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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,848Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 96 out of 1185

$709K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 118 out of 1185

367 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

5% of this provider’s 367 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 367 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,738 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
FUROSEMIDE 457 386 1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 385 294 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 375 290 3 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 322 272 4 10
LISINOPRIL 298 234 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 297 228 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 280 159 7 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 233 138 8 7
TRAMADOL HCL 224 113 9 16
PREDNISONE 222 166 10 33
CLOPIDOGREL 206 187 11 31
SERTRALINE HCL 196 154 12 25
GABAPENTIN 192 132 13 13
SIMVASTATIN 187 164 14 5
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 183 183 15 255
MIRTAZAPINE 181 181 16 57
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 175 175 17 174
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 173 107 18 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 171 102 19 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 170 169 20 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 166 142 S3 21 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 159 135 22 18
RISPERIDONE 150 138 23 72
DONEPEZIL HCL 146 126 24 32
METFORMIN HCL ER 141 116 25 35
FLUCONAZOLE 141 95 25 147
PLAVIX 140 126 27 45
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 138 50 R 28 53
SPIRONOLACTONE 133 99 29 75
NAMENDA 133 121 29 43
BUSPIRONE HCL 132 83 31 148
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 127 105 32 48
GLIPIZIDE 127 94 32 56
CARVEDILOL 125 83 34 24
TRAZODONE HCL 124 73 35 38
NEXIUM 124 66 35 19
AZITHROMYCIN 122 100 37 39
LEVETIRACETAM 120 110 38 131
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 115 82 39 91
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 104 96 40 164
GLIMEPIRIDE 98 84 41 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 98 76 41 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 96 94 43 20
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 95 81 44 96
PAROXETINE HCL 89 60 45 73
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87 66 46 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 86 72 47 34
DIGOXIN 81 71 48 67
PROMETHAZINE HCL 78 62 R 49 76
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 76 45 50 116
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 74 61 51 79
CITALOPRAM HBR 70 54 52 22
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 58 53 93
EXELON 65 65 53 120
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 64 51 55 84
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 39 56 54
CYMBALTA 63 43 56 44
MELOXICAM 62 19 58 27
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 40 59 52
ALLOPURINOL 60 55 60 30
LANTUS 60 59 60 66
BACLOFEN 59 53 62 150
FAMOTIDINE 58 52 63 69
CEPHALEXIN 56 46 64 103
DIOVAN HCT 55 32 65 46
NOVOLIN 70-30 54 53 66 207
CLOBETASOL EMOLLIENT 54 54 66 388
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 53 53 68 26
NOVOLIN R 53 53 68 245
DILANTIN 52 52 70 392
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 52 70 142
LYRICA 51 17 72 74
DIOVAN 51 50 72 37
GENERLAC 51 51 72 297
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 37 75 111
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 Feb. 27, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.