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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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11,340Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 273 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$739K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 258 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

593 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% Patients 65 Years and Older

36% 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

17% of this provider’s 593 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

19% of this provider’s 593 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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

$522K

2014

$562K

2015

$739K

2016

Number of Claims

8,374

2014

8,668

2015

11,340

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 466

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

420

prescriptions.

95

patients, 16% of all patients

1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 381

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

321

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

2 43
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 352

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

81

patients, 14% of all patients

3 3
LISINOPRIL 285

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

74

patients, 12% of all patients

4 4
FUROSEMIDE 280

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

67

patients, 11% of all patients

5 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 269

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

79

patients, 13% of all patients

6 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 265

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

52

patients, 9% of all patients

O 7 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

8 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

54

patients, 9% of all patients

9 14
GABAPENTIN 227

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

10 11
ALPRAZOLAM 213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

11 15
METFORMIN HCL 205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

12 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 199

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

55

patients, 9% of all patients

13 8
OMEPRAZOLE 195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

14 5
TRAMADOL HCL 175

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

48

patients, 8% of all patients

O 15 17
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

16 35
SIMVASTATIN 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

17 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

18 18
METFORMIN HCL ER 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

18 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

18 12
TRAZODONE HCL 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

21 29
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

22 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

23 19
CARVEDILOL 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

24 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

25 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

26 21
MELOXICAM 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

26 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

28 30
CHLORTHALIDONE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

29 100
CLOPIDOGREL 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

30 24
VALSARTAN 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

30 50
DULOXETINE HCL 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

32 39
ROPINIROLE HCL 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

33 96
ALLOPURINOL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

34 31
OXYCODONE HCL 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

O 35 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

36 33
ATENOLOL 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

37 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

38 23
SERTRALINE HCL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

39 28
PREDNISONE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

39 38
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

41 56
KLOR-CON M20 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

42 103
RANITIDINE HCL 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

43 22
DIAZEPAM 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 43 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

43 27
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

46 65
BYSTOLIC 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

47 120
AMOXICILLIN 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

A 48 105
LOVASTATIN 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 48 83
LYRICA 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

50 58
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 51 76
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

52 48
SPIRIVA 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

53 113
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 54 166
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 9, 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.