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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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12,614Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 222 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$648K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 338 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

495 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75% Patients 65 Years and Older

45% 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

3% of this provider’s 372 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Antibiotics

50% of this provider’s 495 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

24% of this provider’s 495 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

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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

$872K

2014

$574K

2015

$648K

2016

Number of Claims

16,636

2014

11,467

2015

12,614

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 524

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

442

prescriptions.

101

patients, 20% of all patients

1 3
LISINOPRIL 369

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

77

patients, 16% of all patients

2 4
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 325

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

119

patients, 24% of all patients

3 21
GABAPENTIN 325

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

76

patients, 15% of all patients

3 11
OMEPRAZOLE 317

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

74

patients, 15% of all patients

5 5
SIMVASTATIN 313

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

75

patients, 15% of all patients

6 9
CLONAZEPAM 309

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

53

patients, 11% of all patients

7 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 279

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

64

patients, 13% of all patients

8 1
FUROSEMIDE 278

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

61

patients, 12% of all patients

9 10
METFORMIN HCL 273

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

10 7
LORAZEPAM 265

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

11 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 261

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

55

patients, 11% of all patients

12 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 250

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

71

patients, 14% of all patients

O 13 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 196

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

14 8
DIAZEPAM 178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

15 54
RANITIDINE HCL 175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

16 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

17 14
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

17 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

19 12
SERTRALINE HCL 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

20 28
AZITHROMYCIN 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

122

patients, 25% of all patients

A 21 47
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

112

patients, 23% of all patients

22 127
VENTOLIN HFA 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

78

patients, 16% of all patients

23 74
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

24 33
TRAMADOL HCL 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

O 25 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

25 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

27 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

27 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

29 40
LEVOFLOXACIN 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

87

patients, 18% of all patients

A 30 91
PROAIR HFA 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

30 55
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

32 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

32 18
CARVEDILOL 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

34 20
FLUOXETINE HCL 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

35 46
TEMAZEPAM 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

36 78
ALPRAZOLAM 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

37 15
NYSTATIN 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

37 165
MELOXICAM 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

37 26
TRAZODONE HCL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

40 29
DULOXETINE HCL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

41 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

42 23
METFORMIN HCL ER 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

42 34
PROMETHAZINE HCL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

44 114
CLOPIDOGREL 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

45 24
GLIPIZIDE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

45 53
FLUCONAZOLE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

45 126
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

48 16
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

49 71
ALLOPURINOL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

50 31
ROPINIROLE HCL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

51 96
PREDNISONE 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

51 38
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

53 56
DICYCLOMINE HCL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

54 169
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

P 54 66
TIZANIDINE HCL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

56 64
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

A 57 108
LYRICA 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 16

patients, 3% of all patients

58 58
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

58 65
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

60 119
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 61 48
CLONIDINE HCL 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

62 62
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. 13, 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.