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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Infectious Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,328Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 50

$3.3M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 50

164 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
26% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in South Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

0 of this provider’s 43 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

26% of this provider’s 164 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 44%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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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

59% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 52%.

Prescription Price

$619 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $1009 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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

$2.34M

2012

$2.68M

2013

$2.89M

2014

$3.3M

2015

Number of Claims

4,421

2012

4,744

2013

4,569

2014

5,328

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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O

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
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

535

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

54

patients, 33% of all patients

1 1
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

421

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

47

patients, 29% of all patients

2 2
EPZICOM 274

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

32

patients, 20% of all patients

3 12
REYATAZ 263

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

27

patients, 16% of all patients

4 6
LEXIVA 207

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

19

patients, 12% of all patients

10 5 51
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

206

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

24

patients, 15% of all patients

6 4
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

182

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 12% of all patients

7 5
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

178

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

24

patients, 15% of all patients

8 8
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

168

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

23

patients, 14% of all patients

9 16
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

18

patients, 11% of all patients

10 3
COMPLERA 119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

11

patients, 7% of all patients

11 23
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

84

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 7% of all patients

12 17
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 13 26
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

Treats herpes labialis (cold sores). Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 14 102
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

12

patients, 7% of all patients

A 15 10
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 16 35
NEVIRAPINE ER 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 17 109
DAPSONE 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 18 115
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 19 64
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

11

patients, 7% of all patients

20 13
SUSTIVA 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 21 29
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 R 22 50
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 22 82
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 July 8, 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.