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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,162Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 32

$355K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 32

308 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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

13% of this provider’s 308 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,271 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 261 237 1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 243 202 2 15
SIMVASTATIN 200 188 3 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 197 169 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 182 148 5 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 177 162 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 167 144 7 5
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 151 8 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 141 125 S3 9 1
ALLOPURINOL 133 94 10 26
GLIPIZIDE 129 99 11 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 120 12 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 113 107 13 18
METFORMIN HCL 111 84 14 9
CRESTOR 109 96 15 21
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 107 81 16 80
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 102 100 17 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 77 18 45
ATENOLOL 94 92 19 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 82 79 20 37
LISINOPRIL 81 66 21 3
DILTIAZEM HCL 81 78 21 80
KLOR-CON 10 76 71 23 97
PAROXETINE HCL 74 74 24 62
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 73 57 25 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 65 65 26 34
NAPROXEN 63 61 27 72
LOVASTATIN 61 50 28 114
WARFARIN SODIUM 61 51 28 25
AZITHROMYCIN 56 50 30 32
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 56 53 30 177
MELOXICAM 55 52 32 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 53 52 33 10
CLOPIDOGREL 53 45 33 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 52 35 82
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 Oct. 30, 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.