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Prescriber Checkup

STEPHEN WORSHAM MD MEDIACL DOCTOR

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,235Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 75 out of 1185

$532K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 247 out of 1185

271 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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 271 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

64% of this provider’s 271 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 8,011 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$35 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

56 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 1,854 897 S3 1 2
RANITIDINE HCL 619 316 2 17
LOVASTATIN 527 289 3 63
OMEPRAZOLE 526 262 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 447 283 5 3
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 417 234 6 65
LISINOPRIL 317 158 7 4
GABAPENTIN 313 145 8 13
TIZANIDINE HCL 294 93 9 113
FUROSEMIDE 276 174 10 8
AZITHROMYCIN 269 140 11 39
OXYCODONE HCL 266 65 S2 12 70
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 261 112 13 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 259 141 14 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 255 135 15 12
METFORMIN HCL 250 177 16 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 246 151 17 10
MELOXICAM 227 106 18 27
TRAMADOL HCL 221 92 19 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 201 97 20 29
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 193 125 R 21 51
SERTRALINE HCL 182 96 22 25
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 178 63 23 81
CARISOPRODOL 173 51 R 24 87
GEMFIBROZIL 170 97 25 119
CLOPIDOGREL 165 108 26 31
SIMVASTATIN 165 119 26 5
PAROXETINE HCL 159 72 28 73
CITALOPRAM HBR 148 74 29 22
NABUMETONE 146 98 30 165
PROMETHAZINE HCL 140 34 R 31 76
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 135 100 32 11
KLOR-CON M10 135 75 32 141
CEPHALEXIN 132 69 34 103
PROAIR HFA 122 62 35 50
PREDNISONE 120 88 36 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 117 45 37 1
BACLOFEN 115 30 38 150
COMBIVENT 110 58 39 124
NIFEDIPINE ER 107 84 40 97
SYMBICORT 104 57 41 144
NEXIUM 103 45 42 19
FLUOXETINE HCL 100 28 43 52
PLAVIX 97 62 44 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 95 44 45 7
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 88 40 46 168
CARVEDILOL 82 52 47 24
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 78 61 48 176
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 73 45 49 62
MECLIZINE HCL 73 44 49 115
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 73 51 49 149
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 39 52 14
GLIPIZIDE XL 67 47 53 95
CELEBREX 61 38 54 85
DILTIAZEM ER 61 61 54 153
ESTRADIOL 60 24 R 56 126
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 28 56 60
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 60 24 56 105
LANTUS 57 32 59 66
HUMULIN 70-30 54 47 60 231
CYMBALTA 53 26 61 44
INSULIN SYRINGE 51 26 62 90
IBUPROFEN 50 34 63 102
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 9, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.