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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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11,690Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 257 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$706K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 286 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

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

47% 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 594 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

21% of this provider’s 594 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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

$855K

2014

$790K

2015

$706K

2016

Number of Claims

14,425

2014

12,892

2015

11,690

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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 399

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

103

patients, 17% of all patients

1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 329

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

83

patients, 14% of all patients

2 3
FUROSEMIDE 315

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

89

patients, 15% of all patients

3 10
ALPRAZOLAM 303

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

60

patients, 10% of all patients

4 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 298

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

74

patients, 12% of all patients

5 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 273

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

262

prescriptions.

82

patients, 14% of all patients

6 12
PREDNISONE 260

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

119

patients, 20% of all patients

7 38
GABAPENTIN 256

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

70

patients, 12% of all patients

8 11
SIMVASTATIN 237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

75

patients, 13% of all patients

9 9
OMEPRAZOLE 232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

69

patients, 12% of all patients

10 5
LISINOPRIL 228

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

72

patients, 12% of all patients

11 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 216

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

67

patients, 11% of all patients

12 2
METFORMIN HCL 211

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

61

patients, 10% of all patients

13 7
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

14 32
AZITHROMYCIN 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

97

patients, 16% of all patients

A 15 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

46

patients, 8% of all patients

16 18
MELOXICAM 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

17 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

18 23
CARVEDILOL 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

19 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

70

patients, 12% of all patients

O 20 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

21 14
CLOPIDOGREL 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

22 24
CEPHALEXIN 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

98

patients, 16% of all patients

A 23 111
DONEPEZIL HCL 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

24 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

25 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

26 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

27 19
LORAZEPAM 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

28 25
CLONAZEPAM 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

29 36
METFORMIN HCL ER 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

30 34
SERTRALINE HCL 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

31 28
NAPROXEN 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

32 102
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

33 8
ALLOPURINOL 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

34 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

35 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

36 43
FLUCONAZOLE 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

37 126
ATENOLOL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

38 41
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

39 77
CITALOPRAM HBR 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

40 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

40 21
MECLIZINE HCL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

42 112
IBUPROFEN 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

43 101
KLOR-CON M20 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

44 103
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

44 73
VALSARTAN 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

44 50
DULOXETINE HCL 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

47 39
RANITIDINE HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

48 22
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

48 65
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

A 50 108
TRAMADOL HCL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

O 51 17
PROAIR HFA 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

52 55
NIFEDIPINE ER 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

53 109
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

53 69
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

A 55 84
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

56 52
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

O 56 37
DIAZEPAM 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

58 54
NEXIUM 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

59 90
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

59 56
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 Jan. 16, 2008.
  • 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.