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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,530Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 1185

$1.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 1185

1,085 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

3% of this provider’s 1,085 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 1,085 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 13,840 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 801 608 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 604 360 2 9
SIMVASTATIN 553 425 3 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 553 390 3 11
LISINOPRIL 530 358 5 4
CRESTOR 508 293 6 23
FUROSEMIDE 467 279 7 8
MELOXICAM 453 290 8 27
TRAMADOL HCL 450 313 9 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 423 333 10 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 388 264 11 7
OMEPRAZOLE 386 237 12 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 362 300 13 42
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 332 159 S3 14 2
SERTRALINE HCL 321 185 15 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 296 210 16 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 272 156 17 49
NEXIUM 265 155 18 19
FENOFIBRATE 249 190 19 55
ALLOPURINOL 247 175 20 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 245 167 21 14
GABAPENTIN 240 114 22 13
FAMOTIDINE 211 134 23 69
CARVEDILOL 200 145 24 24
JANUVIA 198 131 25 68
RANITIDINE HCL 198 102 25 17
ATENOLOL 194 146 27 28
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 185 89 R 28 53
ADVAIR DISKUS 182 91 29 54
SPIRIVA 179 95 30 64
ZETIA 176 128 31 78
GLIPIZIDE 168 107 32 56
TRICOR 163 82 33 125
NAPROXEN 162 76 34 92
ACTOS 160 110 35 86
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 159 132 36 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 154 102 37 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 151 77 38 29
BENAZEPRIL HCL 149 110 39 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 148 122 40 18
DIOVAN 141 111 41 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 137 129 42 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 135 135 43 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 135 75 43 22
LYRICA 134 78 45 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 133 84 46 26
VENTOLIN HFA 132 49 47 83
DIOVAN HCT 129 50 48 46
INSULIN SYRINGE 125 83 49 90
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 124 86 50 58
NIASPAN 123 88 51 121
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 86 52 36
LANTUS 122 75 52 66
AZITHROMYCIN 121 76 54 39
NIFEDIPINE ER 117 95 55 97
TRAZODONE HCL 117 62 55 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 113 51 57 21
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 105 58 101
LOVAZA 109 51 59 160
METFORMIN HCL ER 108 77 60 35
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 106 53 R 61 88
BENICAR 99 72 62 187
NAMENDA 98 94 63 43
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 96 68 R 64 243
CLOPIDOGREL 94 69 65 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 94 61 65 20
CLONIDINE HCL 89 65 67 47
PAROXETINE HCL 89 55 67 73
PROMETHAZINE HCL 86 35 R 69 76
GLIPIZIDE ER 83 67 70 77
BENICAR HCT 82 58 71 175
KLOR-CON M20 79 49 72 59
CYMBALTA 78 46 73 44
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 77 58 R 74 51
VERAPAMIL ER 75 46 75 98
MECLIZINE HCL 75 64 75 115
GLIPIZIDE XL 71 57 77 95
NASONEX 70 40 78 266
PROAIR HFA 70 22 78 50
SYMBICORT 68 22 80 144
DIGOXIN 68 35 80 67
LIPITOR 67 54 82 89
CELEBREX 67 53 82 85
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 66 53 84 60
SINGULAIR 65 32 85 106
PLAVIX 65 55 85 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 51 87 34
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 39 87 186
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 45 89 111
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 26 S2 90 94
CEPHALEXIN 58 39 91 103
MIRTAZAPINE 56 31 92 57
IRBESARTAN 52 45 93 293
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 39 94 62
MICARDIS 51 27 94 322
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 50 29 96 277
LABETALOL HCL 50 46 96 198
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 8, 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.