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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,857Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 147 out of 1185

$837K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 76 out of 1185

607 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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

8% of this provider’s 607 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 607 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 9,651 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$71 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 612 382 S3 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 393 356 2 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 364 326 3 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 258 229 4 7
SPIRONOLACTONE 238 210 5 75
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 235 209 6 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 234 217 7 3
OMEPRAZOLE 218 185 8 6
LISINOPRIL 202 177 9 4
CRESTOR 198 176 10 23
FUROSEMIDE 171 147 11 8
TRAZODONE HCL 164 106 12 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 162 134 13 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 140 14 12
PREDNISONE 145 118 15 33
METFORMIN HCL 141 121 16 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 139 109 17 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 138 117 18 10
OXYCODONE HCL 130 55 S2 19 70
CYMBALTA 126 77 20 44
SYNTHROID 124 101 21 61
RANITIDINE HCL 117 85 22 17
ZETIA 114 93 23 78
TRAMADOL HCL 110 101 24 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108 70 25 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 106 97 26 22
CARVEDILOL 105 101 27 24
SERTRALINE HCL 104 90 28 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104 85 28 26
MELOXICAM 103 76 30 27
METFORMIN HCL ER 103 84 30 35
NABUMETONE 99 88 32 165
CARISOPRODOL 97 27 R 33 87
ALLOPURINOL 96 74 34 30
FENOFIBRATE 94 81 35 55
DONEPEZIL HCL 92 92 36 32
NEXIUM 90 69 37 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 74 38 14
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 71 39 79
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 84 72 39 241
NAPROXEN 84 73 39 92
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 83 77 42 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 83 73 42 20
ESTRADIOL 78 71 R 44 126
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 76 64 45 62
MIRTAZAPINE 76 68 45 57
ACTOS 75 57 47 86
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 71 61 48 58
NIASPAN 67 49 49 121
GABAPENTIN 67 38 49 13
AZITHROMYCIN 65 54 51 39
LYRICA 64 53 52 74
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 60 56 53 140
GLIPIZIDE ER 59 39 54 77
BYSTOLIC 59 48 54 114
LEVOFLOXACIN 58 47 56 109
TAMSULOSIN HCL 58 54 56 34
EVISTA 58 58 56 138
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 58 47 56 91
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 40 60 54
TIZANIDINE HCL 52 11 61 113
PROAIR HFA 52 44 61 50
PLAVIX 50 42 63 45
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. 11, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.