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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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10,994Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 292 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$503K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 478 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

645 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

12% 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

41% of this provider’s 645 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

14% of this provider’s 645 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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

$486K

2014

$537K

2015

$503K

2016

Number of Claims

8,942

2014

10,101

2015

10,994

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 454

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

399

prescriptions.

86

patients, 13% of all patients

1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 418

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

379

prescriptions.

79

patients, 12% of all patients

2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 413

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

372

prescriptions.

86

patients, 13% of all patients

3 5
METFORMIN HCL 324

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

279

prescriptions.

71

patients, 11% of all patients

4 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 261

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

49

patients, 8% of all patients

5 13
TRAMADOL HCL 256

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

52

patients, 8% of all patients

O 6 17
TRAZODONE HCL 239

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

7 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 226

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

99

patients, 15% of all patients

8 21
SIMVASTATIN 219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

9 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

10 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

11 2
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

12 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

13 23
SERTRALINE HCL 161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

14 28
PREDNISONE 159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

90

patients, 14% of all patients

15 38
GABAPENTIN 156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

16 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

17 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

18 18
MELOXICAM 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

19 26
LISINOPRIL 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

20 4
ALLOPURINOL 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

21 31
SYNTHROID 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

22 72
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

23 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

24 33
BUPROPION HCL SR 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

24 139
AZITHROMYCIN 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

87

patients, 13% of all patients

A 24 47
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

27 40
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

28 19
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

28 67
BENAZEPRIL HCL 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

30 52
DULOXETINE HCL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

31 39
FUROSEMIDE 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

32 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

33 42
LORAZEPAM 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

34 25
FAMOTIDINE* 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

35 63
CLONAZEPAM 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

35 36
ALPRAZOLAM 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

37 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

38 12
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

39 127
IBUPROFEN 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

40 101
BYSTOLIC 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

41 120
METFORMIN HCL ER 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

41 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

43 16
ATENOLOL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

43 41
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

45 73
VERAPAMIL ER 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

46 133
JANUVIA 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 47 57
CLOPIDOGREL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

47 24
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

O 49 224
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

50 27
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 51 65
LANTUS 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 51 131
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

A 53 84
IRBESARTAN 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

54 124
CELECOXIB 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

55 87
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

O 56 6
DIAZEPAM 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 56 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

A 58 91
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

58 79
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 58 125
BUSPIRONE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 61 121
CEFDINIR 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

A 61 164
ESTRADIOL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

61 130
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 March 11, 2015.
  • 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.