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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,936Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 211 out of 1276

$848K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 162 out of 1276

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

33% 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

28% of this provider’s 500 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 31%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 433 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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Opioids

23% of this provider’s 500 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 22%.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$479K

2012

$587K

2013

$838K

2014

$848K

2015

Number of Claims

8,322

2012

9,675

2013

12,627

2014

12,936

2015

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.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

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

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

759

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

708

prescriptions.

140

patients, 28% of all patients

1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

751

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

669

prescriptions.

147

patients, 29% of all patients

2 3
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

675

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

593

prescriptions.

151

patients, 30% of all patients

3 4
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

447

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

402

prescriptions.

84

patients, 17% of all patients

4 5
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

442

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

368

prescriptions.

96

patients, 19% of all patients

5 9
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

428

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

370

prescriptions.

107

patients, 21% of all patients

O 6 17
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

396

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

320

prescriptions.

87

patients, 17% of all patients

7 10
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

351

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

328

prescriptions.

71

patients, 14% of all patients

8 23
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

344

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

66

patients, 13% of all patients

9 2
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

289

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

10 14
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

11 25
METFORMIN HCL ER

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

52

patients, 10% of all patients

12 38
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

13 26
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

14 22
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

15 35
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

16 20
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

17 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

18 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

19 56
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

20 11
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

21 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

22 15
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

23 74
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

24 19
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

25 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

26 16
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

27 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

28 7
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

29 33
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

30 58
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

31 32
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

32 91
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

33 12
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

34 47
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

35 84
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

35 29
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

37 44
JANUMET XR

This combination is used to... +

This combination is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

38 230
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

38 43
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

38 78
BENICAR HCT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

<11 41 166
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

42 21
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 43 48
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

43 34
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 45 50
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

46 46
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

47 93
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

48 100
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

48 65
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

50 72
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 51 57
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

52 66
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

A 53 95
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

54 60
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

Treating infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

A 55 106
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 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 April 7, 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.