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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,535Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 87 out of 1185

$1.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 1185

380 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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

9% of this provider’s 380 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 380 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 10,636 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$83 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 661 571 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 310 251 2 21
SIMVASTATIN 305 225 3 5
METFORMIN HCL ER 285 174 4 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 284 243 5 11
FUROSEMIDE 279 227 6 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 260 256 7 32
TRAZODONE HCL 254 193 8 38
LISINOPRIL 246 222 9 4
IBUPROFEN 246 160 9 102
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 230 158 11 3
NAMENDA 230 230 11 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 227 177 13 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 225 79 S3 14 2
RISPERIDONE 218 187 15 72
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 213 142 16 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 197 123 17 14
CRESTOR 182 92 18 23
METFORMIN HCL 181 132 19 9
GABAPENTIN 172 150 20 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 169 128 21 42
CLOPIDOGREL 167 121 22 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 153 127 23 10
MIRTAZAPINE 131 119 24 57
TRAMADOL HCL 129 105 25 16
DIOVAN HCT 128 121 26 46
ALLOPURINOL 124 100 27 30
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 124 83 S3 27 146
EXELON 123 123 29 120
ACTOS 122 99 30 86
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 118 103 31 18
CARVEDILOL 117 92 32 24
BENICAR HCT 116 86 33 175
MICARDIS HCT 116 81 33 260
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 113 89 35 203
ATENOLOL 108 92 36 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 105 94 37 48
DIGOXIN 102 92 38 67
RANITIDINE HCL 101 60 39 17
SERTRALINE HCL 98 82 40 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 97 41 34
BYSTOLIC 94 65 42 114
PLAVIX 93 61 43 45
LANTUS 92 59 44 66
NOVOLOG 91 70 45 127
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 79 46 26
FENTANYL 88 51 S2 47 107
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 84 48 20
SINGULAIR 79 32 49 106
KLOR-CON M20 79 58 49 59
ABILIFY 76 30 51 192
CITALOPRAM HBR 74 24 52 22
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 12 S2 53 82
PEN NEEDLE 72 51 54 139
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 47 54 36
OMEPRAZOLE 72 34 54 6
LAMOTRIGINE 69 55 57 214
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 49 58 79
OXYCONTIN 66 0 S2 59 167
TRILIPIX 66 25 59 238
PHENYTOIN 65 65 61 232
JANUMET 65 48 61 182
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 31 R 63 53
LIPITOR 63 56 64 89
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 63 30 64 186
CELEBREX 61 58 66 85
IRBESARTAN 61 40 66 293
NEXIUM 60 24 68 19
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 59 36 69 111
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 58 47 R 70 243
FAMOTIDINE 56 37 71 69
DIOVAN 56 48 71 37
MELOXICAM 55 34 73 27
GENERLAC 54 49 74 297
DEXILANT 53 13 75 189
PAROXETINE HCL 51 39 76 73
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 27 77 52
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 18, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.