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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,753Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 153 out of 1185

$566K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 211 out of 1185

373 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

25% of this provider’s 373 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 373 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 7,546 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 637 299 S3 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 390 274 2 1
LISINOPRIL 333 221 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 309 220 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 298 232 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 297 220 6 10
FUROSEMIDE 266 200 7 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 253 137 8 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 240 183 9 7
ENDOCET 233 66 S2 10 80
METFORMIN HCL 231 178 11 9
GABAPENTIN 220 129 12 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 203 138 13 22
RANITIDINE HCL 196 121 14 17
PROMETHAZINE HCL 187 54 R 15 76
SIMVASTATIN 173 129 16 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 168 107 17 18
NEXIUM 158 78 18 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 151 151 19 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 91 20 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 85 21 15
MELOXICAM 114 88 22 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 112 79 23 21
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 112 50 S2 23 82
TRAZODONE HCL 99 55 25 38
TRAMADOL HCL 94 73 26 16
OXYCODONE HCL 90 20 S2 27 70
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 89 48 28 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87 59 29 11
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 44 29 90
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 83 69 31 60
NAMENDA 82 81 32 43
RISPERIDONE 80 49 33 72
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 80 43 33 29
CARISOPRODOL 79 22 R 35 87
LANTUS 78 48 36 66
SERTRALINE HCL 77 76 37 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 67 38 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 74 48 39 109
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 31 39 48
CARVEDILOL 73 63 41 24
SINGLE USE SWAB 71 55 42 178
GLIPIZIDE 70 56 43 56
CYMBALTA 67 27 44 44
HUMULIN 70-30 67 31 44 231
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 67 36 S3 44 146
BENAZEPRIL HCL 65 55 47 41
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 64 26 48 105
PREDNISONE 63 38 49 33
AMOXICILLIN 62 34 50 99
LYRICA 60 0 51 74
PAROXETINE HCL 60 45 51 73
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 58 50 53 93
ROPINIROLE HCL 58 41 53 108
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 19 R 55 53
LEVETIRACETAM 55 39 56 131
CLOPIDOGREL 54 45 57 31
VENTOLIN HFA 54 17 57 83
CLONIDINE HCL 50 20 59 47
PLAVIX 50 39 59 45
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 May 31, 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.