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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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12,713Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 531 providers in this state and specialty

$846K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 531 providers in this state and specialty

396 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76% Patients 65 Years and Older

80% 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

27% of this provider’s 396 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 29%.

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Opioids

15% of this provider’s 396 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 8%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $97 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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

$737K

2014

$794K

2015

$846K

2016

Number of Claims

13,142

2014

13,066

2015

12,713

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 692

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

548

prescriptions.

111

patients, 28% of all patients

1 1
METFORMIN HCL 632

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

495

prescriptions.

99

patients, 25% of all patients

2 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 532

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

465

prescriptions.

76

patients, 19% of all patients

3 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 351

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

53

patients, 13% of all patients

4 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 348

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

56

patients, 14% of all patients

5 2
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 341

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

51

patients, 13% of all patients

6 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 283

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

41

patients, 10% of all patients

7 12
OMEPRAZOLE 276

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

51

patients, 13% of all patients

8 5
LOVASTATIN 257

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

47

patients, 12% of all patients

9 50
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 253

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

42

patients, 11% of all patients

10 17
LISINOPRIL 249

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

43

patients, 11% of all patients

11 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 238

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

12 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 216

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

13 3
CRESTOR 215

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

14 39
SIMVASTATIN 211

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

15 10
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

16 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

16 15
FUROSEMIDE 205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

50

patients, 13% of all patients

18 9
RANITIDINE HCL 205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

18 16
GLIPIZIDE 199

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

20 52
GABAPENTIN 187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

37

patients, 9% of all patients

21 7
ALLOPURINOL 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

22 35
CLOPIDOGREL 146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

23 24
BENAZEPRIL HCL 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

24 55
GLIMEPIRIDE 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

24 45
VALSARTAN 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

26 49
JANUVIA 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

27 48
CLONIDINE HCL 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

28 61
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

29 59
TRAMADOL HCL 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

45

patients, 11% of all patients

O 30 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

31 21
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

32 56
NIFEDIPINE ER 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

33 146
CARVEDILOL 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

34 20
ZETIA 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

35 120
PROAIR HFA 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

36 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

37

patients, 9% of all patients

37 18
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

38 201
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

39 95
BUSPIRONE HCL 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

40 98
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

41 69
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

41 82
MELOXICAM 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

43 23
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

44 76
MECLIZINE HCL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

44 128
ATENOLOL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 46 44
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

46 64
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 48 114
NEXIUM 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 49 88
LANTUS 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 49 135
SPIRONOLACTONE 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

51 78
LEVEMIR 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 52 181
CHLORTHALIDONE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 53 108
METHIMAZOLE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 54 293
SYMBICORT 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

54 57
PAROXETINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 56 85
COLCRYS 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 56 313
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 Feb. 16, 2018.
  • 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.