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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,510Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 508 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$485K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 496 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

421 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83% Patients 65 Years and Older

21% 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

31% of this provider’s 421 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

21% of this provider’s 421 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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

$382K

2014

$444K

2015

$485K

2016

Number of Claims

6,629

2014

7,578

2015

7,510

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 332

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

65

patients, 15% of all patients

1 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 211

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

2 16
SIMVASTATIN 178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

3 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

4 3
GLIMEPIRIDE 159

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

5 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

6 2
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 149

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

7 67
METFORMIN HCL ER 141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

8 34
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

51

patients, 12% of all patients

O 9 6
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

10 35
LISINOPRIL 118

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

11 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 116

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

12 12
METFORMIN HCL 116

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

12 7
OMEPRAZOLE 115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

14 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

15 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

16 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

17 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

18 32
ALLOPURINOL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

19 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

19 27
GABAPENTIN 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

19 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

22 60
FUROSEMIDE 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

23 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

24 14
SERTRALINE HCL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

24 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

26 23
ALPRAZOLAM 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

27 15
LORAZEPAM 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

28 25
CARVEDILOL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

29 20
RANITIDINE HCL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

30 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 31 30
CLOPIDOGREL 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

32 24
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

32 56
CELECOXIB 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

34 87
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

35 21
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 36 48
AZITHROMYCIN 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

37

patients, 9% of all patients

A 36 47
IBUPROFEN 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

38 101
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

38 33
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 June 7, 2017.
  • 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.