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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,961Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 364 out of 1185

$256K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 611 out of 1185

353 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

7% of this provider’s 353 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 353 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

8% of this provider’s 4,693 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 343 255 1 14
LOVASTATIN 281 178 2 63
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 263 201 3 122
LISINOPRIL 257 188 4 4
INDOMETHACIN 244 150 R 10 5 208
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 198 100 S3 6 2
RANITIDINE HCL 193 168 7 17
OMEPRAZOLE 141 80 8 6
FUROSEMIDE 140 109 9 8
NAPROXEN 137 99 10 92
METFORMIN HCL 126 80 11 9
ATENOLOL 125 88 12 28
CLONIDINE HCL 119 70 13 47
GABAPENTIN 113 73 14 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 95 64 15 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 92 54 16 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 81 61 17 11
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 79 74 18 123
AMOXICILLIN 79 35 18 99
ALLOPURINOL 75 55 20 30
TRAMADOL HCL 72 57 21 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 39 22 15
CARVEDILOL 69 56 23 24
KLOR-CON 10 69 69 23 118
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 69 51 23 18
PREDNISONE 68 46 26 33
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 67 42 R 27 88
AZITHROMYCIN 67 43 27 39
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 67 44 R 27 51
SIMVASTATIN 65 47 30 5
FAMOTIDINE 65 31 30 69
ADVAIR DISKUS 65 36 30 54
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 27 33 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 58 27 34 7
GLYBURIDE 58 51 R 34 100
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 57 36 36 111
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 54 22 37 3
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 46 37 90
PROAIR HFA 52 34 39 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 51 45 40 49
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. 9, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.