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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,332Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 531 providers in this state and specialty

$734K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 531 providers in this state and specialty

579 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81% Patients 65 Years and Older

51% 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

3% of this provider’s 471 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

17% of this provider’s 579 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 29%.

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Opioids

10% of this provider’s 579 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 8%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $97 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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

$544K

2014

$592K

2015

$734K

2016

Number of Claims

8,429

2014

9,417

2015

12,332

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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 625

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

528

prescriptions.

111

patients, 19% of all patients

1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 492

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

445

prescriptions.

93

patients, 16% of all patients

2 2
SIMVASTATIN 426

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

358

prescriptions.

75

patients, 13% of all patients

3 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 382

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

328

prescriptions.

64

patients, 11% of all patients

4 3
METFORMIN HCL ER 348

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

281

prescriptions.

56

patients, 10% of all patients

5 33
OMEPRAZOLE 307

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

60

patients, 10% of all patients

6 5
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 303

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

7 34
LISINOPRIL 286

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

8 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 271

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

53

patients, 9% of all patients

9 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

48

patients, 8% of all patients

10 15
TRAZODONE HCL 250

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

61

patients, 11% of all patients

11 26
FUROSEMIDE 239

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

12 9
ALPRAZOLAM 238

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

13 19
GABAPENTIN 234

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

14 7
CARVEDILOL 220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

15 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

70

patients, 12% of all patients

16 18
TRAMADOL HCL 184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

52

patients, 9% of all patients

O 17 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 183

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

18 14
SERTRALINE HCL 167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

19 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

20 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

21 31
METFORMIN HCL 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

21 6
ALLOPURINOL 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

23 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

24 29
CLOPIDOGREL 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

25 24
PAROXETINE HCL 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

26 85
DULOXETINE HCL 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

27 40
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

28 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

28 11
FLUOXETINE HCL 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

30 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

31 21
JANUVIA 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

32 48
CLONIDINE HCL 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

33 61
ATENOLOL 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

34 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

35 45
RANITIDINE HCL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

36 16
CLONAZEPAM 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

37 32
MELOXICAM 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

38 23
PROAIR HFA 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

39 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

40 17
CRESTOR 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

40 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

42 30
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

43 56
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 44 66
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

45 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

46 89
SPIRONOLACTONE 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

47 78
LORAZEPAM 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

48 28
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 49 55
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 49 47
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

51 64
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

51 38
CHLORTHALIDONE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 51 108
VESICARE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 54 140
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 Dec. 18, 2009.
  • 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.