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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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14,034Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 170 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$903K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 149 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

550 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90% Patients 65 Years and Older

32% 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

2% of this provider’s 495 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

23% of this provider’s 550 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

20% of this provider’s 550 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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

$874K

2014

$939K

2015

$903K

2016

Number of Claims

13,752

2014

14,558

2015

14,034

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 555

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

485

prescriptions.

95

patients, 17% of all patients

1 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 426

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

367

prescriptions.

100

patients, 18% of all patients

2 2
METFORMIN HCL ER 379

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

358

prescriptions.

81

patients, 15% of all patients

3 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 346

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

76

patients, 14% of all patients

4 8
OMEPRAZOLE 342

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

310

prescriptions.

83

patients, 15% of all patients

5 5
RANITIDINE HCL 339

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

308

prescriptions.

71

patients, 13% of all patients

6 22
SIMVASTATIN 328

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

311

prescriptions.

71

patients, 13% of all patients

7 9
LISINOPRIL 316

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

69

patients, 13% of all patients

8 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 281

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

53

patients, 10% of all patients

9 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 274

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

66

patients, 12% of all patients

10 1
GABAPENTIN 252

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

11 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 248

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

O 12 6
FUROSEMIDE 243

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

13 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 234

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

14 12
SYNTHROID 220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

15 72
ALPRAZOLAM 203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

16 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

17 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

18 14
CLONAZEPAM 188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

18 36
CARVEDILOL 182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

20 20
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

21 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

72

patients, 13% of all patients

22 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

23 59
TAMSULOSIN HCL 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

24 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

25 23
METFORMIN HCL 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

46

patients, 8% of all patients

26 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

27 42
TRAMADOL HCL 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

49

patients, 9% of all patients

O 27 17
RALOXIFENE HCL 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

29 156
BENAZEPRIL HCL 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

30 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

31 18
GLIPIZIDE ER 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

32 68
CITALOPRAM HBR 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

33 30
CLOPIDOGREL 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

34 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

35 32
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

36 61
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

37 33
CRESTOR 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

38 44
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

39 19
BUSPIRONE HCL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

40 121
MELOXICAM 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

41 26
LORAZEPAM 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

42 25
GLIPIZIDE 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

43 53
CARTIA XT 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

44 210
BUPROPION HCL SR 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

45 139
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

<11 46 125
DIAZEPAM 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

47 54
FINASTERIDE 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

48 92
ALLOPURINOL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

49 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

50 40
IRBESARTAN 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

51 124
NIFEDIPINE ER 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

52 109
ROPINIROLE HCL 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 53 96
NAMENDA XR 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

54 81
FLUOXETINE HCL 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

55 46
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

56 89
SERTRALINE HCL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

57 28
CLONIDINE HCL 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 58 62
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 59 76
OXYCODONE HCL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

O 60 51
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

61 119
TRAZODONE HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

61 29
SPIRIVA 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 63 113
WARFARIN SODIUM 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 63 43
TERAZOSIN HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

65 155
FENOFIBRATE* 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

66 86
CELECOXIB 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

67 87
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 March 25, 2016.
  • 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.