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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,008Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 1185

$1.29M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 1185

863 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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

13% of this provider’s 863 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 863 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 17,704 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$56 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
OMEPRAZOLE 936 721 1 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 875 710 2 7
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 861 645 10 3 101
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 722 458 S3 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 620 486 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 590 474 6 1
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 549 428 10 7 122
FUROSEMIDE 530 452 8 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 445 407 9 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 429 368 10 20
ATENOLOL 401 340 11 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 400 346 12 42
GABAPENTIN 397 299 13 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 393 317 14 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 370 306 15 22
MELOXICAM 354 267 16 27
METFORMIN HCL 300 228 17 9
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 290 258 R 18 88
SPIRONOLACTONE 263 198 19 75
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 259 178 20 15
ALLOPURINOL 247 206 21 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 238 199 22 58
DONEPEZIL HCL 230 219 23 32
LISINOPRIL 211 160 24 4
TRAZODONE HCL 204 136 25 38
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 203 191 26 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 203 155 26 62
GLIMEPIRIDE 202 184 28 49
NEXIUM 197 145 29 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 193 156 30 60
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 192 173 31 84
SERTRALINE HCL 189 132 32 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 188 83 R 33 51
CRESTOR 183 123 34 23
TRAMADOL HCL 183 162 34 16
PREDNISONE 179 138 36 33
BENAZEPRIL HCL 178 124 37 41
CLOPIDOGREL 177 156 38 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 177 133 38 21
AZITHROMYCIN 156 122 40 39
NAMENDA 146 146 41 43
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 134 106 42 123
PAROXETINE HCL 133 105 43 73
GLIPIZIDE 129 115 44 56
ADVAIR DISKUS 125 103 45 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 118 113 46 34
ESTRADIOL 116 81 R 47 126
PLAVIX 115 101 48 45
SPIRIVA 114 90 49 64
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 112 91 50 129
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 111 94 51 10
RANITIDINE HCL 110 78 52 17
MIRTAZAPINE 108 90 53 57
COLCRYS 107 93 54 110
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 105 76 55 93
CARISOPRODOL 98 55 R 56 87
GLIPIZIDE ER 98 84 56 77
SYNTHROID 98 74 56 61
FLUOXETINE HCL 92 72 59 52
PEN NEEDLE 92 58 59 139
METOLAZONE 91 72 61 209
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 89 65 62 168
FAMOTIDINE 86 48 63 69
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 83 78 64 149
OXYCODONE HCL 83 25 S2 64 70
VERAPAMIL ER 77 60 66 98
LIPITOR 76 72 67 89
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 74 61 68 173
PROAIR HFA 74 49 68 50
CLONIDINE HCL 74 45 68 47
RISPERIDONE 73 53 71 72
CARVEDILOL 71 70 72 24
MEGESTROL ACETATE 71 62 R 72 170
CELEBREX 70 56 74 85
LACTULOSE 69 52 75 177
CYMBALTA 67 46 76 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 56 77 29
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 66 44 77 116
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 65 65 79 26
FINASTERIDE 64 51 80 132
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 23 R 80 53
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 62 43 82 104
NOVOLIN N 58 38 83 283
SIMVASTATIN 58 57 83 5
BUPROPION HCL SR 58 17 83 166
OXYCONTIN 57 0 S2 86 167
LOVASTATIN 56 56 87 63
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 45 88 105
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 36 89 40
FENTANYL 50 36 S2 90 107
SEROQUEL 50 29 90 159
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 41 90 109
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, 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.