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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,172Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 45

$807K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 45

551 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 551 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 3,759 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

48% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 48%.

Prescription Price

$156 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $128 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 278 229 1 2
METHIMAZOLE 251 208 2 17
PEN NEEDLE 241 174 3 4
METFORMIN HCL 216 152 4 3
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 214 133 5 5
LANTUS 211 162 6 6
SYNTHROID 210 169 7 1
INSULIN SYRINGE 180 124 8 9
HUMALOG 180 102 8 11
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 170 103 10 8
NOVOLOG 138 101 11 12
LISINOPRIL 126 89 12 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 116 89 13 10
SIMVASTATIN 107 59 14 13
METFORMIN HCL ER 100 71 15 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 92 75 16 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 79 52 17 18
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 77 61 18 19
LEVEMIR 77 43 18 28
HUMULIN N 76 55 20 41
GABAPENTIN 76 52 20 24
GLIPIZIDE ER 73 62 22 23
HUMULIN R 65 45 23 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 64 51 24 20
NOVOLIN N 63 36 25 50
DIOVAN 54 49 26 47
BYETTA 53 44 27 44
LEVOXYL 53 46 27 15
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 52 25 29 38
NOVOLIN 70-30 51 24 30 109
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. 19, 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.