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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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40,194Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 19

$2.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 19

875 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

16% of this provider’s 875 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 875 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 34,474 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 36.


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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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,705 1,628 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,406 1,262 2 2
GABAPENTIN 1,163 924 3 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,107 930 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,104 987 5 3
JANTOVEN 1,027 872 6 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 960 897 7 5
PREDNISONE 904 853 8 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 882 773 9 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 785 669 S3 10 8
NAMENDA 782 766 11 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 745 678 12 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 738 658 13 16
LISINOPRIL 707 549 14 7
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 691 651 10 15 31
SERTRALINE HCL 584 536 16 18
SIMVASTATIN 517 420 17 15
MIRTAZAPINE 496 481 18 17
DILTIAZEM HCL 439 421 10 19 74
METFORMIN HCL 436 353 20 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 433 358 21 34
OMEPRAZOLE 433 352 21 14
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 412 311 23 63
LANTUS 408 325 24 29
TRAZODONE HCL 407 363 25 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 405 405 26 9
EXELON 370 366 27 26
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 357 307 28 30
CARVEDILOL 352 288 29 22
GLIPIZIDE 352 312 29 42
CEPHALEXIN 340 300 31 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 337 275 32 13
LEXAPRO 329 280 33 48
TRAMADOL HCL 310 277 34 23
NOVOLOG 299 200 35 60
LEVETIRACETAM 293 193 36 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 293 252 36 32
ALLOPURINOL 289 263 38 59
CEFDINIR 270 248 39 85
CYMBALTA 270 252 39 37
NOVOLIN N 258 227 41 126
RISPERIDONE 253 149 42 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 243 203 43 39
KLOR-CON 10 239 187 44 53
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 225 210 45 110
SPIRONOLACTONE 220 147 46 93
ATENOLOL 215 201 47 54
NOVOLIN R 195 173 48 73
PROMETHAZINE HCL 188 138 R 49 72
OLANZAPINE 184 174 50 49
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 183 156 51 83
AZITHROMYCIN 177 164 52 89
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 174 125 53 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 173 167 54 40
HYDROXYZINE HCL 173 134 R 54 97
LEVEMIR 172 86 56 65
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 172 157 56 55
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 171 155 58 76
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 167 136 59 44
KLOR-CON M20 160 155 60 79
TRAVATAN Z 159 128 61 91
FENTANYL 150 138 S2 62 70
SEROQUEL 146 124 63 64
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 145 143 64 45
PHENYTOIN 144 91 65 136
RESTASIS 141 115 66 112
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 140 125 67 75
CLONIDINE HCL 139 76 68 84
ADVAIR DISKUS 133 124 69 68
HALOPERIDOL 132 83 70 103
RANITIDINE HCL 132 112 70 21
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 130 122 S2 72 123
CLOPIDOGREL 128 119 73 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 127 126 74 61
NYSTATIN 118 107 75 56
DIOVAN 117 116 76 51
PAROXETINE HCL 117 102 76 96
HYDRALAZINE HCL 116 71 78 66
SYMBICORT 116 88 78 151
METOLAZONE 115 101 80 101
CLONIDINE 111 72 81 118
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 111 106 81 25
KLOR-CON M10 109 74 83 92
LEVOFLOXACIN 107 92 84 52
VENLAFAXINE HCL 106 86 85 131
NOVOLIN 70-30 106 90 85 170
ABILIFY 103 88 87 78
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 102 97 88 106
SPIRIVA 100 97 89 98
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 83 90 57
LYRICA 98 71 91 113
CARBAMAZEPINE 98 65 91 116
METHADONE HCL 96 93 S2 93 173
PREMARIN 96 95 R 93 173
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 94 78 95 69
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 93 93 96 58
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 92 72 97 177
NEXIUM 88 67 98 43
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 88 59 98 107
CEFTRIAXONE 88 83 98 87
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 87 85 101 149
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 87 80 101 62
MONOJECT INSULIN SAFETY SYRNG 86 63 103 142
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 84 58 104 120
PLAVIX 84 59 104 67
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 84 74 104 180
SANTYL 81 76 107 99
LIDOCAINE HCL 79 73 108 102
FLUCONAZOLE 77 70 109 108
SINGLE USE SWAB 76 59 110 122
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 74 71 111 50
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74 67 111 77
BUDESONIDE 74 73 111 129
SEROQUEL XR 73 54 114 186
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 72 27 115 81
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 60 115 159
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 60 117 94
ERYTHROMYCIN 68 48 118 192
OXCARBAZEPINE 68 59 118 149
DOXEPIN HCL 67 67 120 195
MORPHINE SULFATE 67 62 S2 120 132
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 66 48 S2 122 164
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 66 63 122 162
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 66 53 122 33
BACLOFEN 66 47 122 71
COMBIGAN 64 51 126 203
BENAZEPRIL HCL 63 49 127 82
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 62 52 128 155
SPS 62 61 128 134
LIDODERM 60 57 130 115
CLOZAPINE 59 59 131 208
JANUVIA 58 45 132 210
XOPENEX 58 36 132 143
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 58 41 132 128
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 57 51 135 132
SINGULAIR 56 41 136 138
LATANOPROST 56 51 136 86
CALCIUM ACETATE 56 38 136 216
HALOPERIDOL LACTATE 56 46 136 170
ROPINIROLE HCL 56 54 136 88
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 54 33 141 105
HUMALOG 52 35 142 95
GLUCAGON EMERGENCY KIT 51 28 143 229
GLIMEPIRIDE 51 51 143 138
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 51 46 143 100
NYSTOP 50 49 146 137
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.