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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,908Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 180 out of 1185

$502K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 269 out of 1185

460 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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

6% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,534 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 426 387 1 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 383 316 2 10
TRAMADOL HCL 335 253 3 16
OMEPRAZOLE 328 246 4 6
METFORMIN HCL 316 247 5 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 303 197 6 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 284 247 7 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 231 201 8 49
SIMVASTATIN 221 149 9 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 194 10 12
FUROSEMIDE 206 157 11 8
AZITHROMYCIN 201 156 12 39
GABAPENTIN 199 150 13 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 194 176 14 22
LISINOPRIL 160 111 15 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 153 137 16 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 143 122 17 34
NEXIUM 135 90 18 19
TRAZODONE HCL 127 121 19 38
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 125 71 20 81
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 118 110 21 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 112 111 22 26
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 101 99 23 143
CARVEDILOL 101 87 23 24
NABUMETONE 98 86 25 165
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 81 26 137
MELOXICAM 91 86 27 27
PROAIR HFA 91 55 27 50
CYMBALTA 90 53 29 44
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 66 29 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 86 78 31 32
FINASTERIDE 81 79 32 132
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 66 33 62
BENAZEPRIL HCL 80 73 33 41
KLOR-CON M20 80 73 33 59
INDAPAMIDE 79 64 36 237
CELEBREX 79 74 36 85
MIRTAZAPINE 78 61 38 57
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76 65 39 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 62 40 36
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 71 41 41 185
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 49 42 75
COMBIVENT 66 62 43 124
CLOPIDOGREL 63 59 44 31
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 62 50 45 116
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 62 45 45 140
DIGOXIN 62 53 45 67
AMOXICILLIN 61 36 48 99
PLAVIX 61 56 48 45
CRESTOR 60 45 50 23
LYRICA 60 60 50 74
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 58 46 52 168
DIOVAN 58 58 52 37
PAROXETINE HCL 57 47 54 73
SERTRALINE HCL 57 17 54 25
RANITIDINE HCL 57 38 54 17
GLIPIZIDE 55 37 57 56
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 47 58 54
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 35 58 91
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 June 17, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.