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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Orthopaedic Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,458Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 133 providers in this state and specialty

$168K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 133 providers in this state and specialty

1,076 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79% Patients 65 Years and Older

36% 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

0% of this provider’s 852 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

12% of this provider’s 1,076 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

56% of this provider’s 1,076 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 65%.

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Brand Name Drugs

5% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 5%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $32 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

4 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 3.


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

$174K

2014

$149K

2015

$168K

2016

Number of Claims

4,598

2014

4,216

2015

4,458

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,074

prescriptions, 24% of all prescriptions

749

prescriptions.

339

patients, 32% of all patients

O 1 1
MELOXICAM 710

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

592

prescriptions.

220

patients, 20% of all patients

2 2
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 487

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

298

prescriptions.

202

patients, 19% of all patients

O 3 3
TIZANIDINE HCL 374

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

196

patients, 18% of all patients

4 9
TRAMADOL HCL 265

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

110

patients, 10% of all patients

O 5 4
MUPIROCIN* 156

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

129

patients, 12% of all patients

6 22
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 115

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

77

patients, 7% of all patients

7 13
VOLTAREN 113

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

58

patients, 5% of all patients

8 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 112

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

101

patients, 9% of all patients

9 27
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 112

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

O 9 26
AMOXICILLIN 102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

85

patients, 8% of all patients

A 11 24
GABAPENTIN 94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

12 6
CELECOXIB 90

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

13 8
NABUMETONE 86

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

14 16
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 74

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

15 7
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 71

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

48

patients, 4% of all patients

O 16 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 Oct. 26, 2011.
  • 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.