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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,670Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 24

$998K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 24

472 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

16% of this provider’s 472 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 472 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,548 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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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 1,124 1,055 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 812 775 S3 2 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 765 683 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 764 699 4 1
LISINOPRIL 537 496 5 4
MIRTAZAPINE 530 510 6 14
FUROSEMIDE 455 389 7 3
OMEPRAZOLE 443 423 8 8
GLIPIZIDE 408 365 9 43
SIMVASTATIN 403 374 10 5
CALCITONIN-SALMON 386 345 10 11 87
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 355 270 12 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 330 273 13 21
NOVOLIN R 311 286 14 76
CARVEDILOL 286 251 15 24
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 285 267 16 66
CITALOPRAM HBR 282 215 17 12
METFORMIN HCL 262 204 18 19
TRAZODONE HCL 257 228 19 33
SERTRALINE HCL 257 244 19 18
GABAPENTIN 256 216 21 13
NYSTATIN 242 220 22 48
NOVOLIN 70-30 228 213 23 79
DONEPEZIL HCL 223 209 24 16
LANTUS 222 197 25 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 209 173 26 17
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 186 155 27 82
JANTOVEN 164 140 28 10
DIGOXIN 162 151 29 44
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 161 143 30 22
DIOVAN 159 142 31 39
CLOPIDOGREL 158 154 32 54
TRAVATAN Z 157 157 33 74
OXYCODONE HCL 152 128 S2 34 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 148 128 35 62
ATENOLOL 147 119 36 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 144 129 37 11
MONOJECT INSULIN SAFETY SYRNG 143 140 38 147
PLAVIX 139 137 39 65
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 138 133 40 73
ALLOPURINOL 138 127 40 50
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 136 135 42 27
BENAZEPRIL HCL 134 134 43 34
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 125 124 44 105
BACLOFEN 117 69 45 78
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117 102 45 29
LEXAPRO 113 100 47 58
KLOR-CON 10 111 85 48 112
PREDNISONE 110 98 49 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 109 109 50 98
AZITHROMYCIN 108 100 51 94
LIPITOR 106 103 52 125
PHENYTOIN 104 86 53 107
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 103 91 54 85
SPIRONOLACTONE 102 90 55 70
MEGESTROL ACETATE 100 98 R 56 170
LEVOFLOXACIN 97 91 57 67
RISPERIDONE 95 84 58 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 94 94 59 37
SINGLE USE SWAB 92 86 60 177
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 88 68 61 180
LIDODERM 87 74 62 90
GLIPIZIDE ER 85 67 63 106
LEVETIRACETAM 84 68 64 77
FORTICAL 84 84 64 181
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 81 79 66 61
NAMENDA 80 78 67 9
LATANOPROST 77 76 68 102
FLUOXETINE HCL 76 62 69 185
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 74 73 70 32
CLONIDINE HCL 74 72 70 83
TIMOLOL MALEATE 73 72 72 154
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 73 47 72 42
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 73 66 72 187
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69 63 75 52
SPIRIVA 67 66 76 92
VALPROIC ACID 63 38 77 155
PAROXETINE HCL 62 62 78 84
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 78 53
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 62 61 78 41
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 61 58 81 128
RESTASIS 61 61 81 111
FAMOTIDINE 61 59 81 56
KLOR-CON M20 59 42 84 55
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 58 57 85 207
CYMBALTA 58 53 85 45
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 58 48 85 122
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 57 88 23
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 54 88 57
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 57 57 88 137
HYDRALAZINE HCL 57 38 88 75
ERYTHROMYCIN 55 55 92 213
NOVOLIN N 55 54 92 213
PROMETHAZINE HCL 53 49 R 94 59
GEMFIBROZIL 52 51 95 168
HALOPERIDOL 51 43 96 127
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 51 41 96 15
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 Dec. 21, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.