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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,453Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 69 out of 1185

$742K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 107 out of 1185

596 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

5% of this provider’s 596 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 596 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 13,714 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 927 903 1 21
LISINOPRIL 488 417 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 481 429 3 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 376 285 4 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 344 307 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 317 289 6 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 308 283 7 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 291 256 8 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 282 258 9 7
MELOXICAM 262 240 10 27
RANITIDINE HCL 254 230 11 17
METFORMIN HCL 238 192 12 9
TRAZODONE HCL 230 199 13 38
GABAPENTIN 218 182 14 13
NAMENDA 213 213 15 43
METFORMIN HCL ER 213 200 15 35
TRAMADOL HCL 204 169 17 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 191 187 18 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 176 143 19 52
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 174 156 S3 20 2
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 171 146 21 91
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 139 21 14
CLONIDINE HCL 168 166 23 47
SIMVASTATIN 156 153 24 5
MIRTAZAPINE 150 143 25 57
NEXIUM 137 122 26 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 120 27 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 127 104 28 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 126 107 29 49
KLOR-CON M20 125 119 30 59
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 119 111 31 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 108 31 34
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 119 87 R 31 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 118 118 34 32
METOLAZONE 116 116 35 209
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 115 110 36 20
GLIPIZIDE ER 112 107 37 77
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 106 94 38 11
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 104 89 39 168
GEMFIBROZIL 101 89 40 119
SERTRALINE HCL 101 93 40 25
ROPINIROLE HCL 96 85 42 108
LANTUS 96 92 42 66
PAROXETINE HCL 95 75 44 73
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 93 45 101
DIGOXIN 92 92 46 67
VERAPAMIL ER 90 83 47 98
AZITHROMYCIN 89 79 48 39
PREDNISONE 89 81 48 33
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 87 78 50 93
CARVEDILOL 85 83 51 24
CLOPIDOGREL 83 76 52 31
RISPERIDONE 81 70 53 72
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 78 71 54 42
RESTASIS 77 77 55 291
ATENOLOL 77 72 55 28
GLIPIZIDE XL 75 75 57 95
GLIPIZIDE 75 75 57 56
CEPHALEXIN 72 63 59 103
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 68 60 48
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 61 61 128
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 38 R 62 53
CYMBALTA 59 47 63 44
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 56 63 62
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 51 63 173
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 56 63 75
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 58 51 67 176
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 57 55 68 149
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 56 31 69 134
PLAVIX 55 47 70 45
TAMIFLU 55 47 70 306
ALLOPURINOL 55 52 70 30
FENTANYL 53 39 S2 73 107
DIOVAN 50 49 74 37
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 50 32 74 96
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 Nov. 7, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.