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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,352Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 1185

$933K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 1185

486 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

9% of this provider’s 486 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 486 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 10,223 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

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 881 435 S3 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 541 299 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 500 350 3 3
TRAMADOL HCL 500 212 3 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 416 272 5 7
FUROSEMIDE 381 296 6 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 376 241 7 18
LISINOPRIL 370 224 8 4
GABAPENTIN 370 143 8 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 368 260 10 10
METFORMIN HCL 355 202 11 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 322 266 12 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 270 164 13 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 260 122 14 22
RANITIDINE HCL 231 141 15 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 224 169 16 1
SIMVASTATIN 199 127 17 5
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 180 107 18 14
NEXIUM 174 114 19 19
TRAZODONE HCL 173 78 20 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 124 21 12
ROPINIROLE HCL 169 101 22 108
TORSEMIDE 161 117 23 145
CARVEDILOL 153 102 24 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 152 109 25 34
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 149 110 26 65
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 145 111 27 20
CYMBALTA 139 15 28 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 133 68 29 52
MIRTAZAPINE 132 107 30 57
AMOXICILLIN 121 90 31 99
SERTRALINE HCL 119 56 32 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 117 35 33 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 113 107 34 48
COMBIVENT 109 48 35 124
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 109 76 35 62
PROMETHAZINE HCL 107 35 R 37 76
AZITHROMYCIN 104 54 38 39
PREDNISONE 100 61 39 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 99 56 40 11
KLOR-CON 10 98 51 41 118
MELOXICAM 98 30 41 27
LYRICA 97 33 43 74
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 96 38 R 44 51
METFORMIN HCL ER 95 53 45 35
PROAIR HFA 95 34 45 50
CLOPIDOGREL 94 60 47 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 92 39 48 96
HYDROXYZINE HCL 90 18 R 49 169
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 89 66 50 116
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 88 41 51 91
CRESTOR 87 38 52 23
INSULIN SYRINGE 86 59 53 90
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 85 46 54 140
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 84 46 55 93
JANTOVEN 84 76 55 136
PLAVIX 84 59 55 45
NAMENDA 81 79 58 43
TOPIRAMATE 80 12 59 151
BUPROPION HCL 77 27 60 304
SINGULAIR 74 30 61 106
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 74 53 61 84
LACTULOSE 73 43 63 177
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 44 63 54
DIGOXIN 72 72 65 67
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 72 0 R 65 53
CLONIDINE HCL 71 45 67 47
ALLOPURINOL 70 69 68 30
SYMBICORT 69 29 69 144
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 68 54 70 40
BACLOFEN 66 13 71 150
VENTOLIN HFA 66 16 71 83
ATENOLOL 65 35 73 28
RISPERIDONE 64 23 74 72
DONEPEZIL HCL 62 62 75 32
FAMOTIDINE 62 48 75 69
SPIRIVA 61 46 77 64
FENTANYL 60 37 S2 78 107
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 34 78 42
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 60 44 78 130
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 58 57 81 26
LANTUS 56 45 82 66
VERAPAMIL ER 56 30 82 98
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 55 36 84 143
JANUVIA 55 38 84 68
ACTOS 54 40 86 86
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 54 54 R 86 88
AMITIZA 52 14 88 218
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. 17, 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.