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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,792Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 1185

$757K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 100 out of 1185

663 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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 663 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 663 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 14,960 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
LISINOPRIL 692 608 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 571 531 2 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 549 484 3 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 467 432 4 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 462 451 5 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 411 383 6 12
METFORMIN HCL 410 342 7 9
GABAPENTIN 351 307 8 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 348 313 9 18
OMEPRAZOLE 345 294 10 6
SIMVASTATIN 337 313 11 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 336 336 12 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 300 294 13 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 296 266 S3 14 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 255 234 15 7
VERAPAMIL ER 237 227 16 98
RISPERIDONE 234 220 17 72
FAMOTIDINE 233 158 18 69
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 222 214 19 20
PAROXETINE HCL 221 206 20 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 210 196 21 48
SERTRALINE HCL 204 190 22 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 196 179 23 11
NAMENDA 169 169 24 43
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 167 148 R 25 51
TRAZODONE HCL 159 145 26 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 155 141 27 22
PREDNISONE 152 139 28 33
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 145 137 29 84
DIGOXIN 141 140 30 67
COLCRYS 137 137 31 110
CEPHALEXIN 135 112 32 103
ATENOLOL 126 111 33 28
GLYBURIDE 124 110 R 34 100
LANTUS 122 69 35 66
HYDRALAZINE HCL 120 113 36 112
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110 104 37 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108 98 38 29
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 108 95 38 71
DIOVAN 106 89 40 37
CLOPIDOGREL 106 89 40 31
RANITIDINE HCL 105 93 42 17
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 105 90 42 91
MECLIZINE HCL 98 94 44 115
ALLOPURINOL 96 86 45 30
NEXIUM 95 73 46 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 65 47 60
CARVEDILOL 87 86 48 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 83 49 26
PLAVIX 83 73 50 45
LEVETIRACETAM 83 55 50 131
CEFUROXIME 80 73 52 154
CLONIDINE HCL 79 62 53 47
CRESTOR 73 56 54 23
SYNTHROID 72 66 55 61
GLIPIZIDE 70 62 56 56
MIRTAZAPINE 68 56 57 57
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 65 57 52
CYMBALTA 68 63 57 44
FENTANYL 67 65 S2 60 107
QUINAPRIL HCL 66 58 61 184
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 60 61 34
NOVOLOG 65 48 63 127
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 64 61 64 93
PROAIR HFA 62 62 65 50
NABUMETONE 55 43 66 165
TRAMADOL HCL 53 51 67 16
MELOXICAM 52 51 68 27
CILOSTAZOL 51 39 69 222
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 50 19 70 158
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 April 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.