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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,175Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 19

$1.53M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 19

553 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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

28% of this provider’s 553 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 553 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 23,955 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 36.


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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
JANTOVEN 1,672 1,474 10 1 19
FUROSEMIDE 1,041 924 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 980 887 3 3
NAMENDA 929 894 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 728 624 S3 5 8
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 699 614 6 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 666 590 7 5
LISINOPRIL 569 539 8 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 561 489 9 11
EXELON 540 516 10 26
GABAPENTIN 481 395 11 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 469 397 12 12
SERTRALINE HCL 426 376 13 18
RANITIDINE HCL 418 385 14 21
MIRTAZAPINE 394 383 15 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 342 308 16 13
CEPHALEXIN 319 298 17 41
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 313 265 18 31
METFORMIN HCL 309 294 19 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 271 240 20 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 266 236 21 25
LANTUS 262 235 22 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 262 254 22 9
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 253 239 24 45
GLIPIZIDE 250 238 25 42
SIMVASTATIN 234 201 26 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 227 227 27 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 225 200 28 45
OMEPRAZOLE 223 206 29 14
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 220 207 30 30
PREDNISONE 219 213 31 28
CEFDINIR 213 196 32 85
CARVEDILOL 211 179 33 22
ABILIFY 200 103 34 78
TRAMADOL HCL 199 191 35 23
CLOPIDOGREL 194 181 36 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 192 186 37 55
LEVOFLOXACIN 179 159 38 52
TRAZODONE HCL 173 151 39 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 168 148 40 40
DIGOXIN 161 130 41 47
LEVETIRACETAM 150 148 42 35
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 148 133 43 75
CYMBALTA 147 131 44 37
ALLOPURINOL 146 129 45 59
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 118 46 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 143 139 47 104
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 136 117 48 33
MELOXICAM 134 131 49 90
PROMETHAZINE HCL 133 125 R 50 72
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 130 117 51 50
DIOVAN 127 127 52 51
PLAVIX 122 113 53 67
NOVOLOG 118 113 54 60
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 115 97 55 62
RIVASTIGMINE 110 110 56 121
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 109 77 57 57
HYDROXYZINE HCL 107 85 R 58 97
MORPHINE SULFATE 107 103 S2 58 132
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 106 99 60 132
FAMOTIDINE 106 84 60 36
METOLAZONE 106 97 60 101
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 105 82 63 94
FENTANYL 100 88 S2 64 70
LEXAPRO 99 90 65 48
OLANZAPINE 95 67 66 49
HUMULIN R 93 82 67 124
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 91 83 68 63
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 91 91 68 111
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 87 71 70 141
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 86 63 71 76
LIDODERM 84 72 72 115
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 66 73 77
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 82 82 74 106
HYDRALAZINE HCL 82 76 74 66
RISPERIDONE 82 81 74 27
NITROFURANTOIN 80 80 77 114
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 65 77 68
LATANOPROST 78 74 79 86
BACLOFEN 78 45 79 71
TRANSDERM-SCOP 77 60 81 183
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 77 77 81 107
NEXIUM 77 76 81 43
HUMALOG 76 43 84 95
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 75 51 85 128
VENLAFAXINE HCL 75 58 85 131
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 73 66 87 100
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 72 67 88 58
CEFTRIAXONE 71 62 89 87
SEROQUEL 70 67 90 64
AGGRENOX 67 48 91 153
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 53 92 32
BOOSTRIX 66 61 92 198
FLUCONAZOLE 66 53 92 108
HALOPERIDOL 65 43 95 103
BUSPIRONE HCL 63 63 96 130
LIDOCAINE HCL 60 56 97 102
NOVOLIN R 60 60 97 73
OXYCODONE HCL 59 39 S2 99 127
AMANTADINE 59 18 99 208
NYSTATIN 59 46 99 56
AMOXICILLIN 57 53 102 156
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 57 32 R 102 80
OXCARBAZEPINE 57 36 102 149
CELEBREX 56 39 105 152
AMITIZA 56 42 105 216
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 56 47 105 166
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 53 30 S2 108 164
AZITHROMYCIN 52 47 109 89
LABETALOL HCL 52 48 109 158
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 51 24 111 81
CRESTOR 51 28 111 125
BUDESONIDE 51 26 111 129
HALOPERIDOL LACTATE 50 38 114 170
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 Dec. 27, 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.