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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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11,327Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 274 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$552K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 428 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

404 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77% Patients 65 Years and Older

50% 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

44% of this provider’s 404 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

18% of this provider’s 404 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

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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

$557K

2014

$564K

2015

$552K

2016

Number of Claims

12,050

2014

12,004

2015

11,327

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
LISINOPRIL 348

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

258

prescriptions.

73

patients, 18% of all patients

1 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 345

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

299

prescriptions.

75

patients, 19% of all patients

2 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 288

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

60

patients, 15% of all patients

3 1
GABAPENTIN 285

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

63

patients, 16% of all patients

4 11
ALPRAZOLAM 249

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

5 15
FAMOTIDINE* 232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

65

patients, 16% of all patients

6 63
DIAZEPAM 226

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

7 54
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

50

patients, 12% of all patients

8 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

46

patients, 11% of all patients

9 2
METFORMIN HCL 209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

43

patients, 11% of all patients

10 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

39

patients, 10% of all patients

O 11 6
TRAMADOL HCL 197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

O 12 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 196

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

45

patients, 11% of all patients

13 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

41

patients, 10% of all patients

14 19
OMEPRAZOLE 178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

14 5
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

55

patients, 14% of all patients

16 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

17 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

18 16
RANITIDINE HCL 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

19 22
SIMVASTATIN 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

20 9
VENTOLIN HFA 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

50

patients, 12% of all patients

20 74
FUROSEMIDE 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

47

patients, 12% of all patients

22 10
PREDNISONE 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

87

patients, 22% of all patients

23 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

24 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

25 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

26 18
METFORMIN HCL ER 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

27 34
PROAIR HFA 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

41

patients, 10% of all patients

28 55
HYDRALAZINE HCL 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

28 75
TRAZODONE HCL 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

30 29
ALLOPURINOL 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

31 31
CARVEDILOL 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

31 20
LORAZEPAM 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

33 25
SERTRALINE HCL 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

34 28
DULOXETINE HCL 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

35 39
CEPHALEXIN 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

55

patients, 14% of all patients

A 36 111
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

37 13
CLOPIDOGREL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

38 24
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

39 71
MIRTAZAPINE 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

40 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

41 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

42 27
VERAPAMIL ER 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

43 133
CITALOPRAM HBR 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

44 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

45 33
TIZANIDINE HCL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

46 64
LYRICA 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 47 58
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 48 148
LOVASTATIN 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

49 83
WARFARIN SODIUM 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

50 43
RALOXIFENE HCL 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 51 156
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 51 277
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

53 76
ADVAIR DISKUS 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 53 95
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

A 53 84
ATENOLOL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

56 41
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

56 35
ESTRADIOL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

58 130
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

A 58 117
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

58 23
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

61 315
CLONAZEPAM 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 61 36
FLUOXETINE HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

63 46
TEMAZEPAM 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 64 78
SYMBICORT 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

65 94
BUSPIRONE HCL 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

65 121
BYSTOLIC 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 67 120
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 31, 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.