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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,831Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 261 out of 1185

$657K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 142 out of 1185

363 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,421 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$74 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
SIMVASTATIN 383 303 1 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 358 312 2 1
LISINOPRIL 300 211 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 288 214 4 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 275 195 5 11
CRESTOR 264 210 6 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 223 188 7 10
EXFORGE 217 179 8 161
CLOPIDOGREL 160 141 9 31
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 159 110 10 3
DIOVAN 158 111 11 37
METFORMIN HCL 158 119 11 9
FAMOTIDINE 132 82 13 69
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 125 118 14 42
PLAVIX 115 98 15 45
DIOVAN HCT 113 63 16 46
GABAPENTIN 112 65 17 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 88 18 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 67 19 12
TRAMADOL HCL 100 85 20 16
OMEPRAZOLE 89 59 21 6
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 61 22 128
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 81 66 22 7
INSULIN SYRINGE 80 51 24 90
DONEPEZIL HCL 80 80 24 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 79 72 26 18
SINGULAIR 74 49 27 106
ZETIA 72 39 28 78
COLCRYS 70 57 29 110
CARVEDILOL 70 51 29 24
MELOXICAM 67 46 31 27
SERTRALINE HCL 66 65 32 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 66 58 32 21
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 66 46 32 203
NEXIUM 65 17 35 19
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 60 44 36 191
DIGOXIN 59 55 37 67
IBUPROFEN 58 38 38 102
LEVETIRACETAM 57 34 39 131
NAMENDA 55 55 40 43
PEN NEEDLE 55 36 40 139
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 54 54 R 42 88
ATENOLOL 53 42 43 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 51 44 14
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 Oct. 15, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.