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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,124Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 128

$753K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 128

889 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79% Patients 65 Years and Older

46% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in South Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 700 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

41% of this provider’s 889 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 700 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

24% of this provider’s 889 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 17%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$106 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $156 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$491K

2012

$590K

2013

$758K

2014

$753K

2015

Number of Claims

4,997

2012

5,595

2013

7,151

2014

7,124

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,094

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

882

prescriptions.

229

patients, 26% of all patients

1 3
ELMIRON 532

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

91

patients, 10% of all patients

10 2 84
FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

522

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

477

prescriptions.

105

patients, 12% of all patients

3 9
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

427

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

85

patients, 10% of all patients

4 52
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

320

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

143

patients, 16% of all patients

O 5 2
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

Treating infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

317

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

258

prescriptions.

125

patients, 14% of all patients

A 6 41
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

258

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

186

patients, 21% of all patients

A 7 17
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

202

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

O 8 4
TERAZOSIN HCL

Terazosin is used in men to... +

Terazosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

200

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

9 169
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

180

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

47

patients, 5% of all patients

10 45
VESICARE

Solifenacin is used to trea... +

Solifenacin is used to treat overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably and cause frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination). Source: National Library of Medicine

176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

11 72
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

R 12 78
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

60

patients, 7% of all patients

A 13 62
HYDROXYZINE HCL

Hydroxyzine is used to reli... +

Hydroxyzine is used to relieve the itching caused by allergies and to control the nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions, including motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

R 14 204
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

15 124
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE

Methenamine, an antibiotic,... +

Methenamine, an antibiotic, eliminates bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

16 160
MYRBETRIQ

Used to treat overactive bl... +

Used to treat overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably and cause frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination). Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

17 98
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

18 168
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

O 19 14
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

20 1
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE

Used to treat symptoms of l... +

Used to treat symptoms of low testosterone in men who do not produce enough natural testosterone. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

21 252
PHENAZOPYRIDINE HCL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

10 22 253
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

23 57
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

24 30
ESTRACE

Estrogens are female hormones. +

Estrogens are female hormones. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

R 25 273
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

26 101
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

O 27 16
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

R 28 100
ALFUZOSIN HCL ER

Alfuzosin is used in men to... +

Alfuzosin is used in men to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

28 233
TOLTERODINE TARTRATE ER

Tolterodine is used treat o... +

Tolterodine is used treat overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably and cause frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination) to relieve urinary difficulties, including frequent urination and inability to control urination. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

30 233
AVODART

Treats problems with urinat... +

Treats problems with urination caused by an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

31 102
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO

Nitrofurantoinis used to tr... +

Nitrofurantoinis used to treat urinary tract infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

A R 32 123
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

A 33 190
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 O 34 44
TROSPIUM CHLORIDE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

35 310
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. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than 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 there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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. 21, 2016.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.