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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,407Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 24

$896K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 24

352 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

23% of this provider’s 352 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 352 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,917 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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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
FUROSEMIDE 679 655 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 629 628 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 547 523 3 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 498 485 4 12
GABAPENTIN 414 343 5 13
LISINOPRIL 373 350 6 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 361 352 7 16
SIMVASTATIN 353 321 8 5
NAMENDA 331 312 9 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 310 278 10 7
JANTOVEN 298 263 11 10
RISPERIDONE 297 281 12 47
LAMOTRIGINE 283 227 13 93
MIRTAZAPINE 259 257 14 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 258 219 15 11
RANITIDINE HCL 255 248 16 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 243 204 17 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 232 229 18 2
LANTUS 224 187 19 31
TRAMADOL HCL 199 165 20 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 192 158 S3 21 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 182 170 22 27
TRAZODONE HCL 181 171 23 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 179 135 24 37
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 166 164 25 42
NYSTATIN 165 164 26 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 154 147 27 17
NOVOLOG 153 120 28 68
CYMBALTA 143 141 29 45
CEPHALEXIN 142 135 30 35
LEVOFLOXACIN 133 127 31 67
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 127 110 32 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 121 33 46
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 123 121 34 79
KLOR-CON M20 122 120 35 55
TAMIFLU 114 101 36 130
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 113 95 37 32
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 110 97 38 41
OXYCODONE HCL 110 97 S2 38 60
CLOPIDOGREL 107 107 40 54
DIGOXIN 102 102 41 44
ALLOPURINOL 102 102 41 50
SEROQUEL 101 93 43 100
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 84 44 23
HUMALOG 93 78 45 95
PLAVIX 91 87 46 65
TRAVATAN Z 88 87 47 74
CLONIDINE HCL 87 86 48 83
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 86 74 49 20
PREDNISONE 85 85 50 28
METFORMIN HCL 84 70 51 19
RESTASIS 83 83 52 111
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 83 74 52 85
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 80 70 54 73
LIDODERM 77 69 55 90
FAMOTIDINE 69 64 56 56
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 61 57 57
LEVETIRACETAM 68 57 57 77
NOVOLIN R 65 61 59 76
LYRICA 64 58 60 99
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 51 S2 61 201
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 60 60 62 155
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 60 60 62 203
KLOR-CON M10 58 58 64 116
CARVEDILOL 58 46 64 24
ATENOLOL 57 57 66 30
EXELON 57 52 66 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 57 50 66 109
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56 46 69 52
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 56 48 69 49
CEFTRIAXONE 55 43 71 108
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 55 55 71 138
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55 48 71 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 55 55 71 163
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 48 75 62
OXYCONTIN 54 51 S2 75 141
SERTRALINE HCL 51 40 77 18
NEXIUM 51 42 77 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 50 50 79 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 50 33 79 66
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 50 48 79 21
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 June 20, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.