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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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10,520Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 328 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$1.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 72 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

325 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older

53% 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

13% of this provider’s 325 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

25% of this provider’s 325 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$112 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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

$855K

2014

$1.19M

2015

$1.18M

2016

Number of Claims

12,542

2014

11,607

2015

10,520

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 450

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

334

prescriptions.

80

patients, 25% of all patients

1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 367

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

73

patients, 22% of all patients

2 2
CRESTOR 300

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

47

patients, 14% of all patients

3 44
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 296

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

48

patients, 15% of all patients

4 8
OMEPRAZOLE 277

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

42

patients, 13% of all patients

5 5
METFORMIN HCL ER 264

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

60

patients, 18% of all patients

6 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 262

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

46

patients, 14% of all patients

7 18
LISINOPRIL 252

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

44

patients, 14% of all patients

8 4
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

28

patients, 9% of all patients

9 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

57

patients, 18% of all patients

O 10 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

11 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

12 16
LIPITOR 165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

41

patients, 13% of all patients

10 13 304
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

47

patients, 14% of all patients

14 21
RANITIDINE HCL 163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

15 22
FUROSEMIDE 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

16 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

17 3
CHLORTHALIDONE 146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

18 100
NORVASC 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

36

patients, 11% of all patients

10 19 295
ALPRAZOLAM 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

20 15
KLOR-CON 10 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

21 142
SYNTHROID 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

22 72
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

23 73
CLOPIDOGREL 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

24 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

24 14
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

26 76
COUMADIN 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

27 333
GABAPENTIN 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

28 11
PROAIR HFA 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

28 55
CARVEDILOL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

30 20
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

30 35
TRAMADOL HCL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

O 32 17
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

33 138
ALLOPURINOL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

34 31
TRULICITY 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

35 235
ADVAIR DISKUS 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

35 95
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

37 48
NAPROXEN 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

37 102
FORTAMET 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

10 37 417
JANUVIA 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 40 57
NEXIUM 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

40 90
BENAZEPRIL HCL 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

<11 42 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

43 13
SURE COMFORT* 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

44 329
VENTOLIN HFA 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

45 74
TAMSULOSIN HCL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

46 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

47 32
BENICAR 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 48 183
PRAVACHOL 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

10 48 314
TOPROL XL 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

48 359
MELOXICAM 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

51 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

52 23
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 52 65
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

54 166
NIFEDIPINE ER 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 55 109
GLUCOPHAGE XR 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

10 56 462
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 57 69
PLAVIX 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

57 386
DULOXETINE HCL 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 59 39
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 Nov. 26, 2007.
  • 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.