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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,484Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 20

$1.56M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 20

647 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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

26% of this provider’s 647 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 647 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 37.


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
NAMENDA 1,635 1,608 135 1 2
JANTOVEN 1,424 1,290 31 10 2 19
FUROSEMIDE 1,020 937 148 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 980 915 127 4 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 756 701 102 5 7
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 610 509 80 6 3
EXELON 590 562 88 7 32
LISINOPRIL 558 530 90 8 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 527 447 132 S3 9 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 523 444 54 10 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 513 486 76 11 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 511 493 76 12 9
GABAPENTIN 504 439 73 13 11
SERTRALINE HCL 469 434 52 14 21
LORAZEPAM 456 399 123 B 15 20
MIRTAZAPINE 416 396 86 16 14
OMEPRAZOLE 405 385 86 17 13
CYMBALTA 355 340 32 18 37
CLOPIDOGREL 322 302 48 19 31
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 305 271 115 20 34
METFORMIN HCL 304 288 37 21 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 295 268 48 22 22
ABILIFY 291 156 22 A 23 45
CITALOPRAM HBR 274 255 40 24 15
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 266 233 60 25 79
RANITIDINE HCL 258 239 57 26 33
LANTUS 256 227 33 27 40
TRAZODONE HCL 251 224 41 28 24
TRAMADOL HCL 250 245* 64 29 23
AMITIZA 229 193 16 30 132
CARVEDILOL 220 195 38 31 24
ALLOPURINOL 215 185 20 32 41
RIVASTIGMINE 210 210 16 33 125
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 190 167 37 A 34 30
LEVETIRACETAM 190 185* 23 34 39
CELEBREX 186 172 16 36 109
PREDNISONE 183 178* 60 37 36
FAMOTIDINE* 182 177* 30 38 28
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 178 163 101 39 64
DONEPEZIL HCL 178 173* 36 39 12
MELOXICAM 170 170 30 41 87
PROMETHAZINE HCL 167 156 74 R 42 77
SIMVASTATIN 164 145 26 43 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 142 26 44 43
DIOVAN 156 156 16 45 42
JANUVIA 151 151 12 46 107
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 150 128 31 47 73
LEVOFLOXACIN 150 139 73 47 61
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 150 145* 20 47 49
CEPHALEXIN 142 137* 71 50 58
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 126 18 51 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 138 102 29 51 44
CEFDINIR 135 123 77 53 101
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 128 116 73 54 86
NOVOLOG 128 123* 21 54 57
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 127 102 33 56 18
HUMALOG 126 83 21 57 88
SPIRONOLACTONE 124 111 25 58 69
GLIPIZIDE 120 120 18 59 54
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 112 107* 67 60 123
DIGOXIN 112 92 15 60 81
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108 103* 46 62 67
OXYCONTIN 108 103* 14 S2 62 178
ALPRAZOLAM 108 103* 22 B 62 66
WARFARIN SODIUM 108 103* 21 62 6
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 107 102* 54 66 99
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 104 85 20 67 65
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 102 91 17 68 46
LIDOCAINE HCL* 97 92* 57 69 100
LATANOPROST 97 92* 23 69 53
CLONAZEPAM 96 79 29 B 71 50
BACLOFEN 95 67 13 72 71
NEXIUM 94 89* 12 73 34
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 94 89* 14 73 68
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 94 94 12 73 48
FENTANYL 94 72 37 S2 73 76
BUSPIRONE HCL 91 86* 13 77 137
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 90 85* 16 78 90
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 87 <11 <11 79 93
CRESTOR 86 <11 <11 80 70
OXYCODONE HCL 86 58 53 S2 80 89
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 85 <11 <11 A 82 157
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 84 79* 15 83 145
SPIRIVA 83 78* 21 84 84
CEFTRIAXONE* 80 75* 46 85 97
DIGOX 80 75* 20 85 106
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 65 17 87 72
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 79 <11 <11 87 94
METOLAZONE 78 73* 17 89 82
TEMAZEPAM 78 59 13 B 89 134
LYRICA 77 72* 12 91 80
LIDODERM 76 71* 19 92 144
SUCRALFATE 74 69* 15 93 203
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 73 <11 <11 94 118
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 73 <11 <11 94 163
AGGRENOX 71 <11 <11 96 60
NAMENDA XR 70 65* 15 97 159
HYDROXYZINE HCL 70 51 26 R 97 121
HYDRALAZINE HCL 68 63* 13 99 52
SANTYL 67 67 20 100 105
AZITHROMYCIN 67 62* 42 100 78
MEGESTROL ACETATE 67 67 18 R 100 166
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 66 <11 <11 103 120
CLONIDINE HCL 66 61* 16 103 94
LUMIGAN 65 65 14 105 214
NYSTATIN 65 60* 37 105 59
MORPHINE SULFATE 64 59* 43 S2 107 122
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 64 59* 39 107 126
VOLTAREN 64 59* 12 107 168
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 62 57* 17 110 83
FLUCONAZOLE 62 57* 37 110 111
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 61 61 11 112 177
OLANZAPINE 61 <11 <11 A 112 63
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 <11 <11 114 96
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 57 <11 <11 115 92
WELCHOL 56 <11 <11 116 227
TORSEMIDE 55 <11 <11 117 108
KLOR-CON M20 53 53 14 118 75
NUEDEXTA 53 <11 <11 118 103
OXCARBAZEPINE 53 <11 <11 118 230
BUDESONIDE 51 46* 13 121 114
RISPERIDONE 50 <11 <11 A 122 29
GENERLAC 50 <11 <11 122 236
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 Dec. 27, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.