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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Dermatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,516Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 95

$477K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 95

1,674 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older

24% 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

37% of this provider’s 1,674 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 1,434 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Opioids

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

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Brand Name Drugs *

11% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $214 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

4 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 3.


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

$284K

2012

$306K

2013

$350K

2014

$477K

2015

Number of Claims

5,162

2012

4,949

2013

5,641

2014

6,516

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
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

618

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

506

prescriptions.

362

patients, 22% of all patients

1 2
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

486

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

428

prescriptions.

391

patients, 23% of all patients

A 2 6
MINOCYCLINE HCL

Minocycline is used to trea... +

Minocycline is used to treat bacterial infections including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; acne; and infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems. Source: National Library of Medicine

403

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

343

prescriptions.

129

patients, 8% of all patients

A 10 3 8
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

375

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

322

prescriptions.

264

patients, 16% of all patients

4 13
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE*

Treats skin irritation, all... +

Treats skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

367

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

320

prescriptions.

194

patients, 12% of all patients

5 15
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

Treats fungal infections in the skin, throat, urinary tract, and lungs. Source: National Library of Medicine

322

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

162

patients, 10% of all patients

6 3
METHOTREXATE

Treats several kinds of can... +

Treats several kinds of cancer, including cancer of the blood, bone, lung, breast, head, or neck. Source: National Library of Medicine

299

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

47

patients, 3% of all patients

7 16
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

250

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

165

patients, 10% of all patients

8 18
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE

Treats psoriasis, skin irri... +

Treats psoriasis, skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

220

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

105

patients, 6% of all patients

9 1
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

Doxepin is used to treat depression and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

195

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

54

patients, 3% of all patients

R 10 29
CYCLOSPORINE MODIFIED 139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

49

patients, 3% of all patients

10 11 37
HALOBETASOL PROPIONATE 131

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

52

patients, 3% of all patients

12 27
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE

Doxycycline is used to trea... +

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; Lyme disease; acne; infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems; and anthrax (after inhalational exposure). Source: National Library of Medicine

127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

A 13 5
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

111

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

53

patients, 3% of all patients

R 14 24
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

109

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

35

patients, 2% of all patients

A 15 26
TERBINAFINE HCL

Terbinafine is used to trea... +

Terbinafine is used to treat fungal infections of the toenail and fingernail. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

61

patients, 4% of all patients

16 42
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE

The combination of nystatin... +

The combination of nystatin and triamcinolone is used to treat fungal skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

58

patients, 3% of all patients

17 44
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

56

patients, 3% of all patients

A 18 33
HYDROCORTISONE BUTYRATE 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

52

patients, 3% of all patients

10 19 46
LIDOCAINE-PRILOCAINE

This is used on the skin or... +

This is used on the skin or in the genital area to cause numbness or loss of feeling before certain medical procedures. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

20 49
CICLOPIROX*

Treats skin infections caus... +

Treats skin infections caused by fungus, such as ringworm, athlete's foot, or dandruff. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

42

patients, 3% of all patients

21 51
ALCLOMETASONE DIPROPIONATE 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

52

patients, 3% of all patients

22 31
METRONIDAZOLE*

Used to treat serious bacte... +

Used to treat serious bacterial infections in different areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

42

patients, 3% of all patients

A 23 10
AMMONIUM LACTATE

Treats dry, scaly skin cond... +

Treats dry, scaly skin conditions called xerosis and ichthyosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

58

patients, 3% of all patients

23 20
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE

This combination medication... +

This combination medication is used to treat a variety of inflamed fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

40

patients, 2% of all patients

25 34
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

26 25
MUPIROCIN*

Treats skin infections and ... +

Treats skin infections and bacterial infections in your nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

27 4
FLUOCINONIDE

Treats many skin disorders.... +

Treats many skin disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

25

patients, 1% of all patients

28 7
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

29 54
IMIQUIMOD 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

39

patients, 2% of all patients

30 32
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

30 41
MOMETASONE FUROATE

Mometasone is used to relie... +

Mometasone is used to relieve the itching and inflammation of numerous skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

32 19
CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE

Topical clindamycin is used... +

Topical clindamycin is used to treat acne. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

A 33 23
DESOXIMETASONE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

34 22
FLUOROURACIL

Treats cancer of the colon,... +

Treats cancer of the colon, rectum, breast, pancreas, and stomach. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

35 11
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

35 57
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. 14, 2011.
  • 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.