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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,795Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 97 out of 1185

$675K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 133 out of 1185

505 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

15% of this provider’s 505 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 505 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 10,819 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$49 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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 515 396 1 10
OMEPRAZOLE 489 434 2 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 481 371 S3 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 480 407 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 461 394 5 5
LISINOPRIL 374 288 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 316 279 7 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 285 230 8 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 280 242 9 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 278 235 10 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 248 225 11 32
METFORMIN HCL 207 152 12 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 207 134 12 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 178 166 14 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 177 122 15 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 176 122 16 20
GABAPENTIN 158 128 17 13
CLOPIDOGREL 139 106 18 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 137 119 19 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 137 109 19 18
RANITIDINE HCL 133 74 21 17
CLONIDINE HCL 123 111 22 47
DIOVAN HCT 123 106 22 46
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 123 90 22 42
OXYCODONE HCL 119 38 S2 25 70
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 118 110 26 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 117 108 27 48
DIOVAN 116 88 28 37
LANTUS 113 92 29 66
ADVAIR DISKUS 109 55 30 54
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 75 S2 31 94
PREDNISONE 104 86 32 33
AZITHROMYCIN 103 84 33 39
ALLOPURINOL 102 82 34 30
GLYBURIDE 99 93 R 35 100
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 90 36 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 94 80 37 34
DIGOXIN 93 91 38 67
NAMENDA 93 93 38 43
LEVETIRACETAM 92 40 40 131
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 91 58 R 41 88
NOVOLOG 91 71 41 127
TRAMADOL HCL 90 56 43 16
COLCRYS 89 73 44 110
SERTRALINE HCL 88 75 45 25
FENTANYL 86 35 S2 46 107
ENDOCET 85 37 S2 47 80
PLAVIX 84 69 48 45
GLIPIZIDE 84 76 48 56
CARVEDILOL 82 69 50 24
NEXIUM 79 40 51 19
HYDRALAZINE HCL 77 72 52 112
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 76 66 R 53 51
ATENOLOL 75 75 54 28
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 74 62 55 84
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 73 60 56 71
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 73 64 56 219
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 72 48 58 58
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 72 57 58 111
PROAIR HFA 71 36 60 50
NIFEDIPINE ER 69 67 61 97
GLIPIZIDE XL 66 66 62 95
PHENYTOIN 64 41 63 232
FLUOXETINE HCL 64 34 63 52
GLIPIZIDE ER 60 47 65 77
KLOR-CON M20 59 48 66 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 53 66 62
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 55 46 68 123
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 53 44 69 93
BENAZEPRIL HCL 52 48 70 41
SPIRIVA 51 36 71 64
VERAPAMIL ER 50 28 72 98
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. 19, 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.