261 S3 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,036 668 2 1
LISINOPRIL 938 692 3 4
TRAZODONE HCL 799 528 4 38
OMEPRAZOLE 731 528 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 599 467 6 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 569 345 7 11
SIMVASTATIN 532 340 8 5
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 526 432 9 60
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 485 366 10 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 467 453 11 32
GABAPENTIN 465 277 12 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 444 342 13 10
RISPERIDONE 399 318 14 72
RANITIDINE HCL 368 232 15 17
CARVEDILOL 359 245 16 24
NEXIUM 358 195 17 19
MIRTAZAPINE 326 287 18 57
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 318 154 19 14
TOPIRAMATE 316 126 20 151
METFORMIN HCL 313 181 21 9
ENDOCET 312 103 S2 22 80
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 306 143 23 15
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 283 202 24 84
DIOVAN 272 204 25 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 267 169 26 18
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 259 153 27 93
SERTRALINE HCL 257 171 28 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 252 179 29 29
BUSPIRONE HCL 237 193 30 148
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 235 223 31 129
NYSTATIN 227 204 32 197
TORSEMIDE 221 194 33 145
NAMENDA 216 204 34 43
EVISTA 216 198 34 138
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 211 144 36 7
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 190 126 R 37 53
TRAMADOL HCL 184 107 38 16
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 182 182 10 39 236
PAROXETINE HCL 181 102 40 73
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 181 103 40 12
LYRICA 180 73 42 74
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 179 129 43 20
CLOPIDOGREL 175 148 44 31
LANTUS 174 117 45 66
ADVAIR DISKUS 173 102 46 54
ALLOPURINOL 172 116 47 30
DIOVAN HCT 171 105 48 46
CYMBALTA 168 85 49 44
CHLORTHALIDONE 167 65 50 117
SINGLE USE SWAB 166 164 51 178
PROMETHAZINE HCL 166 75 R 51 76
CARISOPRODOL 165 17 R 53 87
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 148 66 S2 54 94
KETOCONAZOLE 148 74 54 199
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 146 105 56 42
FENTANYL 142 71 S2 57 107
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 137 98 58 142
CRESTOR 135 77 59 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 134 121 60 75
LIPITOR 133 70 61 89
PREDNISONE 131 74 62 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 131 115 62 40
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 127 22 S2 64 82
PROPRANOLOL HCL 127 49 64 163
GLIPIZIDE 127 76 64 56
PLAVIX 122 102 67 45
CITALOPRAM HBR 119 81 68 22
AMITIZA 118 91 69 218
TAMSULOSIN HCL 116 99 70 34
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 114 89 71 111
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 71 72 58
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 108 44 73 96
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 104 104 74 157
BUPROPION HCL SR 104 48 74 166
SINGULAIR 103 46 76 106
SEROQUEL 101 57 77 159
CEFTRIAXONE 98 89 78 295
FLUOXETINE HCL 97 77 79 52
MUPIROCIN 97 82 79 205
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 94 45 81 81
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 93 62 82 241
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 90 29 R 83 51
OXYCODONE HCL 88 0 S2 84 70
OXYCONTIN 84 26 S2 85 167
ACTOS 83 38 86 86
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 81 78 87 174
FAMOTIDINE 80 60 88 69
INSULIN SYRINGE 79 57 89 90
CEPHALEXIN 79 67 89 103
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 78 31 91 186
PROAIR HFA 78 44 91 50
BENAZEPRIL HCL 77 58 93 41
ABILIFY 75 48 94 192
LIDOCAINE HCL 75 67 94 349
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE 75 55 R 94 349
LEVEMIR 74 44 97 162
KLOR-CON M20 74 29 97 59
SUCRALFATE 73 60 99 171
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 73 25 R 99 220
SURE COMFORT 72 48 101 351
ROPINIROLE HCL 71 46 102 108
ATENOLOL 68 31 103 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 68 61 103 21
SPIRIVA 67 24 105 64
COMBIVENT 67 31 105 124
TRAVATAN Z 67 57 105 230
DETROL LA 65 44 108 181
LACTULOSE 64 46 109 177
AZITHROMYCIN 64 44 109 39
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 63 40 R 111 254
AMOXICILLIN 62 34 112 99
MECLIZINE HCL 62 40 112 115
OLANZAPINE 58 23 114 156
VENTOLIN HFA 57 34 115 83
IBUPROFEN 57 20 115 102
EXELON 56 56 117 120
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 39 117 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 51 119 48
HUMULIN 70-30 55 35 119 231
ZETIA 54 30 121 78
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 54 33 121 191
DIGOXIN 54 44 121 67
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 53 31 124 176
TIZANIDINE HCL 53 22 124 113
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 52 0 S2 126 133
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 51 50 R 127 88
TRICOR 50 31 128 125
FLUCONAZOLE 50 29 128 147
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 April 28, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.