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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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8,446Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 439 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$710K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 280 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

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

49% 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

29% of this provider’s 380 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

28% of this provider’s 380 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

$84 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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

$636K

2014

$636K

2015

$710K

2016

Number of Claims

7,799

2014

7,703

2015

8,446

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 512

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

67

patients, 18% of all patients

O 1 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 399

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

321

prescriptions.

114

patients, 30% of all patients

2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 257

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

57

patients, 15% of all patients

3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 246

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

74

patients, 19% of all patients

4 5
LISINOPRIL 231

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

59

patients, 16% of all patients

5 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 230

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

63

patients, 17% of all patients

6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

60

patients, 16% of all patients

7 1
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

75

patients, 20% of all patients

8 21
CHLORTHALIDONE 173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

53

patients, 14% of all patients

9 100
LORAZEPAM 166

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

10 25
METFORMIN HCL 157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

46

patients, 12% of all patients

11 7
ALPRAZOLAM 144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

12 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

13 23
GABAPENTIN 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

14 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

15 14
CLONAZEPAM 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

16 36
DULOXETINE HCL 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

17 39
FUROSEMIDE 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

18 10
SIMVASTATIN 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

19 9
TRAMADOL HCL 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

30

patients, 8% of all patients

O 20 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

21 12
LYRICA 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

22 58
PREDNISONE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

71

patients, 19% of all patients

23 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

24 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

25 19
CRESTOR 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

26 44
CLOPIDOGREL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

27 24
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

28 35
TEMAZEPAM 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

28 78
CARVEDILOL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

30 20
OXYCODONE HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 O 31 51
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 O 32 37
NAPROXEN 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

33 102
CITALOPRAM HBR 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

34 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

35 16
RANITIDINE HCL 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

36 22
MELOXICAM 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

36 26
AZITHROMYCIN 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

45

patients, 12% of all patients

A 38 47
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

39 32
VENTOLIN HFA 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

40 74
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

40 40
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 40 65
DIAZEPAM 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 43 54
FLUOXETINE HCL 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

43 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

43 33
ATENOLOL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

46 41
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 Sept. 29, 2014.
  • 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.