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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,122Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 441 out of 1185

$280K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 558 out of 1185

216 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

7% of this provider’s 216 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 216 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,350 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

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 323 250 1 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 196 154 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 174 97 S3 3 2
LISINOPRIL 151 131 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 149 102 5 6
SYNTHROID 128 101 6 61
FUROSEMIDE 116 83 7 8
GABAPENTIN 115 69 8 13
METFORMIN HCL 113 100 9 9
RANITIDINE HCL 112 56 10 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 110 90 11 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 84 12 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 105 65 13 42
TRAMADOL HCL 104 54 14 16
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 100 53 15 81
CITALOPRAM HBR 93 57 16 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 69 17 36
GLIPIZIDE XL 79 63 18 95
TRAZODONE HCL 71 33 19 38
JANUVIA 67 57 20 68
GLIPIZIDE ER 65 65 21 77
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 65 62 21 11
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 32 R 23 51
SERTRALINE HCL 63 52 24 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 60 55 25 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 57 48 26 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 41 27 12
ATENOLOL 54 49 28 28
KLOR-CON M10 51 51 29 141
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 June 29, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.