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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,462Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 68 out of 1185

$811K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 84 out of 1185

588 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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

5% of this provider’s 588 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 588 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 11,491 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

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 608 459 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 485 334 S3 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 475 370 3 5
LISINOPRIL 474 375 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 450 390 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 435 314 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 429 340 7 9
FUROSEMIDE 329 253 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 291 254 9 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 259 173 10 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 246 221 11 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 239 202 12 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 233 198 13 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 226 162 14 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 208 177 15 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 206 183 16 18
GABAPENTIN 203 180 17 13
TRAMADOL HCL 199 138 18 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 185 127 19 40
SERTRALINE HCL 176 89 20 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 159 122 21 26
FENOFIBRATE 155 132 22 55
NEXIUM 151 100 23 19
TRAZODONE HCL 143 110 24 38
CYMBALTA 143 59 24 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 136 112 26 11
SYNTHROID 136 127 26 61
ATENOLOL 128 100 28 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 122 29 14
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 88 30 36
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 124 99 31 65
CLOPIDOGREL 122 113 32 31
CARVEDILOL 122 118 32 24
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 121 77 R 34 51
GLIPIZIDE ER 116 103 35 77
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 115 89 36 71
ESTRADIOL 110 69 R 37 126
ALLOPURINOL 108 108 38 30
CRESTOR 103 82 39 23
MELOXICAM 103 98 39 27
PROAIR HFA 102 78 41 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 100 73 42 79
DIGOXIN 97 97 43 67
VERAPAMIL ER 97 59 43 98
PLAVIX 94 89 45 45
JANUVIA 92 65 46 68
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 87 27 R 47 53
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 61 47 58
SPIRIVA 84 63 49 64
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 73 50 54
LYRICA 78 62 51 74
DONEPEZIL HCL 76 76 52 32
DIOVAN HCT 72 70 53 46
CARBAMAZEPINE 72 11 53 183
AZITHROMYCIN 71 48 55 39
CLONIDINE HCL 71 55 55 47
FLUOXETINE HCL 70 33 57 52
CELEBREX 68 57 58 85
TOPIRAMATE 66 0 59 151
PREMARIN 63 30 R 60 152
RANITIDINE HCL 62 36 61 17
DIOVAN 62 59 61 37
GLIPIZIDE XL 61 47 63 95
LIPITOR 61 43 63 89
LOVASTATIN 61 39 63 63
BYSTOLIC 59 59 66 114
MECLIZINE HCL 59 49 66 115
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 55 46 68 42
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 43 68 41
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 38 68 75
KLOR-CON 10 55 26 68 118
TAMSULOSIN HCL 54 42 72 34
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 53 0 R 73 254
LANTUS 53 34 73 66
ZETIA 52 35 75 78
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 48 S2 76 94
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 33 77 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 50 30 77 60
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 Dec. 13, 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.