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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,385Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 106 out of 1185

$900K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 1185

506 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 506 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 9,788 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 458 385 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 455 324 2 5
LISINOPRIL 405 355 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 396 320 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 292 237 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 267 187 6 8
MELOXICAM 262 195 7 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 245 189 8 7
METFORMIN HCL 243 179 9 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 221 155 S3 10 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 221 181 10 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 181 12 12
METFORMIN HCL ER 215 195 13 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 209 103 14 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 188 164 15 10
GABAPENTIN 186 130 16 13
RANITIDINE HCL 184 94 17 17
NEXIUM 175 127 18 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 172 137 19 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 156 109 20 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 149 79 21 21
SERTRALINE HCL 146 87 22 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 135 99 23 18
CRESTOR 130 104 24 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 115 24 14
TRAZODONE HCL 129 74 26 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 129 85 26 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 129 103 26 34
NIFEDIPINE ER 128 100 29 97
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 127 87 30 71
MIRTAZAPINE 126 121 31 57
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 119 91 32 79
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 117 89 33 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 115 112 34 40
PROPRANOLOL HCL 107 96 35 163
CARVEDILOL 107 75 35 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 85 37 36
GLIPIZIDE XL 101 66 38 95
GLIPIZIDE 99 87 39 56
CLOPIDOGREL 98 87 40 31
DIOVAN 96 80 41 37
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 51 42 54
COMBIVENT 89 43 43 124
ATENOLOL 89 81 43 28
FENOFIBRATE 89 46 43 55
CYMBALTA 89 29 43 44
PROAIR HFA 88 59 47 50
TRAMADOL HCL 85 71 48 16
JANUVIA 83 61 49 68
SYNTHROID 81 65 50 61
DONEPEZIL HCL 78 66 51 32
PLAVIX 78 61 51 45
SPIRIVA 77 41 53 64
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77 54 53 58
AZITHROMYCIN 76 57 55 39
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 74 27 R 56 53
DETROL LA 71 39 57 181
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 68 46 58 149
DIOVAN HCT 68 55 58 46
FINASTERIDE 65 65 60 132
PREDNISONE 64 45 61 33
NAMENDA 63 51 62 43
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 62 29 63 65
EXELON 60 51 64 120
SYMBICORT 58 21 65 144
GLIPIZIDE ER 58 57 65 77
DEXILANT 58 33 65 189
LYRICA 56 21 68 74
ACTOS 54 53 69 86
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 53 29 70 143
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 26 70 48
PROMETHAZINE HCL 50 19 R 72 76
LANTUS 50 46 72 66
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 Nov. 18, 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.