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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,993Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 32

$386K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 32

340 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

14% of this provider’s 340 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 340 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,321 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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 430 283 S3 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 295 220 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 232 146 3 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 191 169 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 189 118 5 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 173 126 6 10
LISINOPRIL 140 61 7 3
METFORMIN HCL 122 56 8 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 114 66 9 7
GABAPENTIN 107 58 10 16
RANITIDINE HCL 107 68 10 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 97 66 12 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 92 36 13 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 90 48 14 25
PAROXETINE HCL 83 39 15 62
TRAZODONE HCL 81 44 16 53
CITALOPRAM HBR 75 64 17 27
COLCRYS 72 20 18 73
SIMVASTATIN 64 31 19 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 63 52 20 55
AZITHROMYCIN 61 31 21 32
ALLOPURINOL 59 21 22 26
LOVASTATIN 57 42 23 114
TRAMADOL HCL 55 38 24 13
CLONIDINE HCL 52 40 25 31
LYRICA 52 14 25 68
FAMOTIDINE 51 42 27 47
CLOPIDOGREL 50 31 28 38
ATENOLOL 50 26 28 17
DIGOXIN 50 37 28 56
PREDNISONE 50 36 28 52
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 May 12, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.