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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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10,916Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 298 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$688K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 303 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

449 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74% 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

47% of this provider’s 449 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

43% of this provider’s 449 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

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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

$672K

2014

$690K

2015

$688K

2016

Number of Claims

11,062

2014

10,689

2015

10,916

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 615

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

497

prescriptions.

111

patients, 25% of all patients

O 1 6
GABAPENTIN 390

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

102

patients, 23% of all patients

2 11
ALPRAZOLAM 335

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

3 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 306

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

80

patients, 18% of all patients

4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 299

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

84

patients, 19% of all patients

5 5
SIMVASTATIN 274

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

82

patients, 18% of all patients

6 9
TRAMADOL HCL 252

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

72

patients, 16% of all patients

O 7 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

63

patients, 14% of all patients

8 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

72

patients, 16% of all patients

8 1
FUROSEMIDE 201

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

78

patients, 17% of all patients

10 10
LISINOPRIL 193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

62

patients, 14% of all patients

11 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

53

patients, 12% of all patients

12 2
LORAZEPAM 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

13 25
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

O 14 37
JANUVIA 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

15 57
METFORMIN HCL 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

53

patients, 12% of all patients

16 7
SERTRALINE HCL 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

17 28
DIAZEPAM 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

18 54
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

19 8
CLONAZEPAM 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

20 36
FENOFIBRATE* 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

20 86
CITALOPRAM HBR 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

20 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

23 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

24 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

25 43
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

49

patients, 11% of all patients

26 18
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

27 48
DULOXETINE HCL 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

28 39
TIZANIDINE HCL 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

29 64
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

43

patients, 10% of all patients

30 21
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

31 32
VALSARTAN 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

32 50
CARVEDILOL 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

33 20
CLOPIDOGREL 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

34 24
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

35 93
AMOXICILLIN 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

71

patients, 16% of all patients

A 36 105
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

37 73
DONEPEZIL HCL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

38 42
CEPHALEXIN 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

56

patients, 12% of all patients

A 39 111
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

39 59
AZITHROMYCIN 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

A 41 47
RANITIDINE HCL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

41 22
OXYCODONE HCL 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

O 43 51
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

43 56
CEFDINIR 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

52

patients, 12% of all patients

A 45 164
FLUCONAZOLE 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

46 126
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

46 19
JANUMET 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 48 174
ALLOPURINOL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

49 31
PREDNISONE 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

49 38
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

49 35
ATENOLOL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

52 41
HYDRALAZINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

52 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

54 27
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

55 61
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

56 33
NAMENDA XR 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 56 81
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

A 58 84
SYNTHROID 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

58 72
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 April 17, 2017.
  • 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.