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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,661Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 32

$273K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 32

386 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
31%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 2,447 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$36 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
TRAMADOL HCL 948 284 1 13
TIZANIDINE HCL 301 38 2 85
LISINOPRIL 292 168 3 3
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 280 102 4 19
GABAPENTIN 246 38 5 16
OMEPRAZOLE 228 74 6 8
RANITIDINE HCL 217 66 7 12
DOXEPIN HCL 207 36 8 101
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 191 67 9 7
METFORMIN HCL 186 72 10 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 158 65 11 10
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 150 46 12 41
MELOXICAM 135 48 13 33
VERAPAMIL ER 128 82 14 125
IBUPROFEN 125 33 15 104
CEPHALEXIN 109 24 16 48
VENTOLIN HFA 104 24 17 65
BUSPIRONE HCL 103 32 18 137
PAROXETINE HCL 96 33 19 62
FUROSEMIDE 92 47 20 5
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 91 0 R 21 100
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 91 26 R 21 143
PREDNISONE 90 20 23 52
PROMETHAZINE HCL 88 16 R 24 59
GLIPIZIDE 88 32 24 40
PROAIR HFA 85 19 26 77
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 53 27 11
TRAZODONE HCL 74 14 28 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 72 37 29 15
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70 16 R 30 90
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 19 31 35
CYMBALTA 68 0 32 44
AZITHROMYCIN 67 15 33 32
LYRICA 66 0 34 68
CITALOPRAM HBR 58 0 35 27
SIMVASTATIN 56 26 36 6
NEXIUM 55 0 37 23
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 52 15 38 188
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 52 27 38 4
ATENOLOL 51 31 40 17
ESTRADIOL 51 15 R 40 133
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. 6, 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.