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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,429Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 105 out of 1185

$649K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 153 out of 1185

502 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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 502 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 502 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 9,540 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

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 873 519 S3 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 475 379 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 380 285 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 367 312 4 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 337 175 5 15
METFORMIN HCL 326 238 6 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 325 272 7 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 289 249 8 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 269 192 9 10
NEXIUM 257 176 10 19
MELOXICAM 256 196 11 27
OMEPRAZOLE 255 166 12 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 236 169 13 49
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 217 155 14 7
GABAPENTIN 215 141 15 13
VERAPAMIL ER 211 168 16 98
FUROSEMIDE 190 151 17 8
SERTRALINE HCL 171 134 18 25
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 163 92 19 140
LISINOPRIL 159 130 20 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 142 110 21 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 116 22 14
PREDNISONE 139 109 22 33
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 139 136 R 22 88
CRESTOR 136 95 25 23
ATENOLOL 133 106 26 28
NAPROXEN 132 88 27 92
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 132 99 27 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 121 77 29 22
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 119 55 R 30 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113 76 31 34
DIOVAN HCT 111 69 32 46
FENOFIBRATE 110 66 33 55
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 110 71 33 62
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 109 86 35 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 104 91 36 42
CLONIDINE HCL 102 71 37 47
LEVOFLOXACIN 98 66 38 109
RANITIDINE HCL 96 28 39 17
ACTOS 95 63 40 86
GEMFIBROZIL 89 80 41 119
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 86 42 36
TORSEMIDE 85 77 43 145
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 83 55 44 134
CLOPIDOGREL 82 62 45 31
TRAZODONE HCL 79 37 46 38
TRICOR 77 48 47 125
VYTORIN 76 48 48 188
CARISOPRODOL 75 13 R 49 87
DIGOXIN 74 74 50 67
GLIPIZIDE XL 74 57 50 95
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 69 52 101
PAROXETINE HCL 69 49 53 73
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 67 41 R 54 51
BENICAR HCT 64 55 55 175
ESTRADIOL 64 48 R 55 126
PLAVIX 63 44 57 45
SYNTHROID 60 45 58 61
PROAIR HFA 57 32 59 50
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 42 60 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 45 60 40
SUBOXONE 55 12 60 195
GLIPIZIDE ER 53 46 63 77
CYMBALTA 52 32 64 44
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 July 8, 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.