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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,562Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 85 out of 1185

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 1185

733 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

3% of this provider’s 733 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 733 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 13,070 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% 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
SIMVASTATIN 702 637 1 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 448 403 2 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 435 386 3 15
OMEPRAZOLE 434 384 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 390 382 5 1
LISINOPRIL 374 366 6 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 327 307 7 3
ATENOLOL 300 290 8 28
METFORMIN HCL 300 274 8 9
FUROSEMIDE 281 272 10 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 262 243 11 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 244 222 12 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 241 224 13 10
SYNTHROID 215 204 14 61
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 200 169 S3 15 2
SERTRALINE HCL 192 172 16 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 189 163 17 26
RANITIDINE HCL 173 129 18 17
DIOVAN 164 159 19 37
TRAMADOL HCL 161 132 20 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 160 125 21 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 156 152 22 40
CRESTOR 156 156 22 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 155 135 24 7
ALLOPURINOL 151 131 25 30
GABAPENTIN 146 132 26 13
DIOVAN HCT 133 131 27 46
CLOPIDOGREL 123 120 28 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 110 29 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 114 97 30 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111 88 31 58
CARVEDILOL 104 103 32 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 104 104 32 48
PLAVIX 100 99 34 45
PREDNISONE 100 89 34 33
GLIMEPIRIDE 100 97 34 49
LIPITOR 96 91 37 89
VESICARE 95 91 38 200
KLOR-CON M20 92 89 39 59
BENAZEPRIL HCL 89 85 40 41
JANUVIA 88 72 41 68
TRAZODONE HCL 88 76 41 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 86 86 43 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 83 78 44 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 83 72 44 42
ZETIA 82 82 46 78
NEXIUM 80 67 47 19
CYMBALTA 79 61 48 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74 71 49 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 72 57 50 54
SINGULAIR 71 62 51 106
CELEBREX 71 63 51 85
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 68 64 53 71
PAROXETINE HCL 68 60 53 73
BENICAR HCT 68 68 53 175
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 59 56 79
TAMSULOSIN HCL 67 67 56 34
PROPRANOLOL HCL 65 42 58 163
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 38 58 52
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 64 47 60 65
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 63 55 61 130
LYRICA 62 54 62 74
EVISTA 58 58 63 138
NAMENDA 57 57 64 43
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 50 64 104
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 48 66 62
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 52 67 216
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 48 68 105
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 42 68 60
GLIPIZIDE 51 51 70 56
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 39 70 36
BYSTOLIC 51 51 70 114
FENOFIBRATE 50 45 73 55
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 27 R 73 53
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 Dec. 31, 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.