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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,847Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 149 out of 1185

$565K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 214 out of 1185

393 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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

4% of this provider’s 393 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 393 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 6,860 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% 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

30 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
LISINOPRIL 393 269 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 344 242 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 331 241 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 271 159 4 8
RANITIDINE HCL 256 111 5 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 251 119 S3 6 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 244 152 7 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 232 150 8 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 227 119 9 14
OMEPRAZOLE 224 121 10 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 219 163 11 7
TRAMADOL HCL 219 144 11 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 218 109 13 15
LOVASTATIN 213 143 14 63
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 204 132 15 18
METFORMIN HCL 202 118 16 9
SIMVASTATIN 178 114 17 5
ALLOPURINOL 161 73 18 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 101 19 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 145 68 20 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 128 65 21 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 118 59 22 29
NEXIUM 117 67 23 19
PROAIR HFA 117 62 23 50
SERTRALINE HCL 115 39 25 25
GABAPENTIN 110 53 26 13
VENTOLIN HFA 100 36 27 83
LYRICA 97 16 28 74
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 96 59 R 29 51
PREDNISONE 95 79 30 33
METFORMIN HCL ER 93 44 31 35
ATENOLOL 92 41 32 28
CLOPIDOGREL 91 52 33 31
CARVEDILOL 90 61 34 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 89 67 35 42
ESTRADIOL 86 22 R 36 126
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 85 64 37 62
GLIMEPIRIDE 83 39 38 49
CRESTOR 79 53 39 23
FAMOTIDINE 79 38 39 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 34 41 75
CLONIDINE HCL 74 29 41 47
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 72 49 43 65
VERAPAMIL ER 72 30 43 98
CYMBALTA 69 32 45 44
SPIRIVA 67 42 46 64
PROMETHAZINE HCL 65 14 R 47 76
HYDRALAZINE HCL 65 44 47 112
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 40 47 48
PLAVIX 64 37 50 45
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63 37 51 91
FLUOXETINE HCL 62 21 52 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 50 53 34
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 60 25 S3 53 146
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 58 53 55 173
CEPHALEXIN 57 34 56 103
DIGOXIN 57 57 56 67
CALCITONIN-SALMON 57 44 56 314
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 0 59 90
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 23 60 79
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 31 61 105
DIOVAN 54 43 61 37
LEXAPRO 52 23 63 227
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 52 39 R 63 88
COLCRYS 51 37 65 110
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 May 7, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.