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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Infectious Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,259Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 50

$4.48M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 50

246 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
34% Patients 65 Years and Older

89% 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

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

0 of this provider’s 83 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

20% of this provider’s 246 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 44%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

15 of this provider’s 246 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid

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Brand Name Drugs

66% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 52%.

Prescription Price

$715 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $1009 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$3.4M

2012

$4.04M

2013

$4.01M

2014

$4.48M

2015

Number of Claims

7,048

2012

6,968

2013

6,444

2014

6,259

2015

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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O

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.

R

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

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
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

983

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

97

patients, 39% of all patients

10 1 2
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

682

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

75

patients, 30% of all patients

10 2 4
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

564

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

60

patients, 24% of all patients

3 1
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

358

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

39

patients, 16% of all patients

4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

215

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

34

patients, 14% of all patients

5 8
REYATAZ 170

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

6 6
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

7 5
TIVICAY 147

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

20

patients, 8% of all patients

8 19
LAMIVUDINE-ZIDOVUDINE 137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

10 9 36
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

Treating infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

22

patients, 9% of all patients

A 10 10
ABACAVIR 107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

11 61
KALETRA 101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

12 38
ZIDOVUDINE 96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 10 13 87
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 14 16
VIREAD 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 15 21
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

15 25
INTELENCE 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 17 70
SUSTIVA 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 18 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 19 69
LAMIVUDINE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 19 31
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

21 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 22 18
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 23 33
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 23 46
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 25 26
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 26 63
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 27 20
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 28 11
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 29 77
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 29 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 29 43
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 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 June 22, 2012.
  • 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.