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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,462Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 132 out of 1185

$636K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 161 out of 1185

576 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

8% of this provider’s 576 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 576 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 10,314 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 519 431 1 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 403 360 2 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 370 250 S3 3 2
LISINOPRIL 365 276 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 295 248 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 268 225 6 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 258 233 7 1
METFORMIN HCL 252 193 8 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 242 169 9 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 231 209 10 71
GLIMEPIRIDE 227 209 11 49
TRAMADOL HCL 218 194 12 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 182 13 12
MELOXICAM 212 178 14 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 166 144 15 11
TRAZODONE HCL 163 147 16 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 157 134 17 26
SYNTHROID 155 142 18 61
FUROSEMIDE 149 124 19 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 143 103 20 15
GABAPENTIN 142 133 21 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 137 119 22 18
AZITHROMYCIN 132 101 23 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 128 127 24 42
CYMBALTA 123 73 25 44
LANTUS 110 106 26 66
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 107 80 27 58
ATENOLOL 102 92 28 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 98 98 29 32
CLONIDINE HCL 96 72 30 47
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 94 86 31 10
ALPRAZOLAM 91 89 32 223
CARVEDILOL 90 63 33 24
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 69 34 101
DIOVAN 87 75 35 37
ESTRADIOL 85 64 R 36 126
NEXIUM 85 45 36 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 59 38 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74 58 39 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 63 40 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 59 41 62
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 68 57 42 81
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 61 42 29
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 35 S2 42 94
CRESTOR 66 46 45 23
CARISOPRODOL 66 33 R 45 87
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 64 47 47 20
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 55 48 52
TRICOR 60 45 49 125
SERTRALINE HCL 60 49 49 25
CELEBREX 58 58 51 85
LORAZEPAM 57 45 52 226
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 56 44 53 252
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 38 54 41
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 52 47 55 104
BUPROPION HCL SR 51 33 56 166
LYRICA 51 35 56 74
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 50 56 79
FENOFIBRATE 50 49 59 55
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 36 59 140
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. 16, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.