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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,519Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 407 out of 1185

$385K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 395 out of 1185

359 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
8% 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

9% of this provider’s 359 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 359 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,183 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% 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

18 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 272 254 1 3
LISINOPRIL 241 219 2 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 229 227 3 10
SIMVASTATIN 196 192 4 5
SERTRALINE HCL 195 190 5 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 181 157 6 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 165 140 7 11
FUROSEMIDE 139 137 8 8
OMEPRAZOLE 133 132 9 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 115 113 10 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 108 107 11 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 108 108 11 22
PREDNISONE 107 105 13 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 91 88 14 15
GABAPENTIN 84 78 15 13
MELOXICAM 83 81 16 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 77 S3 17 2
CARVEDILOL 63 63 18 24
TRAMADOL HCL 63 63 18 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 60 20 48
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 55 55 21 123
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 54 41 22 96
CLOPIDOGREL 52 46 23 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 52 52 23 58
PLAVIX 51 47 25 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 46 26 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 50 49 26 34
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 50 48 26 158
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 Aug. 28, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.