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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,547Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 32

$408K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 32

512 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
18% 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

3% of this provider’s 512 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 512 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,832 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 236 226 1 2
LISINOPRIL 224 199 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 197 164 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 186 174 4 4
MELOXICAM 165 160 5 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 165 134 5 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 151 139 7 15
TRAMADOL HCL 127 105 8 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 124 8 11
METFORMIN HCL 117 95 10 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93 92 11 10
OMEPRAZOLE 93 78 11 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 85 13 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 70 S3 14 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 74 74 15 7
GABAPENTIN 74 49 15 16
ATENOLOL 67 61 17 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 64 18 66
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 60 50 19 69
CRESTOR 60 56 19 21
FUROSEMIDE 60 42 19 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 60 60 19 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 60 54 19 18
AZITHROMYCIN 53 49 24 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 42 24 82
CITALOPRAM HBR 51 42 26 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 50 47 27 25
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. 21, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.