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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,583Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 260 out of 1276

$1.29M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 55 out of 1276

162 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
22% Patients 65 Years and Older

100% * Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

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

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

14 of this provider’s 36 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

44% of this provider’s 162 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 31%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$111 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

72 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

$1.02M

2012

$891K

2013

$1.12M

2014

$1.29M

2015

Number of Claims

11,205

2012

10,822

2013

11,830

2014

11,583

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
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

561

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

48

patients, 30% of all patients

1 2
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

499

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

31

patients, 19% of all patients

2 178
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

421

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

25

patients, 15% of all patients

P 3 103
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

395

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

33

patients, 20% of all patients

4 3
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

394

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

37

patients, 23% of all patients

5 5
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

374

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

18

patients, 11% of all patients

P 6 73
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

365

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

31

patients, 19% of all patients

7 52
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

333

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

18

patients, 11% of all patients

8 217
PHENOBARBITAL

Used to control seizures. P... +

Used to control seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

303

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 R 10 9 236
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

296

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

24

patients, 15% of all patients

10 24
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

281

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 9% of all patients

11 35
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

Treats psychotic mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

280

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

15

patients, 9% of all patients

P 12 147
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

16

patients, 10% of all patients

13 109
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

Treats symptoms of Parkinson's disease or side effects of other drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

19

patients, 12% of all patients

R 14 186
LITHIUM CARBONATE

Lithium is used to treat an... +

Lithium is used to treat and prevent episodes of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder; a disease that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods). Source: National Library of Medicine

168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 15 304
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

11

patients, 7% of all patients

16 195
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

12

patients, 7% of all patients

P 17 213
AMITIZA

Treats certain types of lon... +

Treats certain types of long-term constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 9% of all patients

18 165
VIMPAT

Used to control partial sei... +

Used to control partial seizures (convulsions) in the treatment of epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 19 308
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 20 59
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

14

patients, 9% of all patients

21 4
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 22 144
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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 8% of all patients

23 1
CARBAMAZEPINE ER

Treats certain types of se... +

Treats certain types of seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 24 297
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

12

patients, 7% of all patients

25 96
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

12

patients, 7% of all patients

26 9
VALPROIC ACID*

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

11

patients, 7% of all patients

26 292
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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

11

patients, 7% of all patients

28 8
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 29 102
FANAPT 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 P 30 366
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 31 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 32 19
ZIPRASIDONE HCL

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 P 33 264
OXCARBAZEPINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 34 258
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

32

patients, 20% of all patients

A 35 374
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 36 10
PROPRANOLOL HCL ER

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), certain types of tremor, and hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (a heart muscle disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 37 275
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 37 13
LATUDA

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 39 460
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 39 72
ALBUTEROL SULFATE

Albuterol is used to preven... +

Albuterol is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness caused by lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

28

patients, 17% of all patients

41 226
FLUPHENAZINE HCL

Fluphenazine is an antipsyc... +

Fluphenazine is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and hostility. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 P 41 463
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 43 27
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 44 42
CLOMIPRAMINE HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 R 45 475
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE

Medroxyprogesterone is used... +

Medroxyprogesterone is used to treat abnormal menstruation (periods) or irregular vaginal bleeding. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 46 484
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 47 353
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 48 81
PROPRANOLOL HCL

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), and certain types of tremor. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 48 197
ONFI 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 48 489
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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 51 12
TEGRETOL XR 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 52 503
NIACIN ER

Lowers cholesterol and trig... +

Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood and treats niacin deficiency (pellagra). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 52 188
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

23

patients, 14% of all patients

54 21
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 54 333
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

23

patients, 14% of all patients

A 54 106
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 July 9, 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.