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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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8,386Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 441 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$395K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 596 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

366 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82% 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

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

16% of this provider’s 366 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

20% of this provider’s 366 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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

$427K

2014

$412K

2015

$395K

2016

Number of Claims

8,281

2014

8,043

2015

8,386

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 465

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

386

prescriptions.

86

patients, 23% of all patients

1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 436

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

362

prescriptions.

84

patients, 23% of all patients

2 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 430

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

372

prescriptions.

84

patients, 23% of all patients

3 8
FUROSEMIDE 263

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

58

patients, 16% of all patients

4 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 239

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

37

patients, 10% of all patients

O 5 6
LISINOPRIL 236

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

50

patients, 14% of all patients

6 4
METFORMIN HCL ER 230

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

47

patients, 13% of all patients

7 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

8 45
OMEPRAZOLE 172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

9 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

10 13
NIFEDIPINE ER 134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

11 109
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

12 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

13 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

13 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

15 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

15 3
CLONIDINE HCL 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

17 62
TRAMADOL HCL 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

35

patients, 10% of all patients

O 17 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

19 60
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

20 14
CHLORTHALIDONE 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

21 100
VALSARTAN 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

21 50
METFORMIN HCL 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

23 7
CLOPIDOGREL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

24 24
CARVEDILOL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

24 20
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

26 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

27 23
GABAPENTIN 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

27 11
DIAZEPAM 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

29 54
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

29 12
ALPRAZOLAM 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

31 15
ATENOLOL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

32 41
SIMVASTATIN 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

33 9
MELOXICAM 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 34 26
KLOR-CON M20 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 35 103
FAMOTIDINE* 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

36 63
ALLOPURINOL 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

37 31
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 38 118
CITALOPRAM HBR 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

39 30
GLIPIZIDE 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

40 53
TRAZODONE HCL 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

41 29
DULOXETINE HCL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

42 39
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 42 76
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

44 21
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 Oct. 19, 2015.
  • 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.