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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,869Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 33 out of 1185

$1.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 1185

622 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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

11% of this provider’s 622 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 622 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 13,597 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 615 475 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 562 441 2 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 474 358 S3 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 459 337 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 385 337 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 352 304 6 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 325 236 7 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 324 255 8 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 286 211 9 21
OMEPRAZOLE 272 227 10 6
GABAPENTIN 255 165 11 13
FAMOTIDINE 247 158 12 69
CARVEDILOL 240 159 13 24
LISINOPRIL 238 182 14 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 232 183 15 7
CRESTOR 203 166 16 23
METFORMIN HCL 202 92 17 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 196 145 18 12
COLCRYS 195 160 19 110
PREDNISONE 181 148 20 33
CLOPIDOGREL 177 146 21 31
DIOVAN HCT 173 115 22 46
KLOR-CON M20 170 100 23 59
PLAVIX 169 143 24 45
NAMENDA 168 168 25 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 165 141 26 20
ALLOPURINOL 163 126 27 30
NEXIUM 160 108 28 19
RANITIDINE HCL 157 87 29 17
METFORMIN HCL ER 157 101 29 35
NIFEDIPINE ER 153 132 31 97
DIGOXIN 152 134 32 67
DONEPEZIL HCL 148 148 33 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 146 123 34 22
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 143 133 35 48
DIOVAN 141 101 36 37
GLIMEPIRIDE 140 110 37 49
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 135 93 38 71
SERTRALINE HCL 130 109 39 25
MELOXICAM 115 52 40 27
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 114 66 R 41 53
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 113 73 42 191
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 111 86 43 15
TRAMADOL HCL 111 104 43 16
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 110 66 45 134
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 108 78 46 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 102 80 47 40
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 70 48 36
ZETIA 100 52 48 78
ATENOLOL 98 68 50 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 86 51 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 96 54 52 42
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 95 77 R 53 51
BACLOFEN 94 46 54 150
LANTUS 93 55 55 66
JANUVIA 89 72 56 68
PROAIR HFA 85 63 57 50
VERAPAMIL ER 85 63 57 98
MIRTAZAPINE 84 72 59 57
FENOFIBRATE 83 78 60 55
LIPITOR 83 71 60 89
FINASTERIDE 82 76 62 132
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 81 61 63 84
ACTOS 79 45 64 86
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 38 65 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 77 63 65 26
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 76 38 67 277
KLOR-CON 10 76 62 67 118
PAROXETINE HCL 76 54 67 73
TAMSULOSIN HCL 76 52 67 34
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 74 37 S2 71 133
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 74 30 S2 71 82
GLYBURIDE 73 49 R 73 100
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 72 53 74 93
INSULIN SYRINGE 70 57 75 90
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 70 46 75 60
CYMBALTA 69 54 77 44
OXYCODONE HCL 68 31 S2 78 70
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 45 78 52
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 49 80 62
CLONIDINE HCL 64 45 81 47
RAMIPRIL 63 46 82 135
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 62 23 83 104
GLIPIZIDE XL 61 43 84 95
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 41 85 79
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 32 86 101
VENTOLIN HFA 59 34 86 83
RISPERIDONE 59 41 86 72
LOVASTATIN 58 40 89 63
GLIPIZIDE 56 44 90 56
CEPHALEXIN 54 37 91 103
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 18 91 111
AGGRENOX 52 39 93 235
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 38 94 75
SINGULAIR 51 29 94 106
LYRICA 50 16 96 74
TRICOR 50 41 96 125
NAPROXEN 50 16 96 92
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 April 18, 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.