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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,048Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 1185

$1.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 1185

548 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

8% of this provider’s 548 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 548 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 14,988 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$67 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 742 476 S3 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 737 565 2 1
CRESTOR 638 385 3 23
SIMVASTATIN 549 395 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 539 434 5 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 501 414 6 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 494 386 7 11
NEXIUM 429 263 8 19
METFORMIN HCL 392 201 9 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 367 290 10 7
LISINOPRIL 360 286 11 4
RANITIDINE HCL 345 197 12 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 345 333 12 32
OMEPRAZOLE 339 253 14 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 326 219 15 42
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 298 213 16 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 287 196 17 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 272 220 18 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 259 171 19 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 252 213 20 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 251 179 21 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 250 146 22 26
MIRTAZAPINE 241 198 23 57
DIOVAN 210 167 24 37
GABAPENTIN 209 124 25 13
NAMENDA 202 202 26 43
NIASPAN 200 77 27 121
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 197 117 28 12
ALLOPURINOL 195 169 29 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 183 133 30 36
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 181 120 31 60
LANTUS 146 132 32 66
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 88 33 14
ZETIA 135 105 34 78
COLCRYS 127 103 35 110
RISPERIDONE 125 118 36 72
CYMBALTA 121 56 37 44
NOVOLOG 121 117 37 127
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 119 90 39 58
KLOR-CON 10 118 69 40 118
TAMSULOSIN HCL 109 65 41 34
SERTRALINE HCL 104 84 42 25
ATENOLOL 104 90 42 28
METFORMIN HCL ER 102 46 44 35
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 102 92 44 84
PROAIR HFA 100 59 46 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 100 93 46 93
GLIMEPIRIDE 97 78 48 49
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 96 50 49 29
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 92 80 50 130
LOVASTATIN 91 82 51 63
CARVEDILOL 91 74 51 24
CLOPIDOGREL 91 68 51 31
DIOVAN HCT 88 52 54 46
LOVAZA 87 50 55 160
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 87 39 R 55 254
ADVAIR DISKUS 84 38 57 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 79 58 48
TRAZODONE HCL 83 32 58 38
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 53 58 52
SPIRIVA 82 50 61 64
ACTOS 81 39 62 86
EXFORGE 80 54 63 161
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 57 63 62
PAROXETINE HCL 80 69 63 73
COMBIVENT 79 49 66 124
LANSOPRAZOLE 78 35 67 216
JANTOVEN 75 75 68 136
PEN NEEDLE 73 36 69 139
DIGOXIN 73 61 69 67
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 71 56 71 65
SEROQUEL 71 70 71 159
WARFARIN SODIUM 71 67 71 21
MELOXICAM 71 45 71 27
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 69 64 75 219
PLAVIX 69 56 75 45
LIPITOR 68 40 77 89
TRAMADOL HCL 68 26 77 16
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 67 28 79 134
PREMARIN 66 42 R 80 152
HYDROXYZINE HCL 65 48 R 81 169
LYRICA 65 37 81 74
KLOR-CON M20 62 44 83 59
CLONIDINE HCL 62 51 83 47
DETROL LA 60 37 85 181
BUPROPION HCL SR 59 23 86 166
JANUVIA 58 33 87 68
CALCITRIOL 58 58 87 320
ENABLEX 57 43 89 278
CEFUROXIME 57 36 89 154
NIFEDIPINE ER 57 53 89 97
HYDRALAZINE HCL 57 40 89 112
FAMOTIDINE 56 41 93 69
PREDNISONE 56 35 93 33
EXELON 54 48 95 120
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54 22 95 79
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 53 53 97 96
FELODIPINE ER 52 42 98 206
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 24 99 108
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 July 9, 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.