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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,532Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 103 out of 1185

$707K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 119 out of 1185

504 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

17% of this provider’s 504 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

37% of this provider’s 504 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 6,551 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,302 430 S3 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 483 347 2 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 425 211 3 15
OMEPRAZOLE 350 185 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 340 238 5 5
CARISOPRODOL 339 40 R 6 87
OXYCODONE HCL 312 29 S2 7 70
AZITHROMYCIN 310 121 8 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 274 198 9 1
LISINOPRIL 273 172 10 4
FUROSEMIDE 236 130 11 8
TRAMADOL HCL 212 122 12 16
NEXIUM 209 71 13 19
MELOXICAM 208 131 14 27
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 134 15 14
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 195 93 16 62
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 185 122 17 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 171 79 18 10
METFORMIN HCL 169 109 19 9
GABAPENTIN 160 69 20 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 157 92 21 18
FENOFIBRATE 150 89 22 55
FLUOXETINE HCL 144 58 23 52
SERTRALINE HCL 125 51 24 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 119 68 25 7
CEPHALEXIN 112 65 26 103
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 80 27 12
ROPINIROLE HCL 106 65 28 108
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 103 63 29 20
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 102 86 R 30 88
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 100 59 31 168
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 96 24 S2 32 82
ATENOLOL 93 79 33 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 93 41 33 79
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 93 40 R 33 53
TRAZODONE HCL 92 24 36 38
CYMBALTA 92 29 36 44
CITALOPRAM HBR 91 38 38 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 90 41 39 21
VENTOLIN HFA 89 37 40 83
CARVEDILOL 88 59 41 24
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 87 38 R 42 51
LYRICA 85 18 43 74
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 48 44 54
PROMETHAZINE HCL 81 19 R 45 76
AMOXICILLIN 78 37 46 99
SYNTHROID 68 32 47 61
FENTANYL 66 16 S2 48 107
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 12 S2 49 94
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 61 12 S2 50 211
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 16 50 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 36 52 36
ESTRADIOL 58 25 R 53 126
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 58 18 S3 53 270
RANITIDINE HCL 55 23 55 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 17 56 60
METHADONE HCL 52 0 S2 57 179
MECLIZINE HCL 52 44 57 115
DONEPEZIL HCL 51 51 59 32
DIAZEPAM 51 0 59 311
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 26 59 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 14 62 29
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.