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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,536Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 159 out of 1185

$600K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 190 out of 1185

375 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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 375 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 375 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,027 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 452 381 1 7
METFORMIN HCL ER 394 288 2 35
OMEPRAZOLE 375 287 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 331 253 4 3
LISINOPRIL 288 250 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 279 216 6 8
SIMVASTATIN 279 225 6 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 270 243 8 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 254 187 9 15
RANITIDINE HCL 251 218 10 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 207 104 S3 11 2
SYNTHROID 185 147 12 61
GABAPENTIN 169 131 13 13
NAPROXEN 161 122 14 92
CITALOPRAM HBR 160 110 15 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 159 111 16 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 159 110 16 10
TRAMADOL HCL 158 132 18 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 119 19 14
METFORMIN HCL 146 96 20 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 134 116 21 26
GLIPIZIDE ER 134 80 21 77
BENAZEPRIL HCL 127 116 23 41
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 86 24 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 99 25 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 102 26 12
CRESTOR 102 75 27 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 102 83 27 32
TIZANIDINE HCL 101 80 29 113
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 100 80 30 29
EVISTA 98 96 31 138
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 98 91 31 18
GLIPIZIDE XL 98 84 31 95
BUSPIRONE HCL 96 93 34 148
CARVEDILOL 88 81 35 24
ACTOS 85 71 36 86
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 75 37 34
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 68 37 40
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 53 39 101
TERAZOSIN HCL 75 71 40 155
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 74 41 58
ALLOPURINOL 70 61 42 30
DIOVAN 68 48 43 37
NIFEDIPINE ER 67 67 44 97
MIRTAZAPINE 67 45 44 57
NAMENDA 67 67 44 43
NEXIUM 65 47 47 19
CLONIDINE HCL 64 47 48 47
CLOPIDOGREL 62 62 49 31
LEVOXYL 62 55 49 201
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 60 57 51 129
WARFARIN SODIUM 59 34 52 21
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 27 53 52
CEFDINIR 58 49 53 172
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 50 55 173
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 34 55 79
FENOFIBRATE 56 41 57 55
ESTRADIOL 56 29 R 57 126
SERTRALINE HCL 55 45 59 25
PEN NEEDLE 54 44 60 139
GLIPIZIDE 50 46 61 56
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. 17, 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.