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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,205Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 19

$916K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 19

454 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

7% of this provider’s 454 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 454 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,727 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 36.


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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
WARFARIN SODIUM 599 596 1 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 525 513 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 524 510 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 513 500 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 479 478 S3 5 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 368 346 6 13
LISINOPRIL 367 365 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 362 342 8 6
OMEPRAZOLE 342 333 9 14
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 306 306 10 12
NAMENDA 295 295 11 4
GABAPENTIN 291 274 12 10
SIMVASTATIN 291 287 12 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 282 282 14 9
FAMOTIDINE 267 258 15 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 259 257 16 11
CARVEDILOL 241 240 17 22
TORSEMIDE 219 219 18 117
DIGOXIN 215 210 19 47
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 203 203 20 32
METFORMIN HCL 184 152 21 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 178 171 22 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 176 166 23 50
DIOVAN 174 165 24 51
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 167 164 25 57
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 166 161 26 45
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 160 148 27 44
TRAMADOL HCL 156 154 28 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 156 155 28 33
RISPERIDONE 153 153 30 27
MELOXICAM 148 147 31 90
BENAZEPRIL HCL 144 141 32 82
LANTUS 140 138 33 29
PREDNISONE 139 137 34 28
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 132 129 35 31
CLOPIDOGREL 132 120 35 38
RANITIDINE HCL 123 122 37 21
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 115 113 38 55
MIRTAZAPINE 114 113 39 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 111 111 40 30
NEXIUM 107 93 41 43
AZITHROMYCIN 103 97 42 89
BUSPIRONE HCL 102 102 43 130
KLOR-CON 10 99 99 44 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 95 92 45 25
CRESTOR 89 76 46 125
PLAVIX 86 79 47 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 81 48 68
OXYCODONE HCL 79 79 S2 49 127
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 77 77 50 58
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 77 77 50 16
GLIPIZIDE XL 76 76 52 185
LEVEMIR 72 57 53 65
METOLAZONE 70 69 54 101
HYDRALAZINE HCL 69 58 55 66
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 69 69 55 62
LIDODERM 69 68 55 115
SERTRALINE HCL 68 68 58 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 68 64 58 39
PROCRIT 67 67 60 162
ALLOPURINOL 65 64 61 59
COMBIVENT 65 65 61 202
LEXAPRO 64 64 63 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 61 59 64 52
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 61 60 64 69
HUMALOG 60 60 66 95
PROMETHAZINE HCL 60 60 R 66 72
CLONIDINE 59 46 68 118
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 59 68 88
VESICARE 58 58 70 169
ONDANSETRON HCL 58 57 70 144
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 58 70 210
CEFTRIAXONE 57 56 73 87
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 57 57 73 61
LOVASTATIN 55 55 75 219
SYNTHROID 55 54 75 219
XOPENEX 54 54 77 143
RANEXA 54 54 77 222
FLUCONAZOLE 54 54 77 108
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 48 80 63
CHLORTHALIDONE 52 43 81 226
ATENOLOL 52 52 81 54
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 50 50 83 100
DILTIAZEM HCL 50 50 83 74
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 27, 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.