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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,885Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 77 out of 1185

$832K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 1185

578 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 578 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 578 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 10,585 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 718 319 S3 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 563 381 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 551 430 3 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 496 368 4 7
FENOFIBRATE 495 382 5 55
LISINOPRIL 439 348 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 418 313 7 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 401 318 8 3
METFORMIN HCL ER 385 286 9 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 357 284 10 18
TRAMADOL HCL 261 193 11 16
FUROSEMIDE 229 178 12 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 214 125 13 15
BENAZEPRIL HCL 213 144 14 41
AZITHROMYCIN 206 141 15 39
GLIMEPIRIDE 202 142 16 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 198 146 17 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 195 158 18 26
CARVEDILOL 192 167 19 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 184 156 20 12
OXYCODONE HCL 181 92 S2 21 70
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 174 128 22 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 136 113 23 22
PROAIR HFA 132 91 24 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 129 108 25 40
NEXIUM 124 86 26 19
NIASPAN 123 84 27 121
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 123 98 27 10
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 107 29 36
GABAPENTIN 117 55 30 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 112 83 31 29
METFORMIN HCL 111 64 32 9
TRAZODONE HCL 109 68 33 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 91 34 14
CRESTOR 99 49 35 23
MELOXICAM 99 87 35 27
SERTRALINE HCL 97 70 37 25
RANITIDINE HCL 92 74 38 17
PROMETHAZINE HCL 91 40 R 39 76
NAMENDA 91 91 39 43
ATENOLOL 89 69 41 28
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 89 77 41 105
CYMBALTA 86 37 43 44
VERAPAMIL ER 84 62 44 98
SPIRIVA 83 63 45 64
AMOXICILLIN 83 56 45 99
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 79 32 R 47 51
ALLOPURINOL 77 66 48 30
LYRICA 74 38 49 74
TRICOR 74 61 49 125
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 55 51 58
MIRTAZAPINE 64 44 52 57
TIZANIDINE HCL 63 25 53 113
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 51 53 137
KLOR-CON M20 62 43 55 59
DIOVAN 59 54 56 37
LIPITOR 59 57 56 89
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 35 58 54
CELEBREX 56 55 59 85
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 55 11 R 60 53
MECLIZINE HCL 54 39 61 115
WARFARIN SODIUM 54 49 61 21
ESTRADIOL 53 22 R 63 126
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53 47 63 34
INDAPAMIDE 52 42 65 237
FELODIPINE ER 51 51 66 206
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. 2, 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.