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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,607Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 257 out of 1276

$1.19M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 70 out of 1276

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

54% 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

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

9% of this provider’s 423 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 31%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 333 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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Opioids

33% of this provider’s 423 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 22%.

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Brand Name Drugs

44% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$103 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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

$653K

2012

$632K

2013

$855K

2014

$1.19M

2015

Number of Claims

11,134

2012

10,670

2013

12,542

2014

11,607

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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

447

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

340

prescriptions.

78

patients, 18% of all patients

1 1
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

349

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

50

patients, 12% of all patients

2 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

345

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

67

patients, 16% of all patients

3 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

317

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

99

patients, 23% of all patients

O 4 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

313

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

60

patients, 14% of all patients

5 7
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

267

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

43

patients, 10% of all patients

6 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

263

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

65

patients, 15% of all patients

7 3
METFORMIN HCL ER

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

239

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

48

patients, 11% of all patients

8 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

238

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

9 12
NORVASC 219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

48

patients, 11% of all patients

10 10 234
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

11 5
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

12 18
LIPITOR 185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

10 13 261
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

14 64
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

42

patients, 10% of all patients

15 41
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

16 2
GLUCOPHAGE XR 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

10 17 364
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

18 16
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

19 24
PRAVACHOL 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

10 20 271
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

21 13
PLAVIX 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

10 22 295
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

22 43
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

24 85
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

25 14
CHLORTHALIDONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

26 98
TOPROL XL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain), and lowers the risk of repeated heart attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

27 283
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

28 10
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

28 126
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

30 21
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

31 23
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

32 20
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

32 50
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

34 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

35 65
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

Benazepril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

35 51
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

37 84
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

O 38 17
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

39 57
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

40 82
KLOR-CON 10

Potassium is essential for ... +

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

41 121
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

42 72
COUMADIN

Helps to prevent new blood ... +

Helps to prevent new blood clots from forming, and helps to keep existing blood clots from getting worse. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

<11 43 313
ZANTAC 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

10 44 317
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

44 42
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

46 63
NOVOFINE 32

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

47 314
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

48 15
BENICAR HCT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

48 166
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

50 93
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

51 35
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

52 32
LOPRESSOR 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

10 53 378
SINGULAIR 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

10 54 385
PRILOSEC 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

10 55 328
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

55 153
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 57 66
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

58 25
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 58 47
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

60 29
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 60 105
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 Nov. 26, 2007.
  • 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.