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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,961Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 120 out of 1185

$624K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 168 out of 1185

445 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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 445 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 445 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 12,313 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 783 763 1 1
LISINOPRIL 564 525 2 4
METFORMIN HCL 413 383 3 9
FUROSEMIDE 397 380 4 8
LOVASTATIN 378 358 5 63
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 314 287 6 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 305 305 7 10
SIMVASTATIN 287 287 8 5
CARVEDILOL 256 237 9 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 240 233 10 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 236 225 11 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 232 218 12 3
OMEPRAZOLE 216 211 13 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 176 176 14 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 174 161 15 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 170 169 16 21
ALLOPURINOL 169 151 17 30
LANTUS 162 162 18 66
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 155 19 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 157 157 20 20
ATENOLOL 155 143 21 28
CRESTOR 152 135 22 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 145 145 23 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 144 134 24 18
RISPERIDONE 140 136 25 72
DIGOXIN 134 134 26 67
NAMENDA 131 131 27 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 130 129 28 34
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 123 96 S3 29 2
GABAPENTIN 118 105 30 13
MIRTAZAPINE 114 111 31 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 112 104 32 48
METFORMIN HCL ER 104 99 33 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 104 104 33 22
COLCRYS 97 91 35 110
DIOVAN 94 86 36 37
BUSPIRONE HCL 90 81 37 148
SYNTHROID 79 64 38 61
KLOR-CON M20 77 77 39 59
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75 63 40 15
NOVOLOG 75 74 40 127
CLONIDINE HCL 74 70 42 47
FAMOTIDINE 72 72 43 69
GLIPIZIDE ER 70 68 44 77
NEXIUM 69 46 45 19
LEVETIRACETAM 69 69 45 131
LATANOPROST 67 67 47 274
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 66 48 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 62 49 54
TRAMADOL HCL 62 61 49 16
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 59 58 51 79
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 57 51 75
KLOR-CON M10 55 55 53 141
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 46 54 60
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 50 55 29
EXELON 51 51 56 120
LYRICA 51 48 56 74
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. 30, 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.