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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,347Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 56 out of 1185

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 1185

614 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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

6% of this provider’s 614 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 614 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 15,498 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 739 703 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 691 679 2 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 547 514 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 494 468 4 6
NAMENDA 480 478 5 43
FUROSEMIDE 409 393 6 8
LISINOPRIL 373 357 7 4
SIMVASTATIN 348 324 8 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 337 315 9 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 335 332 10 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 294 284 11 79
EXELON 271 270 12 120
GABAPENTIN 266 247 13 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 264 254 S3 14 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 251 249 15 32
METFORMIN HCL 242 228 16 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 238 225 17 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 214 207 18 11
TRAMADOL HCL 210 202 19 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 207 207 20 96
LOVASTATIN 202 190 21 63
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 186 174 22 60
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 179 173 23 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 173 170 24 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 167 166 25 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 162 157 26 22
GLYBURIDE 160 159 R 27 100
RANITIDINE HCL 151 126 28 17
ATENOLOL 144 144 29 28
KLOR-CON M20 143 136 30 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 142 125 31 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 136 131 32 20
MIRTAZAPINE 135 135 33 57
BENAZEPRIL HCL 132 128 34 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 130 120 35 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 125 112 36 29
PREDNISONE 110 106 37 33
SERTRALINE HCL 102 81 38 25
CARVEDILOL 100 99 39 24
TRAZODONE HCL 100 95 39 38
NIFEDIPINE ER 99 99 41 97
DIOVAN 94 90 42 37
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 91 43 36
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 92 91 43 203
NEXIUM 91 75 45 19
DIGOXIN 90 90 46 67
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 81 46 14
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 85 48 137
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 84 84 49 174
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 83 55 50 164
CYMBALTA 73 70 51 44
SPIRIVA 73 72 51 64
LEXAPRO 72 72 53 227
CRESTOR 70 69 54 23
HYDRALAZINE HCL 70 70 54 112
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 68 68 56 58
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 67 57 62
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 60 58 75
CLONIDINE HCL 66 56 58 47
CLOPIDOGREL 64 58 60 31
ALLOPURINOL 60 59 61 30
ABILIFY 59 50 62 192
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 45 63 105
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 58 53 63 157
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 57 53 65 129
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 53 65 104
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 56 56 67 93
PLAVIX 56 49 67 45
NOVOLOG 56 47 67 127
DIOVAN HCT 54 54 70 46
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 48 71 142
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 51 72 54
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 50 35 73 158
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 July 8, 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.