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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,848Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 1185

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 1185

727 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

2% of this provider’s 727 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 727 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 16,259 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 732 561 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 604 518 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 569 474 3 8
SIMVASTATIN 568 451 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 541 443 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 540 466 6 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 513 464 7 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 498 342 8 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 448 373 9 10
RANITIDINE HCL 368 260 10 17
TRAMADOL HCL 346 313 11 16
METFORMIN HCL ER 327 241 12 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 312 252 13 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 289 272 14 20
GABAPENTIN 277 220 15 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 276 215 S3 16 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 251 250 17 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 249 152 18 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 243 205 19 15
METFORMIN HCL 237 146 20 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 231 205 21 26
MELOXICAM 226 179 22 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 223 187 23 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 218 169 24 11
KLOR-CON 10 200 126 25 118
FENOFIBRATE 190 112 26 55
CARVEDILOL 174 163 27 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 169 143 28 22
NIFEDIPINE ER 164 158 29 97
NEXIUM 157 128 30 19
LANTUS 151 109 31 66
CLOPIDOGREL 150 145 32 31
CLONIDINE HCL 147 122 33 47
MIRTAZAPINE 147 145 33 57
EVISTA 144 132 35 138
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 139 116 36 157
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 137 109 37 29
CRESTOR 136 115 38 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 135 92 39 14
DIOVAN 135 97 39 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 130 114 41 42
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 126 121 42 84
NAMENDA 124 124 43 43
GLIPIZIDE ER 123 101 44 77
ALLOPURINOL 120 92 45 30
ZETIA 114 99 46 78
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 113 89 47 96
PLAVIX 111 101 48 45
SERTRALINE HCL 108 101 49 25
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 103 50 79
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 94 71 51 129
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 93 86 52 91
CELEBREX 91 86 53 85
TAMSULOSIN HCL 90 66 54 34
NYSTATIN 89 80 55 197
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 86 76 56 123
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 77 57 36
ZOSTAVAX 82 73 58 262
ATENOLOL 82 71 58 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 52 60 52
CYMBALTA 79 59 61 44
PREDNISONE 78 68 62 33
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 77 50 63 60
LEVEMIR 77 67 63 162
LIDODERM 74 64 65 256
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 73 73 66 58
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 72 48 67 111
DIGOXIN 71 71 68 67
METHYLDOPA 68 68 R 69 300
GLIPIZIDE XL 68 67 69 95
INSULIN SYRINGE 67 46 71 90
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 65 65 72 142
PROMETHAZINE HCL 63 60 R 73 76
LOVASTATIN 63 44 73 63
NIASPAN 63 46 73 121
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 61 56 76 143
LEVOFLOXACIN 60 54 77 109
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 60 77 93
LIPITOR 59 47 79 89
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 46 80 65
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 58 48 80 48
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 36 R 82 51
NOVOLOG 57 39 82 127
HUMALOG 57 51 82 210
ACTONEL 56 56 85 381
ONGLYZA 55 53 86 250
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 51 86 41
PROAIR HFA 55 35 86 50
CARBAMAZEPINE 54 18 89 183
CLOZAPINE 53 53 90 286
TRICOR 53 28 90 125
DILTIAZEM ER 53 53 90 153
FAMOTIDINE 52 48 93 69
SINGULAIR 51 43 94 106
TRAZODONE HCL 50 43 95 38
AZITHROMYCIN 50 46 95 39
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 12 95 173
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, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.