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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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11,408Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 271 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$797K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 214 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

502 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older

22% 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

40% of this provider’s 502 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

26% of this provider’s 502 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

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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

$665K

2014

$689K

2015

$797K

2016

Number of Claims

10,520

2014

10,718

2015

11,408

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
METFORMIN HCL ER 468

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

411

prescriptions.

87

patients, 17% of all patients

1 34
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 439

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

377

prescriptions.

86

patients, 17% of all patients

2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 420

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

401

prescriptions.

88

patients, 18% of all patients

3 1
SIMVASTATIN 376

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

352

prescriptions.

66

patients, 13% of all patients

4 9
OMEPRAZOLE 363

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

321

prescriptions.

75

patients, 15% of all patients

5 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 303

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

54

patients, 11% of all patients

6 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 300

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

66

patients, 13% of all patients

7 13
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 258

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

8 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

9 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

10 27
FUROSEMIDE 187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

11 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

57

patients, 11% of all patients

O 12 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

54

patients, 11% of all patients

13 8
TRAMADOL HCL 177

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

55

patients, 11% of all patients

O 14 17
SERTRALINE HCL 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

15 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

16 16
ALPRAZOLAM 155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

17 15
FINASTERIDE 145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

18 92
GABAPENTIN 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

19 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

20 14
LISINOPRIL 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

21 4
ALLOPURINOL 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

22 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

23 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

24 45
TRAZODONE HCL 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

25 29
CRESTOR 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

26 44
CITALOPRAM HBR 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

27 30
CARVEDILOL 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

28 20
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

29 89
SYNTHROID 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

30 72
ZETIA 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

31 82
RANITIDINE HCL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

32 22
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

32 65
FAMOTIDINE* 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

34 63
LOVASTATIN 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

35 83
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

36 56
CLOPIDOGREL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

36 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

38 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

38 59
DONEPEZIL HCL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

40 42
MEMANTINE HCL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

41 85
METFORMIN HCL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

42 7
AMOXICILLIN 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

61

patients, 12% of all patients

A 42 105
CEFUROXIME 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

52

patients, 10% of all patients

A 44 144
MELOXICAM 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

45 26
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 46 71
BENAZEPRIL HCL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

47 52
MIRTAZAPINE 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

47 49
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

O 49 37
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 KWIKPEN 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

49 217
JANUVIA 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

51 57
ATENOLOL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

51 41
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

53 119
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

54 76
ELIQUIS 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 55 97
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

56 19
PREDNISONE 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

57 38
FENOFIBRATE* 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 58 157
DULOXETINE HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

58 39
VALSARTAN 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

60 50
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

61 77
TRADJENTA 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 62 140
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 July 12, 2010.
  • 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.