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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,945Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 1185

$905K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 55 out of 1185

826 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

2% of this provider’s 826 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 826 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 14,301 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% 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

23 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 833 696 1 5
LISINOPRIL 760 624 2 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 605 520 3 12
OMEPRAZOLE 602 465 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 539 471 5 3
METFORMIN HCL 479 364 6 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 477 276 S3 7 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 443 387 8 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 364 277 9 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 359 311 10 10
FUROSEMIDE 352 254 11 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 307 214 12 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 287 228 13 14
NEXIUM 269 159 14 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 261 184 15 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 256 239 16 18
TRAMADOL HCL 234 173 17 16
GABAPENTIN 234 154 17 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 226 201 19 20
AZITHROMYCIN 223 155 20 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 215 175 21 26
CARVEDILOL 214 191 22 24
SERTRALINE HCL 191 132 23 25
METFORMIN HCL ER 181 161 24 35
RANITIDINE HCL 172 109 25 17
CLONIDINE HCL 166 143 26 47
MELOXICAM 166 131 26 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 163 161 28 32
CRESTOR 147 120 29 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 147 129 29 36
BENAZEPRIL HCL 146 114 31 41
GLIPIZIDE XL 143 126 32 95
GLIPIZIDE ER 139 106 33 77
ATENOLOL 127 118 34 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 102 35 34
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 115 82 36 91
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 114 96 37 40
VERAPAMIL ER 113 83 38 98
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 76 39 11
PROAIR HFA 107 75 40 50
JANUVIA 105 87 41 68
NIFEDIPINE ER 101 101 42 97
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 100 83 43 81
PLAVIX 99 88 44 45
CLOPIDOGREL 98 91 45 31
PAROXETINE HCL 97 60 46 73
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 90 83 47 123
ALLOPURINOL 88 64 48 30
KLOR-CON M20 87 59 49 59
MECLIZINE HCL 87 66 49 115
SYNTHROID 87 75 49 61
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 86 81 R 52 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 50 52 29
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 86 68 52 62
CITALOPRAM HBR 85 58 55 22
AMOXICILLIN 84 57 56 99
FINASTERIDE 82 51 57 132
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 80 61 58 84
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 80 61 R 58 88
DIGOXIN 80 57 58 67
VENTOLIN HFA 80 14 58 83
RAMIPRIL 72 72 62 135
CYMBALTA 69 31 63 44
LANTUS 69 37 63 66
LYRICA 69 46 63 74
NAMENDA 69 69 63 43
QUINAPRIL HCL 67 55 67 184
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 63 68 71
PROMETHAZINE HCL 66 22 R 68 76
DIOVAN HCT 65 33 70 46
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 57 71 101
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 24 71 54
COLCRYS 64 52 71 110
FENOFIBRATE 63 52 74 55
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 26 74 93
TERAZOSIN HCL 62 57 76 155
PREDNISONE 62 48 76 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 62 53 76 48
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 62 50 76 65
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 61 51 80 143
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 22 81 52
SINGULAIR 59 41 81 106
DIOVAN 56 45 83 37
GLIMEPIRIDE 55 52 84 49
LOVASTATIN 55 55 84 63
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54 13 86 79
SYMBICORT 54 48 86 144
WELCHOL 54 37 86 194
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 54 40 86 168
AVODART 53 42 90 217
DOXEPIN HCL 53 38 90 211
CELEBREX 52 43 92 85
CEFUROXIME 51 37 93 154
NAPROXEN 51 22 93 92
INSULIN SYRINGE 50 24 95 90
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50 44 95 42
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 Sept. 23, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.