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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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16,320Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 118 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$716K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 274 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

444 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older

35% 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

23% of this provider’s 444 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

26% of this provider’s 444 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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

$725K

2014

$702K

2015

$716K

2016

Number of Claims

17,455

2014

16,735

2015

16,320

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 977

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

795

prescriptions.

148

patients, 33% of all patients

1 2
LISINOPRIL 862

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

729

prescriptions.

140

patients, 32% of all patients

2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 719

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

609

prescriptions.

121

patients, 27% of all patients

3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 512

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

465

prescriptions.

83

patients, 19% of all patients

4 1
METFORMIN HCL ER 457

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

323

prescriptions.

76

patients, 17% of all patients

5 34
SIMVASTATIN 455

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

383

prescriptions.

75

patients, 17% of all patients

6 9
ALPRAZOLAM 446

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

365

prescriptions.

73

patients, 16% of all patients

7 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 391

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

349

prescriptions.

70

patients, 16% of all patients

8 8
GABAPENTIN 371

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

288

prescriptions.

66

patients, 15% of all patients

9 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 351

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

57

patients, 13% of all patients

O 10 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 338

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

54

patients, 12% of all patients

11 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 330

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

310

prescriptions.

56

patients, 13% of all patients

12 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 328

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

46

patients, 10% of all patients

13 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 304

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

47

patients, 11% of all patients

14 12
FUROSEMIDE 302

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

71

patients, 16% of all patients

15 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 255

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

16 45
ALLOPURINOL 241

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

17 31
ATENOLOL 238

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

18 41
METFORMIN HCL 233

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

19 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 229

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

20 14
MELOXICAM 207

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

21 26
TRAMADOL HCL 202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

43

patients, 10% of all patients

O 22 17
RANITIDINE HCL 195

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

23 22
CLOPIDOGREL 168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

24 24
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

25 67
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

25 18
ZETIA 161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

27 82
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

28 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

29 27
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

30 93
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

31 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

32 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

33 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

34 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

35 21
RALOXIFENE HCL 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

36 156
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

37 19
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

37 181
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

O 39 37
TRAZODONE HCL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

40 29
SERTRALINE HCL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

41 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

42 43
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

43 32
MECLIZINE HCL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

44 112
SUCRALFATE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

45 153
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 46 69
NEXIUM 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

47 90
MIRTAZAPINE 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

<11 48 49
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

48 118
DULOXETINE HCL 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

48 39
PROAIR HFA 78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

51 55
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

52 35
TEMAZEPAM 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

53 78
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

53 73
CRESTOR 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

55 44
PAROXETINE HCL 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

55 80
CARVEDILOL 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

57 20
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

58 79
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 59 61
SYMBICORT 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 59 94
TIZANIDINE HCL 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

59 64
CLONIDINE HCL 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

59 62
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

63 65
LORAZEPAM 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

64 25
NIFEDIPINE ER 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 65 109
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

66 59
FENOFIBRATE* 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 67 123
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 Feb. 9, 2012.
  • 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.