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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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12,282Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 236 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$874K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 162 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

452 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80% Patients 65 Years and Older

42% 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

31% of this provider’s 452 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

28% of this provider’s 452 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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

$773K

2014

$818K

2015

$874K

2016

Number of Claims

10,894

2014

11,681

2015

12,282

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 465

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

66

patients, 15% of all patients

O 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 449

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

385

prescriptions.

72

patients, 16% of all patients

2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 400

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

339

prescriptions.

69

patients, 15% of all patients

3 3
METFORMIN HCL 339

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

63

patients, 14% of all patients

4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 296

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

59

patients, 13% of all patients

5 5
SIMVASTATIN 284

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

6 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 270

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

52

patients, 12% of all patients

7 8
ALPRAZOLAM 246

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

8 15
LISINOPRIL 241

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

47

patients, 10% of all patients

9 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

10 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 212

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

11 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 191

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

12 14
GABAPENTIN 185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

49

patients, 11% of all patients

13 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 183

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

14 16
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

O 15 37
FAMOTIDINE* 174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

16 63
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

17 19
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

18 48
CLOPIDOGREL 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

19 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

20 33
GLIMEPIRIDE 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

21 45
FUROSEMIDE 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

22 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

23 23
CARVEDILOL 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

24 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

25 30
CLONIDINE HCL 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

26 62
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

27 13
CLONAZEPAM 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

28 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

29 21
CRESTOR 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

30 44
TRAMADOL HCL 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

O 31 17
VALSARTAN 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

32 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

33 27
AZITHROMYCIN 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

62

patients, 14% of all patients

A 34 47
OXYCODONE HCL 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 O 35 51
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

35 35
SERTRALINE HCL 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

37 28
TIZANIDINE HCL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

38 64
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

39 18
ZETIA 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 40 82
FLUOXETINE HCL 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

41 46
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

<11 41 69
BENICAR HCT 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 41 214
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

44 89
ATENOLOL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 44 41
PAROXETINE HCL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 46 80
RANITIDINE HCL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

47 22
PROAIR HFA 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

47 55
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

49 60
VENTOLIN HFA 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

50 74
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

50 56
TRAZODONE HCL 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 52 29
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

53 40
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

53 32
COLCHICINE 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

55 136
METFORMIN HCL ER 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

56 34
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 57 135
LORAZEPAM 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

57 25
ALLOPURINOL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 57 31
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

57 65
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 61 61
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 62 75
WARFARIN SODIUM 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 63 43
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 Feb. 10, 2012.
  • 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.