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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,650Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 35 providers in this state and specialty

$787K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 35 providers in this state and specialty

311 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63% Patients 65 Years and Older

84% 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

28% of this provider’s 311 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 35%.

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Opioids

33% of this provider’s 311 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 24%.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$82 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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

$405K

2014

$714K

2015

$787K

2016

Number of Claims

7,549

2014

10,038

2015

9,650

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 628

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

449

prescriptions.

91

patients, 29% of all patients

1 1
METFORMIN HCL 360

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

57

patients, 18% of all patients

2 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 320

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

54

patients, 17% of all patients

3 2
SIMVASTATIN 313

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

41

patients, 13% of all patients

4 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 266

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

36

patients, 12% of all patients

5 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 258

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

36

patients, 12% of all patients

6 14
JANUVIA 243

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

39

patients, 13% of all patients

7 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 228

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

38

patients, 12% of all patients

8 12
LISINOPRIL 223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

41

patients, 13% of all patients

9 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

28

patients, 9% of all patients

10 8
RANITIDINE HCL 190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

30

patients, 10% of all patients

11 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

24

patients, 8% of all patients

12 33
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

31

patients, 10% of all patients

13 44
FUROSEMIDE 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

28

patients, 9% of all patients

14 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

39

patients, 13% of all patients

O 15 7
ATENOLOL 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

16 45
GABAPENTIN 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

21

patients, 7% of all patients

16 10
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

39

patients, 13% of all patients

O 18 131
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

27

patients, 9% of all patients

19 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

19 15
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

21 80
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

22 3
OMEPRAZOLE 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

23 6
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

24 59
CARVEDILOL 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

21

patients, 7% of all patients

25 18
CLOPIDOGREL 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

26 20
LOVASTATIN 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

27 109
CLONIDINE HCL 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

28 46
PREDNISONE 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

36

patients, 12% of all patients

29 32
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

O 30 38
ALLOPURINOL 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

30 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

32 28
METFORMIN HCL ER 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

33 51
TRAMADOL HCL 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

O 34 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

35 24
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

35 75
GLIPIZIDE 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

37 49
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

38 185
COLCHICINE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

39 111
HYDRALAZINE HCL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

39 54
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

41 92
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 42 73
SYMBICORT 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

43 119
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

44 146
LYRICA 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 44 52
BUMETANIDE 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 46 160
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 46 102
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 48 71
SPIRONOLACTONE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

49 79
ULORIC 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 49 201
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 51 167
AZITHROMYCIN 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

44

patients, 14% of all patients

A 52 41
PROAIR HFA 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

52 55
IBUPROFEN 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

52 85
BENICAR HCT 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 55 206
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 56 97
VALSARTAN 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 56 67
NIFEDIPINE ER 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

56 99
CRESTOR 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

56 56
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 May 9, 2016.
  • 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.