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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,989Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 298 out of 1185

$424K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 360 out of 1185

368 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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
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this specialty
in South Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 368 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 368 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 6,460 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 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 405 346 1 3
LISINOPRIL 393 331 2 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 393 290 S3 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 335 302 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 300 266 5 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 243 234 6 12
GABAPENTIN 240 185 7 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 232 191 8 15
OMEPRAZOLE 228 159 9 6
MIRTAZAPINE 181 160 10 57
CITALOPRAM HBR 155 107 11 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 142 127 12 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 133 120 13 11
SERTRALINE HCL 124 106 14 25
FUROSEMIDE 111 84 15 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 109 96 16 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 109 81 16 18
PROAIR HFA 101 73 18 50
CRESTOR 96 90 19 23
METFORMIN HCL 95 88 20 9
TRAMADOL HCL 90 81 21 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 82 65 22 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 79 23 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 78 24 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 78 60 24 7
CYMBALTA 77 25 26 44
DIOVAN 75 64 27 37
MELOXICAM 71 43 28 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 70 62 29 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 66 64 30 20
PREDNISONE 64 44 31 33
ESTRADIOL 58 40 R 32 126
SINGULAIR 55 39 33 106
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 33 34 58
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 54 46 34 10
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 25 36 54
CARVEDILOL 51 51 37 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 40 38 14
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 June 25, 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.