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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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39,994Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 24

$2.7M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 24

908 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

24% of this provider’s 908 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 908 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 35,257 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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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
FUROSEMIDE 1,750 1,602 1 3
NAMENDA 1,540 1,505 2 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,415 1,309 3 1
LISINOPRIL 1,148 1,036 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,114 1,063 5 11
JANTOVEN 1,052 890 6 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 985 843 7 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 889 774 8 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 805 727 S3 9 6
SIMVASTATIN 783 695 10 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 761 689 11 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 715 658 12 15
EXELON 704 696 13 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 624 529 14 20
OMEPRAZOLE 602 539 15 8
MIRTAZAPINE 534 508 16 14
GABAPENTIN 521 440 17 13
METFORMIN HCL 511 417 18 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 460 435 19 16
SERTRALINE HCL 446 409 20 18
CEPHALEXIN 424 383 21 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 396 354 22 12
CYMBALTA 384 347 23 45
LEXAPRO 367 331 24 58
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 333 325 25 53
ABILIFY 326 253 26 69
RANITIDINE HCL 315 273 27 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 303 265 28 37
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 303 291 28 41
KLOR-CON M20 299 265 30 55
LANTUS 292 242 31 31
CARVEDILOL 286 222 32 24
PREDNISONE 286 237 32 28
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 277 259 34 61
CEFDINIR 267 251 35 71
TRAMADOL HCL 263 234 36 25
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 259 170 37 104
DIOVAN 253 240 38 39
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 248 239 39 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 248 225 39 46
ATENOLOL 245 215 41 30
PROMETHAZINE HCL 237 198 R 42 59
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 236 207 43 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 231 197 44 72
METOLAZONE 220 205 45 88
SPIRIVA 220 201 45 92
LABETALOL HCL 190 184 47 64
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 188 150 48 125
LEVETIRACETAM 186 122 49 77
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 178 159 50 27
HYDRALAZINE HCL 178 147 50 75
ADVAIR DISKUS 177 152 52 62
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 176 156 53 73
FENTANYL 174 136 S2 54 63
AGGRENOX 172 161 55 136
GLIPIZIDE 170 147 56 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 167 156 57 32
LATANOPROST 167 152 57 102
ROPINIROLE HCL 166 143 59 101
METHADONE HCL 165 120 S2 60 113
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 165 154 60 57
KLOR-CON M10 162 145 62 116
NOVOLOG 161 113 63 68
ALLOPURINOL 157 144 64 50
RISPERIDONE 154 132 65 47
TRAZODONE HCL 148 130 66 33
SPIRONOLACTONE 145 131 67 70
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 144 111 68 82
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 144 129 S2 68 120
CLOPIDOGREL 143 130 70 54
OLANZAPINE 142 122 71 91
NYSTATIN 139 129 72 48
JANUVIA 134 103 73 152
BACLOFEN 132 62 74 78
TRAVATAN Z 131 105 75 74
BYSTOLIC 122 108 76 158
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 120 98 77 42
CLONIDINE HCL 120 111 77 83
KLOR-CON 10 120 119 77 112
DIGOXIN 119 109 80 44
SANTYL 118 108 81 133
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 116 111 82 22
CEFTRIAXONE 114 106 83 108
LEVOFLOXACIN 111 103 84 67
KETOCONAZOLE 110 88 85 164
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 110 101 85 29
OXYCODONE HCL 109 82 S2 87 60
LYRICA 109 72 87 99
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 109 80 87 110
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 108 83 90 109
OXYCONTIN 107 91 S2 91 141
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 106 72 92 167
HUMALOG 105 82 93 95
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 102 102 94 119
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 102 98 94 66
CLONIDINE 100 66 96 129
NUEDEXTA 99 96 97 171
NOVOLIN R 98 83 98 76
LEVEMIR 95 46 99 174
PLAVIX 92 86 100 65
LIDOCAINE HCL 90 87 101 134
RESTASIS 89 89 102 111
PHENYTOIN 88 78 103 107
MELOXICAM 88 79 103 97
FAMOTIDINE 85 75 105 56
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 84 79 106 122
FINASTERIDE 84 60 106 148
CELEBREX 82 82 108 132
LIDODERM 81 81 109 90
HALOPERIDOL 79 60 110 127
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 75 63 111 85
HUMULIN R 75 63 111 118
VALACYCLOVIR 74 72 113 186
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 67 114 105
FLUCONAZOLE 72 65 115 142
AZITHROMYCIN 71 65 116 94
GLYCOPYRROLATE 69 68 117 192
LAMOTRIGINE 68 68 118 93
TAMIFLU 67 64 119 130
PRIMIDONE 67 67 119 194
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 64 121 52
NITROFURANTOIN 66 54 121 142
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 66 56 121 155
DILANTIN 65 30 124 195
RIVASTIGMINE 65 65 124 195
SUCRALFATE 63 52 126 198
VALPROIC ACID 63 39 126 155
HYDROXYZINE HCL 63 52 R 126 139
VENTOLIN HFA 62 61 129 201
DILTIAZEM HCL 61 58 130 144
MECLIZINE HCL 61 61 130 159
NEXIUM 60 55 132 38
PHENADOZ 60 53 10 132 203
PREMARIN 60 49 R 132 160
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 59 37 S2 135 149
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 59 36 135 98
BUDESONIDE 58 58 137 145
GENERLAC 57 26 138 146
DILTIAZEM ER 57 47 138 166
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 56 50 140 138
TOPIRAMATE 54 48 141 217
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 53 53 142 134
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 53 53 142 218
COMBIVENT 52 39 144 165
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 51 51 145 137
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 50 46 146 224
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 9, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.