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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,761Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 82 out of 1185

$756K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 101 out of 1185

536 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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

5% of this provider’s 536 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 536 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 8,853 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 623 319 S3 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 495 356 2 5
LISINOPRIL 410 235 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 379 223 4 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 316 281 5 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 303 252 6 1
FUROSEMIDE 300 214 7 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 299 202 8 18
RANITIDINE HCL 266 160 9 17
TRAMADOL HCL 242 168 10 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 237 154 11 10
LOVASTATIN 233 76 12 63
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 229 136 13 3
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 123 14 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 200 83 15 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 200 89 15 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 199 116 17 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 183 108 18 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 183 134 18 7
GABAPENTIN 178 116 20 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 176 83 21 12
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 170 49 22 81
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 168 119 23 26
ATENOLOL 158 98 24 28
NAMENDA 154 144 25 43
PROAIR HFA 152 45 26 50
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 151 45 27 29
ALLOPURINOL 150 128 28 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 148 124 29 32
METFORMIN HCL 147 59 30 9
PREDNISONE 146 75 31 33
CARVEDILOL 124 97 32 24
VENTOLIN HFA 123 44 33 83
MIRTAZAPINE 121 99 34 57
GLIMEPIRIDE 119 69 35 49
AZITHROMYCIN 115 55 36 39
NEXIUM 114 34 37 19
SERTRALINE HCL 112 77 38 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 76 39 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 106 81 40 34
METFORMIN HCL ER 105 39 41 35
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 104 34 R 42 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 103 52 43 60
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 93 70 44 111
LANTUS 93 54 44 66
CLOPIDOGREL 92 65 46 31
TRAZODONE HCL 89 59 47 38
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 69 48 79
CYMBALTA 83 24 49 44
PROMETHAZINE HCL 82 46 R 50 76
CRESTOR 75 35 51 23
PLAVIX 72 51 52 45
ACTOS 71 45 53 86
FINASTERIDE 70 70 54 132
GLIPIZIDE XL 68 24 55 95
DIOVAN HCT 66 56 56 46
LIPITOR 64 42 57 89
LYRICA 61 35 58 74
DOXEPIN HCL 60 0 59 211
FAMOTIDINE 59 45 60 69
CLONIDINE HCL 58 48 61 47
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 57 45 62 96
PAROXETINE HCL 57 53 62 73
SPIRIVA 56 44 64 64
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 35 R 65 51
MELOXICAM 55 26 65 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 42 67 40
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 36 68 41
GLIPIZIDE ER 53 11 68 77
CARBAMAZEPINE 53 17 68 183
LEVETIRACETAM 52 25 71 131
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 16 71 52
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 28 73 130
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 24 73 54
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. 23, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.