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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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14,609Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 160 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$605K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 376 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

413 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82% Patients 65 Years and Older

35% 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

41% of this provider’s 413 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

33% of this provider’s 413 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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

$628K

2014

$626K

2015

$605K

2016

Number of Claims

14,578

2014

14,861

2015

14,609

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
SIMVASTATIN 675

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

530

prescriptions.

107

patients, 26% of all patients

1 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 622

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

531

prescriptions.

87

patients, 21% of all patients

2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 606

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

412

prescriptions.

106

patients, 26% of all patients

O 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 551

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

435

prescriptions.

94

patients, 23% of all patients

4 5
ALPRAZOLAM 469

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

292

prescriptions.

58

patients, 14% of all patients

5 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 403

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

327

prescriptions.

70

patients, 17% of all patients

6 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 352

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

308

prescriptions.

56

patients, 14% of all patients

7 1
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 337

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

55

patients, 13% of all patients

8 32
METFORMIN HCL 297

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

56

patients, 14% of all patients

9 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 290

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

244

prescriptions.

48

patients, 12% of all patients

10 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 266

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

41

patients, 10% of all patients

11 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 228

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

41

patients, 10% of all patients

12 45
FUROSEMIDE 228

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

61

patients, 15% of all patients

12 10
GABAPENTIN 220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

41

patients, 10% of all patients

14 11
MELOXICAM 216

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

61

patients, 15% of all patients

15 26
LISINOPRIL 196

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

16 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

17 33
NAPROXEN 191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

57

patients, 14% of all patients

18 102
LORAZEPAM 185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

19 25
TEMAZEPAM 180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

20 78
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

21 61
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

22 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

23 60
LEVOFLOXACIN 157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

87

patients, 21% of all patients

A 24 91
CLOPIDOGREL 155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

25 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

26 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

26 43
DIAZEPAM 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

28 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

29 27
ATENOLOL 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

30 41
CRESTOR 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

31 44
CEFUROXIME 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

72

patients, 17% of all patients

A 32 144
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

33 56
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

34 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

35 8
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

36 89
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

37 135
CITALOPRAM HBR 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

38 30
FENOFIBRATE* 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

39 86
CLONIDINE HCL 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

39 62
VERAPAMIL ER 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

41 133
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

42 13
ALLOPURINOL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

43 31
SERTRALINE HCL 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

44 28
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

45 125
TRAMADOL HCL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

O 46 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

47 59
PREDNISONE 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

48 38
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

49 48
BENICAR HCT 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

49 214
FLUOXETINE HCL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

49 46
DULOXETINE HCL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 52 39
TRAZODONE HCL 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

53 29
GEMFIBROZIL 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

53 152
CARVEDILOL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

55 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

56 23
TIZANIDINE HCL 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

47

patients, 11% of all patients

57 64
NEXIUM 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

57 90
MECLIZINE HCL 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

59 112
CLONAZEPAM 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 60 36
BYSTOLIC 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

61 120
ESTRADIOL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

62 130
GLIPIZIDE ER 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

63 68
ZETIA 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

63 82
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

65 79
SYNTHROID 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 65 72
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

67 160
PAROXETINE HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 68 80
VERAPAMIL ER PM 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 10 69 476
VALSARTAN 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 70 50
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 8, 2007.
  • 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.