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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,272Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 112 out of 1185

$610K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 178 out of 1185

627 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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

7% of this provider’s 627 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 627 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 10,091 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 664 409 S3 1 2
LISINOPRIL 520 413 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 510 407 3 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 477 381 4 7
FUROSEMIDE 454 356 5 8
OMEPRAZOLE 393 305 6 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 387 316 7 1
METFORMIN HCL 270 207 8 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 259 213 9 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 256 178 10 22
TRAMADOL HCL 222 186 11 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 218 143 12 15
GABAPENTIN 211 129 13 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 207 168 14 26
SIMVASTATIN 203 190 15 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 192 142 16 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 189 170 17 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 181 163 18 10
FENOFIBRATE 177 137 19 55
NEXIUM 161 96 20 19
ALLOPURINOL 160 131 21 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 142 112 22 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 134 117 23 34
CRESTOR 132 102 24 23
GLIPIZIDE 130 96 25 56
ATENOLOL 124 121 26 28
RANITIDINE HCL 113 99 27 17
AZITHROMYCIN 113 85 27 39
CLOPIDOGREL 109 93 29 31
SERTRALINE HCL 108 104 30 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 95 31 14
OXYCODONE HCL 100 48 S2 32 70
BENAZEPRIL HCL 94 82 33 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 88 69 34 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 49 35 29
AMOXICILLIN 81 56 36 99
CARVEDILOL 80 61 37 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 59 38 62
MUPIROCIN 76 58 39 205
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 66 39 48
LIPITOR 73 68 41 89
MELOXICAM 73 48 41 27
DIOVAN 72 64 43 37
SYNTHROID 71 65 44 61
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 69 47 45 116
ACTOS 67 50 46 86
PLAVIX 67 64 46 45
PREDNISONE 63 45 48 33
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 31 49 52
TORSEMIDE 61 60 49 145
LOVASTATIN 59 40 51 63
GLIPIZIDE ER 58 58 52 77
TRICOR 57 46 53 125
KLOR-CON M20 57 35 53 59
DONEPEZIL HCL 57 57 53 32
CHOLESTYRAMINE 55 53 56 318
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 47 56 36
NIFEDIPINE ER 54 54 58 97
KETOCONAZOLE 53 21 59 199
VYTORIN 53 53 59 188
GLIPIZIDE XL 52 36 61 95
LANTUS 50 31 62 66
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 46 62 40
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 Aug. 1, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.