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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,021Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 40 out of 1185

$809K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 85 out of 1185

622 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 622 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 622 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 14,429 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 869 703 1 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 831 711 2 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 541 419 3 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 495 400 4 18
FUROSEMIDE 442 389 5 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 431 321 6 12
METFORMIN HCL 423 304 7 9
RANITIDINE HCL 336 266 8 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 302 236 9 14
OMEPRAZOLE 275 230 10 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 268 216 11 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 255 225 12 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 254 171 13 11
LISINOPRIL 244 197 14 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 238 168 S3 15 2
ATENOLOL 228 156 16 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 226 174 17 65
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 199 159 18 20
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 198 175 19 3
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 183 161 20 60
GLIMEPIRIDE 178 162 21 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 176 155 22 48
CLOPIDOGREL 176 153 22 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 174 155 24 42
DIOVAN 168 131 25 37
FLUOXETINE HCL 165 145 26 52
NEXIUM 160 111 27 19
BENAZEPRIL HCL 156 139 28 41
CLONIDINE HCL 151 91 29 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 149 149 30 32
GABAPENTIN 143 82 31 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 110 32 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 142 120 32 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 141 121 34 58
CARVEDILOL 137 106 35 24
INSULIN SYRINGE 134 111 36 90
ALLOPURINOL 134 134 36 30
RISPERIDONE 132 112 38 72
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 131 120 39 71
LANTUS 127 115 40 66
MEGESTROL ACETATE 119 118 R 41 170
GLYBURIDE 117 97 R 42 100
SINGLE USE SWAB 117 115 42 178
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 115 113 44 40
DIGOXIN 114 96 45 67
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 109 95 46 15
SERTRALINE HCL 107 100 47 25
PLAVIX 106 99 48 45
TRAMADOL HCL 105 69 49 16
SULINDAC 105 94 49 234
CRESTOR 101 89 51 23
PROAIR HFA 98 69 52 50
KLOR-CON M20 96 52 53 59
NOVOLOG 91 66 54 127
NABUMETONE 90 67 55 165
FAMOTIDINE 86 84 56 69
DIOVAN HCT 86 64 56 46
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 83 62 R 58 88
NIFEDIAC CC 80 55 59 246
EXELON 79 72 60 120
TRAZODONE HCL 76 72 61 38
LEVETIRACETAM 76 53 61 131
METFORMIN HCL ER 72 44 63 35
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72 46 R 63 51
PREDNISONE 71 55 65 33
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 70 60 66 130
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 53 66 54
NIFEDIPINE ER 69 56 68 97
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 46 69 36
MUPIROCIN 67 64 69 205
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 67 58 69 202
LIPITOR 66 47 72 89
VENTOLIN HFA 66 50 72 83
PEN NEEDLE 64 49 74 139
MECLIZINE HCL 61 56 75 115
AZITHROMYCIN 60 42 76 39
NAMENDA 58 58 77 43
BYSTOLIC 58 54 77 114
TRAVATAN Z 57 57 79 230
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 55 79 163
MELOXICAM 57 42 79 27
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 56 47 82 122
MIRTAZAPINE 56 56 82 57
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 55 24 84 111
INDOMETHACIN 54 40 R 85 208
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 47 85 104
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 31 85 29
HUMALOG 53 49 88 210
MONOJECT INSULIN SYRINGE 52 50 89 276
COLCRYS 50 49 90 110
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 35 90 79
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 Dec. 29, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.