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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,089Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 118 out of 1185

$642K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 156 out of 1185

415 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 415 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 10,063 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
LISINOPRIL 639 483 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 508 438 2 5
METFORMIN HCL 498 342 3 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 454 396 4 1
LOVASTATIN 379 315 5 63
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 371 304 6 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 358 249 7 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 314 241 8 12
FUROSEMIDE 271 234 9 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 248 189 10 10
OMEPRAZOLE 242 162 11 6
CARVEDILOL 226 190 12 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 203 195 13 21
TRAMADOL HCL 194 161 14 16
ATENOLOL 184 124 15 28
GABAPENTIN 179 134 16 13
NAMENDA 175 171 17 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 175 121 17 15
KLOR-CON M20 167 136 19 59
DONEPEZIL HCL 152 136 20 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 140 74 21 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 131 100 22 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 129 114 S3 23 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 126 103 24 18
GLIPIZIDE 120 69 25 56
TAMSULOSIN HCL 115 103 26 34
ALLOPURINOL 114 86 27 30
NEXIUM 112 50 28 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 103 92 29 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 100 90 30 40
PREDNISONE 97 80 31 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 80 31 14
CLOPIDOGREL 96 81 33 31
EXELON 96 94 33 120
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 96 76 33 129
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 55 36 54
RANITIDINE HCL 90 49 37 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 86 77 38 20
PROAIR HFA 83 51 39 50
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 82 59 40 96
GLIPIZIDE XL 82 70 40 95
CRESTOR 81 67 42 23
SPIRIVA 81 66 42 64
MIRTAZAPINE 81 76 42 57
HYDRALAZINE HCL 77 75 45 112
DIOVAN 77 65 45 37
AZITHROMYCIN 74 55 47 39
PLAVIX 73 67 48 45
METFORMIN HCL ER 73 38 48 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 42 50 48
FLOVENT HFA 69 60 50 305
CLONIDINE HCL 69 30 50 47
DIOVAN HCT 65 48 53 46
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65 32 53 104
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 65 39 53 157
FAMOTIDINE 63 51 56 69
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 61 61 57 174
JANUVIA 59 39 58 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 40 59 29
SYNTHROID 57 45 60 61
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 52 60 36
TRAZODONE HCL 55 42 62 38
GLIPIZIDE ER 55 35 62 77
CYMBALTA 53 23 64 44
RISPERIDONE 52 0 65 72
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 27 R 65 53
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 42 67 62
SERTRALINE HCL 50 30 67 25
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 32 67 52
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.