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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,480Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 195 out of 1185

$510K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 263 out of 1185

493 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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

14% of this provider’s 493 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 493 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 6,616 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 562 292 S3 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 318 247 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 290 171 3 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 282 197 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 253 194 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 247 175 6 6
ENDOCET 229 82 S2 7 80
MELOXICAM 224 133 8 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 202 97 9 15
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 171 139 10 62
LISINOPRIL 166 148 11 4
RANITIDINE HCL 166 112 11 17
GABAPENTIN 162 98 13 13
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 162 57 S2 13 82
BENAZEPRIL HCL 145 92 15 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 143 110 16 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 141 126 17 10
PREDNISONE 138 86 18 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 91 19 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 120 97 20 21
FLUOXETINE HCL 117 83 21 52
NEXIUM 110 62 22 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 109 82 23 49
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 105 66 24 91
METFORMIN HCL 97 58 25 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 96 82 26 11
SERTRALINE HCL 95 54 27 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 94 73 28 18
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 94 41 R 28 51
CARVEDILOL 93 61 30 24
CARISOPRODOL 86 13 R 31 87
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 85 56 32 116
CLOPIDOGREL 82 67 33 31
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 81 76 34 60
PROMETHAZINE HCL 80 26 R 35 76
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 73 36 101
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 70 37 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 61 38 12
KLOR-CON M20 75 52 39 59
SIMVASTATIN 72 67 40 5
CYMBALTA 71 12 41 44
PREMARIN 69 21 R 42 152
AZITHROMYCIN 62 39 43 39
TRAMADOL HCL 62 25 43 16
FENTANYL 61 30 S2 45 107
CITALOPRAM HBR 60 37 46 22
PLAVIX 58 44 47 45
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 44 48 36
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 56 21 R 49 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 45 49 26
LANTUS 55 14 51 66
DIOVAN HCT 55 35 51 46
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 35 S2 53 94
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 39 53 109
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 Sept. 1, 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.