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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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13,395Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 197 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$944K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 137 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

437 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81% Patients 65 Years and Older

52% 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

22% of this provider’s 437 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

11% of this provider’s 437 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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

$914K

2014

$918K

2015

$944K

2016

Number of Claims

11,449

2014

12,120

2015

13,395

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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 793

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

675

prescriptions.

136

patients, 31% of all patients

1 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 607

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

505

prescriptions.

104

patients, 24% of all patients

2 13
OMEPRAZOLE 536

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

442

prescriptions.

91

patients, 21% of all patients

3 5
SIMVASTATIN 526

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

461

prescriptions.

81

patients, 19% of all patients

4 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 501

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

414

prescriptions.

88

patients, 20% of all patients

5 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 448

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

364

prescriptions.

67

patients, 15% of all patients

6 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 384

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

317

prescriptions.

69

patients, 16% of all patients

7 16
METFORMIN HCL ER 369

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

281

prescriptions.

70

patients, 16% of all patients

8 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 355

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

60

patients, 14% of all patients

9 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 324

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

59

patients, 14% of all patients

10 8
LISINOPRIL 250

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

11 4
GABAPENTIN 242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

61

patients, 14% of all patients

12 11
FUROSEMIDE 230

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

45

patients, 10% of all patients

13 10
METFORMIN HCL 211

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

14 7
CHLORTHALIDONE 205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

15 100
CARVEDILOL 203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

16 20
CLOPIDOGREL 173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

17 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

18 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

19 18
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

20 48
GLIPIZIDE ER 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

21 68
HYDRALAZINE HCL 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

22 75
MELOXICAM 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

23 26
SPIRONOLACTONE 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

24 70
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

25 12
DULOXETINE HCL 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

26 39
JANUVIA 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

26 57
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

28 65
VALSARTAN 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

29 50
ATENOLOL 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

30 41
WARFARIN SODIUM 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

31 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

32 33
CRESTOR 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

32 44
TAMSULOSIN HCL 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

34 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

35 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

36 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

37 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

38 21
MIRTAZAPINE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

39 49
XARELTO 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 40 107
CLONAZEPAM 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

41 36
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

42 73
ADVAIR DISKUS 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

43 95
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

43 89
ZETIA 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 45 82
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

46 71
RANITIDINE HCL 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

46 22
ALLOPURINOL 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

48 31
NEXIUM 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

48 90
PROAIR HFA 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

50 55
LYRICA 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

50 58
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

52 69
TRAMADOL HCL 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

O 53 17
TRAZODONE HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 54 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

55 19
PREDNISONE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

43

patients, 10% of all patients

56 38
FINASTERIDE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 57 92
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

58 116
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

59 56
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

59 119
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 59 35
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 Sept. 20, 2013.
  • 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.