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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,671Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 216

$900K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 216

401 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

4% of this provider’s 401 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 401 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,288 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 797 605 1 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 751 335 S3 2 38
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 591 417 3 35
CARVEDILOL 548 408 4 1
LISINOPRIL 513 356 5 3
CRESTOR 507 326 6 15
METFORMIN HCL 376 250 7 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 376 306 7 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 373 252 9 4
GABAPENTIN 356 255 10 62
FUROSEMIDE 306 217 11 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 301 230 12 2
GLIMEPIRIDE 295 204 13 70
CEFDINIR 294 205 10 14 81
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 292 216 15 66
DIGOXIN 249 199 16 14
NEXIUM 209 162 17 56
SYNTHROID 206 175 18 64
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 204 165 19 19
JANUVIA 199 149 20 78
COUMADIN 184 146 21 52
RANITIDINE HCL 179 124 22 51
SERTRALINE HCL 176 139 23 77
OMEPRAZOLE 169 117 24 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 168 129 25 10
CLOPIDOGREL 145 128 26 9
SPIRIVA 129 108 27 109
METFORMIN HCL ER 129 109 27 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 124 107 29 73
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 94 30 41
TRAZODONE HCL 114 89 31 119
PLAVIX 114 114 31 12
ZETIA 112 71 33 31
NIASPAN 111 81 34 44
KLOR-CON M20 109 94 35 30
CYMBALTA 106 64 36 123
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 101 69 37 11
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 100 77 38 85
NAMENDA 99 99 39 94
AMIODARONE HCL 93 91 40 22
SPIRONOLACTONE 90 59 41 21
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 88 52 42 134
CARISOPRODOL 87 42 R 43 136
TRAMADOL HCL 83 48 44 71
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 79 45 105
SYMBICORT 79 63 46 140
DEXILANT 79 42 46 140
INDAPAMIDE 77 53 48 143
VERAPAMIL ER 76 55 49 86
WARFARIN SODIUM 73 73 50 7
MELOXICAM 72 51 51 68
AZITHROMYCIN 70 53 52 92
LYRICA 69 48 53 114
PREDNISONE 69 44 53 98
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 68 46 55 48
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 46 R 56 117
ATENOLOL 64 31 56 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 64 53 56 13
HYDRALAZINE HCL 63 52 59 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 63 21 59 111
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 52 61 159
LANTUS 54 29 62 94
AVELOX 54 41 62 166
GLIPIZIDE 53 35 64 168
BENICAR 52 36 65 104
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 29 66 32
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 July 8, 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.