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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,987Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 142 out of 1185

$550K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 231 out of 1185

434 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

6% of this provider’s 434 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 434 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,923 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 463 405 1 3
LISINOPRIL 437 331 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 356 289 3 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 354 294 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 319 282 5 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 258 215 6 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 256 224 7 10
SERTRALINE HCL 255 216 8 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 231 195 9 1
METFORMIN HCL 225 178 10 9
FUROSEMIDE 225 173 10 8
CARVEDILOL 215 175 12 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 207 164 13 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 204 155 S3 14 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 196 160 15 18
NAMENDA 180 180 16 43
FAMOTIDINE 169 102 17 69
WARFARIN SODIUM 166 159 18 21
CLONIDINE HCL 165 138 19 47
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 161 141 20 29
RANITIDINE HCL 159 142 21 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 158 118 22 15
GABAPENTIN 146 99 23 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 144 91 24 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 132 125 25 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 121 108 26 49
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 104 26 26
TRAMADOL HCL 120 96 28 16
ALLOPURINOL 119 91 29 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 112 108 30 32
METFORMIN HCL ER 110 100 31 35
FLUOXETINE HCL 107 67 32 52
CRESTOR 104 83 33 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 99 72 34 34
HYDRALAZINE HCL 99 93 34 112
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 96 96 36 60
MIRTAZAPINE 95 76 37 57
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 90 90 38 96
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 74 39 11
PREDNISONE 81 62 40 33
TRAZODONE HCL 80 55 41 38
KLOR-CON M20 77 65 42 59
NEXIUM 72 57 43 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 66 44 36
DIGOXIN 70 49 44 67
DIOVAN 66 66 46 37
EXELON 62 62 47 120
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 58 58 48 173
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 57 49 79
PAROXETINE HCL 57 57 49 73
LANTUS 55 36 51 66
PROMETHAZINE HCL 55 37 R 51 76
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 38 53 108
AZITHROMYCIN 53 49 53 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 52 55 142
ATENOLOL 50 33 56 28
RAMIPRIL 50 47 56 135
CLOPIDOGREL 50 42 56 31
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 March 4, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.