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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,990Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 1185

$944K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 1185

490 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

20% of this provider’s 490 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 490 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,607 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

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 1,052 584 S3 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 558 407 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 472 299 3 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 454 301 4 15
FUROSEMIDE 452 303 5 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 426 288 6 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 374 248 7 10
RANITIDINE HCL 347 213 8 17
ENDOCET 343 68 S2 9 80
SIMVASTATIN 334 227 10 5
GABAPENTIN 322 168 11 13
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 313 193 12 62
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 303 247 13 1
NEXIUM 294 148 14 19
METFORMIN HCL 292 193 15 9
LEVOFLOXACIN 288 161 16 109
LISINOPRIL 247 160 17 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 238 183 18 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 232 184 19 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 216 140 20 20
CEFUROXIME 204 125 21 154
CITALOPRAM HBR 185 102 22 22
CLOPIDOGREL 181 115 23 31
SERTRALINE HCL 176 116 24 25
FLUOXETINE HCL 176 96 24 52
SYNTHROID 167 92 26 61
ALLOPURINOL 160 120 27 30
PREDNISONE 160 90 27 33
BENAZEPRIL HCL 159 133 29 41
PROMETHAZINE HCL 158 61 R 30 76
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 113 31 34
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 142 30 R 32 51
CYMBALTA 140 63 33 44
WARFARIN SODIUM 137 107 34 21
PROAIR HFA 136 68 35 50
AMOXICILLIN 133 77 36 99
TRAMADOL HCL 130 91 37 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 129 81 38 48
CRESTOR 127 78 39 23
PLAVIX 126 92 40 45
CARISOPRODOL 125 22 R 41 87
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 121 70 42 18
FLUCONAZOLE 120 39 43 147
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 111 44 12
OXYCODONE HCL 113 0 S2 45 70
DIOVAN HCT 111 62 46 46
GLIPIZIDE 107 89 47 56
VENTOLIN HFA 103 27 48 83
TRAZODONE HCL 102 54 49 38
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 102 25 R 49 53
ATENOLOL 101 49 51 28
ESTRADIOL 99 62 R 52 126
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 98 77 53 79
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 96 18 S2 54 82
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 35 55 54
MECLIZINE HCL 95 78 55 115
GLYBURIDE 95 50 R 55 100
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 95 69 55 143
CELEBREX 94 60 59 85
SPIRIVA 91 50 60 64
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 90 64 61 71
DIOVAN 89 54 62 37
AZITHROMYCIN 88 58 63 39
CARVEDILOL 87 56 64 24
METFORMIN HCL ER 83 51 65 35
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 64 66 36
DIGOXIN 79 55 67 67
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 78 21 S2 68 211
LYRICA 77 26 69 74
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 41 69 14
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 29 71 75
PAROXETINE HCL 70 25 71 73
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 50 73 123
KLOR-CON M20 68 41 73 59
RAMIPRIL 65 49 75 135
VERAPAMIL ER 63 43 76 98
KLOR-CON 10 63 63 76 118
NITROFURANTOIN 63 51 76 225
LIPITOR 62 54 79 89
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 61 42 80 149
IBUPROFEN 60 44 81 102
MELOXICAM 59 56 82 27
FENTANYL 59 14 S2 82 107
PREMARIN 59 46 R 82 152
NITROSTAT 59 34 82 196
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 58 25 86 91
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 42 87 90
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 33 88 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 52 42 89 58
ROPINIROLE HCL 52 39 89 108
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 52 29 89 81
TIZANIDINE HCL 51 16 92 113
HYDROXYZINE HCL 51 18 R 92 169
SINGULAIR 50 14 94 106
COLCRYS 50 40 94 110
ACYCLOVIR 50 19 94 312
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 Sept. 13, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.