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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,485Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 160 out of 1185

$580K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 203 out of 1185

591 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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 591 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 591 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,722 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

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 650 378 S3 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 412 344 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 390 367 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 295 229 4 6
LISINOPRIL 291 234 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 291 261 5 8
SIMVASTATIN 284 243 7 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 279 256 8 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 209 171 9 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 134 10 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 180 142 11 18
TRAMADOL HCL 177 123 12 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 176 152 13 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 169 104 14 15
GABAPENTIN 154 88 15 13
METFORMIN HCL ER 152 127 16 35
BENAZEPRIL HCL 144 135 17 41
FENOFIBRATE 129 95 18 55
LOVASTATIN 125 105 19 63
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 95 20 20
NEXIUM 115 78 21 19
METFORMIN HCL 106 78 22 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 106 93 22 26
AZITHROMYCIN 104 76 24 39
ATENOLOL 102 91 25 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 101 101 26 32
SERTRALINE HCL 97 76 27 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 91 68 28 58
WARFARIN SODIUM 91 81 28 21
ROPINIROLE HCL 91 63 28 108
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 88 57 31 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 87 77 32 22
GLIPIZIDE XL 86 68 33 95
CRESTOR 84 57 34 23
OXYCODONE HCL 76 23 S2 35 70
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 48 35 14
MELOXICAM 75 61 37 27
PREDNISONE 75 54 37 33
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 54 39 52
AMOXICILLIN 71 52 40 99
DIOVAN 70 58 41 37
CLOPIDOGREL 68 50 42 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 62 43 40
PLAVIX 66 58 43 45
MIRTAZAPINE 63 44 45 57
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 62 60 46 149
TRAZODONE HCL 61 38 47 38
NAMENDA 61 61 47 43
DIOVAN HCT 60 48 49 46
NIFEDIPINE ER 60 56 49 97
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 60 37 49 116
SPIRIVA 57 48 52 64
RANITIDINE HCL 56 37 53 17
ZETIA 56 49 53 78
PROMETHAZINE HCL 55 21 R 55 76
PROAIR HFA 54 29 56 50
RAMIPRIL 53 45 57 135
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 50 50 58 65
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 40 58 62
ALLOPURINOL 50 29 58 30
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 March 4, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.