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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,001Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 144

$936K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 144

628 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
49%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

13% of this provider’s 628 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 2,537 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$134 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $125 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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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
LAMOTRIGINE 544 198 1 38
CYMBALTA 428 113 2 18
RISPERIDONE 396 169 3 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 349 62 4 7
DOXEPIN HCL 300 71 5 87
MIRTAZAPINE 266 143 6 83
FLUOXETINE HCL 262 105 7 69
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 262 28 S2 7 122
CITALOPRAM HBR 238 113 9 78
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 227 116 10 73
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 205 43 11 109
OLANZAPINE 184 59 12 117
TRAZODONE HCL 148 32 13 31
PAROXETINE HCL 146 33 14 142
OXCARBAZEPINE 143 46 15 116
ABILIFY 142 13 16 85
GABAPENTIN 139 40 17 2
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 126 62 18 157
VENLAFAXINE HCL 105 17 19 167
ALPRAZOLAM 104 24 20 210
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 97 21 21 172
SERTRALINE HCL 95 41 22 117
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 94 24 23 138
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE 81 0 S2 24 221
SYMBYAX 72 46 10 25 233
NAMENDA 72 72 25 41
SEROQUEL 70 15 27 237
PRISTIQ ER 69 35 28 123
SEROQUEL XR 65 38 29 193
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 59 21 30 54
MUPIROCIN 59 57 30 95
BUPROPION HCL SR 56 35 32 139
LITHIUM CARBONATE 55 22 33 188
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. 16, 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.