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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,582Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 38

$245K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 38

187 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76% Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in South Carolina
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 187 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 187 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in South Carolina
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 435 237 55 S3 1 2
ALPRAZOLAM 270 149 37 B 2 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 149 114 33 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 116 89 24 4 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 107 82 21 5 8
CARISOPRODOL 97 26 14 R 6 159
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 91 75 18 7 9
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 89 72 54 8 42
LISINOPRIL 86 68 16 9 3
OMEPRAZOLE 74 33 20 10 6
CRESTOR 74 <11 <11 10 33
DIAZEPAM 73 50 11 B 12 81
AZITHROMYCIN 69 50 47 13 37
LORAZEPAM 68 40 12 B 14 17
METFORMIN HCL 64 30 14 15 10
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 <11 <11 S2 16 51
GEMFIBROZIL 57 <11 <11 17 114
TRAMADOL HCL 55 43 13 18 13
OXYCODONE HCL 52 <11 <11 S2 19 116
CELEBREX 51 <11 <11 20 129
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 51 <11 <11 20 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 <11 <11 22 43
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 Jan. 30, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.