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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Physical Medicine Rehabilitation

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,571Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 34

$721K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 34

793 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
29% Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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 avg 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in South Carolina
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

60% of this provider’s 793 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 33%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

51% of this provider’s 793 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 32%.

Brand Name Drugs

12% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $73 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.

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.

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A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.


A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.


A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.


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 Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in South Carolina
OXYCODONE HCL 1,227 272 188 S2 2 4
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 699 118 106 S2 4 5
TIZANIDINE HCL 446 124 121 5 7
FENTANYL 415 106 68 S2 6 6
GABAPENTIN 396 101 114 7 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 256 44 49 9 20
OXYCONTIN 198 40 31 S2 11 10
LYRICA 160 36 34 12 14
METHADONE HCL 139 15 18 S2 13 12
TRAMADOL HCL 129 56 34 14 8
ALPRAZOLAM 107 16 27 B 15 19
EXALGO 83 13 16 S2 16 31
OPANA ER 80 <11 15 S2 17 22
MORPHINE SULFATE 79 18 23 S2 18 16
BACLOFEN 79 <11 17 18 11
DIAZEPAM 77 <11 20 B 20 17
CYMBALTA 66 <11 16 21 25
METHOCARBAMOL 59 12 13 R 22 24
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 <11 22 R 23 37
MELOXICAM 52 13 21 24 18
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. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients Methodology »

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  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • 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 Aug. 21, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.