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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,496Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 66 out of 1185

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 1185

715 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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

3% of this provider’s 715 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 715 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 13,080 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$76 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 571 403 S3 1 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 503 459 2 21
SIMVASTATIN 456 392 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 432 413 4 3
METFORMIN HCL 364 277 5 9
OMEPRAZOLE 326 276 6 6
CRESTOR 291 256 7 23
FUROSEMIDE 285 243 8 8
DIOVAN 278 245 9 37
TRAMADOL HCL 276 207 10 16
BENAZEPRIL HCL 226 172 11 41
NEXIUM 218 175 12 19
SYNTHROID 215 189 13 61
GABAPENTIN 214 157 14 13
TRAZODONE HCL 214 174 14 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 211 175 16 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 207 160 17 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 207 175 17 22
BYSTOLIC 205 191 19 114
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 199 172 20 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 199 164 20 10
LISINOPRIL 184 146 22 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 181 159 23 1
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 175 136 24 129
CARVEDILOL 173 133 25 24
DIOVAN HCT 164 162 26 46
JANUVIA 153 124 27 68
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 152 111 28 105
BENICAR 149 135 29 187
CLOPIDOGREL 137 119 30 31
SERTRALINE HCL 134 97 31 25
NAMENDA 131 122 32 43
CYMBALTA 125 74 33 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 104 34 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 107 35 36
PLAVIX 115 98 36 45
MIRTAZAPINE 115 112 36 57
PREDNISONE 115 104 36 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 114 112 39 34
DONEPEZIL HCL 105 105 40 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 92 41 79
BENICAR HCT 103 87 42 175
RANITIDINE HCL 99 90 43 17
LYRICA 97 61 44 74
DILTIAZEM ER 91 84 45 153
CHLORTHALIDONE 91 86 45 117
LIVALO 87 76 47 343
EXELON 86 82 48 120
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 86 86 48 18
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 68 50 137
SPIRONOLACTONE 84 60 51 75
PROMETHAZINE HCL 80 71 R 52 76
CEPHALEXIN 79 71 53 103
PEN NEEDLE 77 53 54 139
NASONEX 76 69 55 266
LOVAZA 74 71 56 160
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 73 66 57 11
TEKTURNA 72 71 58 215
DIGOXIN 72 72 58 67
WELCHOL 71 55 60 194
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 71 63 60 143
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 49 62 14
NIFEDIPINE ER 68 62 63 97
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 67 52 64 29
CELEBREX 67 57 64 85
LEVEMIR 65 49 66 162
HYDRALAZINE HCL 65 61 66 112
DEXILANT 61 47 68 189
LABETALOL HCL 60 41 69 198
ZETIA 60 46 69 78
SPIRIVA 58 49 71 64
SINGULAIR 58 51 71 106
LANTUS 58 47 71 66
VESICARE 55 50 74 200
FINASTERIDE 55 55 74 132
MELOXICAM 55 41 74 27
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 54 51 77 116
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 41 77 60
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 52 39 79 176
LEXAPRO 52 50 79 227
PROAIR HFA 51 42 81 50
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. 24, 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.