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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,938Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 1185

$1.67M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 1185

765 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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

11% of this provider’s 765 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 765 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 13,382 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 1,360 663 S3 1 2
METFORMIN HCL 738 421 2 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 723 516 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 721 454 4 8
OMEPRAZOLE 616 324 5 6
LISINOPRIL 523 275 6 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 511 277 7 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 511 265 7 7
FAMOTIDINE 488 254 9 69
SIMVASTATIN 487 266 10 5
NEXIUM 452 204 11 19
CARVEDILOL 433 297 12 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 394 274 13 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 349 264 14 10
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 347 35 15 96
RISPERIDONE 294 39 16 72
CRESTOR 282 183 17 23
SERTRALINE HCL 267 103 18 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 252 127 19 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 249 117 20 15
GABAPENTIN 244 104 21 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 240 120 22 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 240 120 22 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 231 133 24 42
MIRTAZAPINE 220 92 25 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL 217 146 26 34
RANITIDINE HCL 212 93 27 17
CARBAMAZEPINE 207 27 28 183
CLOPIDOGREL 206 136 29 31
MELOXICAM 204 117 30 27
BENAZEPRIL HCL 202 132 31 41
GLIMEPIRIDE 202 105 31 49
DIOVAN HCT 197 81 33 46
ATENOLOL 196 104 34 28
ENDOCET 194 38 S2 35 80
TRAMADOL HCL 185 126 36 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 184 181 37 32
SPIRIVA 183 102 38 64
PROAIR HFA 180 90 39 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 174 57 40 93
DIOVAN 170 105 41 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 163 110 42 26
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 160 60 R 43 180
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 158 47 R 44 88
ZETIA 154 93 45 78
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 151 129 46 48
ADVAIR DISKUS 148 71 47 54
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 142 22 R 48 53
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 133 53 49 29
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 133 50 49 111
LYRICA 131 32 51 74
SYMBICORT 129 65 52 144
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 128 59 53 60
TOPIRAMATE 128 0 53 151
PLAVIX 126 77 55 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 125 91 56 40
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 125 30 S2 56 94
COLCRYS 124 61 58 110
TRAZODONE HCL 123 54 59 38
LEVETIRACETAM 123 24 59 131
FLUOXETINE HCL 123 25 59 52
CARISOPRODOL 122 11 R 62 87
DIGOXIN 122 72 62 67
CITALOPRAM HBR 121 40 64 22
NIFEDIPINE ER 120 39 65 97
ALLOPURINOL 119 86 66 30
AZITHROMYCIN 109 68 67 39
HALOPERIDOL 108 43 68 229
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 62 68 36
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 106 52 70 130
TERAZOSIN HCL 106 83 70 155
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 62 72 14
CLONIDINE HCL 102 58 73 47
CYMBALTA 97 22 74 44
NAPROXEN 97 26 74 92
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 96 82 76 58
BUSPIRONE HCL 96 42 76 148
KLOR-CON M20 95 78 78 59
SPIRONOLACTONE 94 53 79 75
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 93 53 80 134
HYDRALAZINE HCL 92 66 81 112
GEMFIBROZIL 91 17 82 119
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 91 0 82 158
SUCRALFATE 90 18 84 171
NAMENDA 90 90 84 43
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 89 21 S2 86 82
COMBIVENT 89 51 86 124
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 87 18 88 65
INSULIN SYRINGE 86 65 89 90
ABILIFY 84 0 90 192
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 84 18 90 149
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 83 12 92 105
DILTIAZEM ER 82 45 93 153
LANTUS 80 31 94 66
FENTANYL 79 35 S2 95 107
KETOCONAZOLE 77 25 96 199
ESTRADIOL 76 51 R 97 126
IRBESARTAN 76 62 97 293
LACTULOSE 75 34 99 177
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 75 63 99 185
IBUPROFEN 74 0 101 102
LIPITOR 72 24 102 89
SEROQUEL 71 21 103 159
PAROXETINE HCL 70 15 104 73
PREDNISONE 70 49 104 33
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 69 38 106 104
VENTOLIN HFA 68 20 107 83
AMOXICILLIN 68 29 107 99
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 67 48 109 20
EXFORGE 67 40 109 161
SYNTHROID 67 53 109 61
OLANZAPINE 66 0 112 156
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 64 32 113 91
DETROL LA 59 14 114 181
SINGULAIR 58 38 115 106
HYDROXYZINE HCL 58 0 R 115 169
VOLTAREN 57 41 117 279
LEVOFLOXACIN 57 33 117 109
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 41 119 137
AZOR 56 39 119 318
CILOSTAZOL 55 43 121 222
TAMOXIFEN CITRATE 55 0 121 384
PROMETHAZINE HCL 54 0 R 123 76
PEN NEEDLE 54 21 123 139
CELEBREX 53 39 125 85
BYSTOLIC 51 21 126 114
LOVASTATIN 50 25 127 63
BENICAR 50 44 127 187
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 Sept. 30, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.