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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,485Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 128

$2.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 128

1,000 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69% Patients 65 Years and Older

37% 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

3% of this provider’s 694 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

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

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

10% of this provider’s 694 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

9% of this provider’s 1,000 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 17%.

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Brand Name Drugs

12% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$225 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $156 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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

$989K

2012

$1.15M

2013

$1.78M

2014

$2.36M

2015

Number of Claims

6,165

2012

7,060

2013

9,057

2014

10,485

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
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

1,340

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

977

prescriptions.

271

patients, 27% of all patients

1 1
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

601

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

557

prescriptions.

112

patients, 11% of all patients

2 19
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Pramipexole is used alone o... +

Pramipexole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

588

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

533

prescriptions.

103

patients, 10% of all patients

10 3 64
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

The combination of levodopa... +

The combination of levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

570

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

528

prescriptions.

96

patients, 10% of all patients

4 31
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

547

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

450

prescriptions.

105

patients, 11% of all patients

5 28
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

499

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

82

patients, 8% of all patients

6 27
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

360

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

69

patients, 7% of all patients

7 33
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

344

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

58

patients, 6% of all patients

8 61
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

268

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

9 73
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

254

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

10 120
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

253

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

51

patients, 5% of all patients

11 45
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

12 20
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

13 10
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

222

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

14 26
OXCARBAZEPINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Source: National Library of Medicine

219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

15 111
CARBAMAZEPINE ER

Treats certain types of se... +

Treats certain types of seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

217

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

16 127
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED

Phenytoin is used to contro... +

Phenytoin is used to control certain type of seizures, and to treat and prevent seizures that may begin during or after surgery to the brain or nervous system. Source: National Library of Medicine

211

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

17 109
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

R 18 21
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

19 81
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

20 30
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

21 63
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

O 22 16
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA ER

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

23 182
PHENOBARBITAL

Used to control seizures. P... +

Used to control seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

R 24 146
PROPRANOLOL HCL ER

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), certain types of tremor, and hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (a heart muscle disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

25 248
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

O 26 2
NADOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

27 259
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

27 25
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

29 13
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

R 30 79
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

P 31 22
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

R 32 78
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE

Sumatriptan is used to trea... +

Sumatriptan is used to treat the symptoms of migraine headaches (severe, throbbing headaches that sometimes is accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to sound and light). Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

33 177
ZONISAMIDE

Treats partial seizures in ... +

Treats partial seizures in adults with epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 34 179
CLORAZEPATE DIPOTASSIUM

Treats anxiety, trouble sle... +

Treats anxiety, trouble sleeping, symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and certain types of epilepsy (seizures). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 35 284
VIMPAT

Used to control partial sei... +

Used to control partial seizures (convulsions) in the treatment of epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 36 141
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

37 189
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 Aug. 20, 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.