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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,002Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 24

$1.57M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 24

747 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

30% of this provider’s 747 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 747 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 25,356 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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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
JANTOVEN 1,521 1,451 10 1 10
FUROSEMIDE 913 865 2 3
NAMENDA 880 850 3 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 813 715 4 1
LISINOPRIL 702 638 5 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 670 625 6 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 631 569 7 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 621 551 S3 8 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 596 539 9 7
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 576 539 10 17
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 566 538 11 20
MIRTAZAPINE 494 476 12 14
GABAPENTIN 485 376 13 13
EXELON 398 388 14 26
CARVEDILOL 388 360 15 24
LANTUS 376 327 16 31
SERTRALINE HCL 372 350 17 18
CEPHALEXIN 360 328 18 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 356 313 19 22
METFORMIN HCL 340 314 20 19
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 323 285 21 41
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 318 273 22 49
CITALOPRAM HBR 302 296 23 12
PREDNISONE 289 246 24 28
SIMVASTATIN 256 225 25 5
FAMOTIDINE 248 223 26 56
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 243 215 27 61
RISPERIDONE 224 208 28 47
CEFDINIR 196 170 29 71
HYDRALAZINE HCL 188 177 30 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 184 177 31 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 181 162 32 57
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 179 158 33 42
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 179 176 33 46
CLOPIDOGREL 178 165 35 54
NOVOLOG 175 139 36 68
LABETALOL HCL 174 158 37 64
DONEPEZIL HCL 169 166 38 16
LEVOFLOXACIN 168 143 39 67
OLANZAPINE 168 137 39 91
PROMETHAZINE HCL 168 128 R 39 59
OMEPRAZOLE 166 137 42 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 164 108 43 32
FENTANYL 163 136 S2 44 63
OXYCODONE HCL 157 101 S2 45 60
ABILIFY 152 79 46 69
NYSTATIN 151 125 47 48
TRAZODONE HCL 146 106 48 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 142 105 49 21
LEXAPRO 141 129 50 58
WARFARIN SODIUM 140 123 51 11
DIGOXIN 139 122 52 44
HUMULIN R 139 110 52 118
LEVETIRACETAM 134 114 54 77
ALLOPURINOL 133 127 55 50
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 130 121 56 53
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 128 100 57 110
GLIPIZIDE 126 113 58 43
PLAVIX 124 113 59 65
TRAMADOL HCL 122 114 60 25
TRAVATAN Z 121 118 61 74
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 120 116 62 27
CYMBALTA 119 94 63 45
BACLOFEN 119 62 63 78
RANITIDINE HCL 118 84 65 36
MORPHINE SULFATE 118 103 S2 65 103
ATENOLOL 118 92 65 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 117 95 68 72
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 111 91 69 73
SPIRONOLACTONE 105 89 70 70
VENLAFAXINE HCL 104 72 71 169
HYDROXYZINE HCL 101 82 R 72 139
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 100 99 73 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 86 74 23
SINGULAIR 98 85 75 172
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 97 74 76 85
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 97 72 76 82
METRONIDAZOLE 97 88 76 173
DILTIAZEM HCL 90 89 79 144
BUDESONIDE 89 74 80 145
GENERLAC 87 54 81 146
ADVAIR DISKUS 87 81 81 62
NITROFURANTOIN 86 84 83 142
LIDOCAINE HCL 84 74 84 134
LYRICA 84 65 84 99
CLONIDINE 82 80 86 129
DEXTROSE WITH SODIUM CHLORIDE 81 65 87 182
FLUCONAZOLE 80 52 88 142
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 79 74 89 183
HUMALOG 79 64 89 95
CEFTRIAXONE 78 73 91 108
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 78 66 91 184
METOLAZONE 76 71 93 88
ROPINIROLE HCL 74 57 94 101
AZITHROMYCIN 72 60 95 94
SPIRIVA 71 62 96 92
SODIUM CHLORIDE 70 61 97 190
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 70 70 97 190
CLONIDINE HCL 68 68 99 83
LIDODERM 68 66 99 90
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 65 65 101 195
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 63 47 102 198
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 63 32 S2 102 120
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 62 61 104 137
SEROQUEL 61 56 105 100
LUMIGAN 60 56 106 203
SANTYL 60 39 106 133
PHENYTOIN 59 40 108 107
DIOVAN 59 59 108 39
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 58 56 110 138
MECLIZINE HCL 58 50 110 159
COMBIVENT 57 43 112 165
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 56 112 105
TORSEMIDE 57 52 112 209
TERAZOSIN HCL 57 57 112 209
HALOPERIDOL 56 37 116 127
MELOXICAM 56 44 116 97
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 35 118 52
TIMOLOL MALEATE 54 54 119 154
KLOR-CON M20 54 42 119 55
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 53 37 121 122
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 52 52 122 219
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 51 26 123 128
CARAFATE 51 45 123 221
LATANOPROST 50 48 125 102
RENVELA 50 40 125 224
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 April 9, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.