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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,099Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 91 out of 1185

$731K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 111 out of 1185

486 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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

11% of this provider’s 486 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 486 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 9,911 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 528 449 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 501 383 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 489 350 3 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 423 304 S3 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 353 209 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 349 249 6 8
LISINOPRIL 341 286 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 302 197 8 9
CRESTOR 297 199 9 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 294 245 10 11
TRAMADOL HCL 222 174 11 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 168 12 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 201 136 13 20
RANITIDINE HCL 199 121 14 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 183 138 15 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 180 130 16 7
GABAPENTIN 179 124 17 13
FAMOTIDINE 174 108 18 69
CLOPIDOGREL 172 130 19 31
ALLOPURINOL 168 124 20 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 165 152 21 21
CARVEDILOL 159 117 22 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 159 92 22 42
LOVASTATIN 155 122 24 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 148 116 25 29
DIOVAN 145 122 26 37
GLIPIZIDE ER 134 91 27 77
TAMSULOSIN HCL 132 120 28 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 93 29 12
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 121 38 R 30 53
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 115 74 31 71
PLAVIX 110 82 32 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 109 73 33 15
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 109 61 S2 33 94
NEXIUM 108 83 35 19
ATENOLOL 106 82 36 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 105 101 37 10
ADVAIR DISKUS 103 46 38 54
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 102 63 39 18
COMBIVENT 100 80 40 124
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 98 82 41 40
PROAIR HFA 98 45 41 50
ACTOS 96 76 43 86
KLOR-CON M10 94 53 44 141
SPIRIVA 94 46 44 64
LANSOPRAZOLE 93 66 46 216
CYMBALTA 85 61 47 44
KLOR-CON 10 84 48 48 118
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 19 S2 49 82
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 78 61 50 60
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 78 58 50 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 76 67 52 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 74 54 53 32
MIRTAZAPINE 74 62 53 57
FENOFIBRATE 73 61 55 55
AZITHROMYCIN 72 59 56 39
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 71 22 57 111
VENTOLIN HFA 71 39 57 83
GLIPIZIDE 69 47 59 56
GLIMEPIRIDE 66 56 60 49
VERAPAMIL ER 64 52 61 98
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 62 41 62 168
SERTRALINE HCL 61 32 63 25
PEN NEEDLE 60 36 64 139
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 35 65 75
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 43 66 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 55 35 67 22
TIZANIDINE HCL 55 20 67 113
MELOXICAM 55 29 67 27
TRAZODONE HCL 55 36 67 38
TRICOR 54 43 71 125
ZETIA 54 35 71 78
DIOVAN HCT 53 46 73 46
KLOR-CON M20 53 51 73 59
MECLIZINE HCL 52 50 75 115
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 52 33 75 176
LANTUS 51 34 77 66
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 Sept. 11, 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.