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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,501Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 491 out of 1185

$312K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 505 out of 1185

282 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 282 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,277 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 232 221 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 218 218 2 6
LISINOPRIL 201 201 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 197 197 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 161 152 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 149 125 6 8
NAMENDA 142 142 7 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 122 109 8 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 107 107 9 32
GABAPENTIN 95 93 10 13
MIRTAZAPINE 93 93 11 57
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 88 87 12 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 85 76 13 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 85 13 12
METFORMIN HCL 81 81 15 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 75 S3 15 2
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 78 78 17 79
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 75 63 18 96
TRAMADOL HCL 75 75 18 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 71 71 20 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 67 48 21 18
SERTRALINE HCL 66 62 22 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 65 65 23 11
EXELON 65 65 23 120
NEXIUM 64 64 25 19
CRESTOR 62 62 26 23
DIOVAN 55 55 27 37
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 Jan. 9, 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.