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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,721Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 422 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$602K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 379 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

492 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

18% 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

25% of this provider’s 492 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

21% of this provider’s 492 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$570K

2014

$602K

2015

$602K

2016

Number of Claims

7,932

2014

8,625

2015

8,721

2016

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.

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 337

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

86

patients, 17% of all patients

1 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 322

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

85

patients, 17% of all patients

2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 273

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

67

patients, 14% of all patients

3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

4 5
GABAPENTIN 183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

53

patients, 11% of all patients

5 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

58

patients, 12% of all patients

6 8
ALPRAZOLAM 178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

7 15
TRAMADOL HCL 176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

61

patients, 12% of all patients

O 8 17
SIMVASTATIN 173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

9 9
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

10 35
LISINOPRIL 161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

11 4
FUROSEMIDE 160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

64

patients, 13% of all patients

12 10
METFORMIN HCL ER 145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

13 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

47

patients, 10% of all patients

14 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

75

patients, 15% of all patients

15 21
METFORMIN HCL 136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

16 7
SERTRALINE HCL 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

17 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

18 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

19 14
MELOXICAM 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

20 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

O 21 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

22 16
TRAZODONE HCL 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

23 29
RALOXIFENE HCL 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

24 156
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

25 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

26 13
DULOXETINE HCL 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

27 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

28 60
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

28 48
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

28 59
LORAZEPAM 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

31 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

32 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

32 12
RANITIDINE HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

34 22
ATENOLOL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

35 41
CRESTOR 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

36 44
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

37 106
CARVEDILOL 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

38 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

38 19
VALSARTAN 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

40 50
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

40 89
BUPROPION XL 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

40 115
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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 June 28, 2018.
  • 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.