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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,877Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 182 out of 1185

$628K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 166 out of 1185

554 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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

2% of this provider’s 554 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 554 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 8,697 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

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 500 359 S3 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 396 324 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 379 328 3 5
GABAPENTIN 283 230 4 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 282 244 5 15
OMEPRAZOLE 278 202 6 6
TRAMADOL HCL 218 142 7 16
METFORMIN HCL 168 134 8 9
FUROSEMIDE 156 136 9 8
MELOXICAM 151 108 10 27
NEXIUM 150 119 11 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 149 119 12 11
LISINOPRIL 147 129 13 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 134 131 14 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 130 115 15 1
TIZANIDINE HCL 126 92 16 113
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 117 17 12
HYDROXYZINE HCL 124 90 R 18 169
SERTRALINE HCL 122 78 19 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 120 105 20 7
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 120 104 20 128
CEPHALEXIN 116 88 22 103
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 93 23 34
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 105 84 24 62
DONEPEZIL HCL 105 103 24 32
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 104 85 26 168
CRESTOR 100 93 27 23
IMIPRAMINE HCL 99 32 R 28 335
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 97 74 29 18
PREDNISONE 97 73 29 33
GEMFIBROZIL 90 65 31 119
RANITIDINE HCL 80 61 32 17
CHLORTHALIDONE 79 64 33 117
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 54 34 14
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 77 64 35 91
SINGULAIR 77 55 35 106
WARFARIN SODIUM 74 57 37 21
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 72 38 101
CLOPIDOGREL 70 57 39 31
MECLIZINE HCL 69 63 40 115
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 68 55 41 71
SYNTHROID 65 52 42 61
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 64 60 43 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 64 61 43 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 62 57 45 49
METOLAZONE 61 48 46 209
ALLOPURINOL 60 54 47 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 54 48 36
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 59 41 48 186
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 45 50 41
ACTOS 54 31 51 86
AZITHROMYCIN 54 36 51 39
NAMENDA 53 53 53 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 50 54 29
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 51 43 55 185
DIOVAN HCT 51 37 55 46
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 51 28 55 287
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 50 44 58 116
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 Oct. 22, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.