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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,499Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 19

$1.47M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 19

446 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

16% of this provider’s 446 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 446 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 25,442 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

59 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 36.


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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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,794 1,767 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,298 1,285 2 2
NAMENDA 1,230 1,218 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 870 858 4 3
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 658 648 5 12
NYSTATIN 604 588 10 6 56
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 557 535 7 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 542 530 8 9
EXELON 484 484 9 26
LISINOPRIL 470 444 10 7
MIRTAZAPINE 448 448 11 17
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 444 444 12 16
RANITIDINE HCL 443 443 13 21
KLOR-CON 10 441 441 10 14 53
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 431 415 15 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 364 348 16 6
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 315 288 17 44
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 303 291 18 25
TRAZODONE HCL 270 266 19 24
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 256 226 20 69
CITALOPRAM HBR 256 256 20 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 250 249 S3 22 8
CARVEDILOL 246 234 23 22
FAMOTIDINE 243 226 24 36
SIMVASTATIN 236 223 25 15
TRAMADOL HCL 232 231 26 23
METFORMIN HCL 227 212 27 20
OMEPRAZOLE 225 215 28 14
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 209 209 29 61
GABAPENTIN 202 195 30 10
CEFTRIAXONE 201 200 31 87
LIDOCAINE HCL 201 200 31 102
LANTUS 199 199 33 29
AZITHROMYCIN 196 194 34 89
DIGOXIN 188 188 35 47
HUMALOG 186 166 36 95
METHADOSE 184 0 S2 10 37 146
PREDNISONE 177 177 38 28
CLOPIDOGREL 175 175 39 38
LEXAPRO 168 166 40 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 167 166 41 57
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 160 160 42 31
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 152 147 43 100
CYMBALTA 147 119 44 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 140 130 45 40
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 139 127 46 94
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 132 114 47 45
SPIRONOLACTONE 132 132 47 93
LEVETIRACETAM 128 109 49 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 128 128 49 30
ROPINIROLE HCL 125 97 51 88
SERTRALINE HCL 118 114 52 18
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 118 112 52 62
FLUCONAZOLE 115 113 54 108
LEVOFLOXACIN 112 111 55 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 108 56 39
HYDROXYZINE HCL 105 94 R 57 97
KETOCONAZOLE 101 89 58 148
SINGLE USE SWAB 101 101 58 122
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 99 98 60 145
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 98 98 61 106
AGGRENOX 96 84 62 153
HYDRALAZINE HCL 95 83 63 66
DILTIAZEM HCL 91 91 64 74
CEFADROXIL 88 88 65 178
TORSEMIDE 88 88 65 117
PLAVIX 88 88 65 67
NITROFURANTOIN 86 86 68 114
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 86 86 68 58
RAMIPRIL 84 84 70 180
AMOXICILLIN 84 83 70 156
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 80 76 72 33
RESTASIS 80 80 72 112
ABILIFY 79 77 74 78
SEROQUEL 79 79 74 64
DIOVAN 79 79 74 51
LATANOPROST 78 78 77 86
NYAMYC 77 70 78 183
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 77 77 78 105
LEVEMIR 76 65 80 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 64 81 68
METOLAZONE 75 75 81 101
NYSTOP 75 72 81 137
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 72 72 84 50
VOLTAREN 71 64 85 187
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 71 71 85 187
MONOJECT INSULIN SYRINGE 70 70 87 189
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 68 68 88 192
ZETIA 66 54 89 160
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 66 66 89 110
ALLOPURINOL 65 65 91 59
BACLOFEN 65 39 91 71
ATENOLOL 64 64 93 54
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 64 64 93 120
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 59 95 32
NOVOLOG 62 54 96 60
SUCRALFATE 62 62 96 205
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 62 48 96 76
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 62 46 96 128
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 55 100 77
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 60 101 34
ONDANSETRON HCL 58 58 102 144
PATANOL 58 58 102 210
TRAVATAN Z 57 57 104 91
CHOLESTYRAMINE 57 56 104 214
BUDESONIDE 56 56 106 129
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 54 54 107 222
ALPHAGAN P 54 54 107 222
NEXIUM 53 45 109 43
GALANTAMINE HBR 51 51 110 229
VESICARE 51 51 110 169
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 50 112 104
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 Feb. 23, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.