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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,067Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 207 out of 1185

$563K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 218 out of 1185

448 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

2% of this provider’s 448 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 448 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 6,839 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 474 358 1 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 418 320 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 252 173 3 6
MELOXICAM 236 158 4 27
LISINOPRIL 233 167 5 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 221 189 6 3
SERTRALINE HCL 203 130 7 25
GABAPENTIN 185 96 8 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 158 114 S3 9 2
METFORMIN HCL 149 113 10 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 93 11 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 85 12 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 139 95 12 10
TRAMADOL HCL 134 78 14 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 131 87 15 7
RANITIDINE HCL 131 80 15 17
CARVEDILOL 127 102 17 24
FUROSEMIDE 121 93 18 8
RISPERIDONE 121 81 18 72
CRESTOR 121 78 18 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 117 117 21 32
CLOPIDOGREL 109 96 22 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 84 23 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 104 77 24 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 98 75 25 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 89 81 26 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 85 52 27 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 81 70 28 93
NEXIUM 80 63 29 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 80 49 29 22
ALLOPURINOL 79 50 31 30
ATENOLOL 77 52 32 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 51 33 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 48 34 54
PLAVIX 70 64 34 45
TRAZODONE HCL 69 33 36 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 68 51 37 58
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 68 44 37 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 67 37 39 15
MIRTAZAPINE 67 62 39 57
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 63 16 R 41 53
DIOVAN HCT 62 58 42 46
NOVOLOG 62 32 42 127
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 48 44 62
NABUMETONE 60 44 44 165
SPIRIVA 60 39 44 64
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 13 47 105
CARBAMAZEPINE 57 19 48 183
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 44 48 29
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 51 R 50 51
CLOZAPINE 56 56 50 286
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 32 52 40
SINGULAIR 55 37 52 106
AZITHROMYCIN 54 33 54 39
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 20 54 111
NAMENDA 51 51 56 43
WARFARIN SODIUM 50 30 57 21
LANTUS 50 23 57 66
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 19 57 41
NOVOLIN N 50 49 57 283
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 June 27, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.