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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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14,551Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 162 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$801K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 211 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

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

57% 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

32% of this provider’s 601 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

30% of this provider’s 601 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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

$721K

2014

$782K

2015

$801K

2016

Number of Claims

12,991

2014

13,446

2015

14,551

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 556

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

440

prescriptions.

112

patients, 19% of all patients

1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 543

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

383

prescriptions.

99

patients, 16% of all patients

2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 484

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

313

prescriptions.

100

patients, 17% of all patients

3 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 479

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

399

prescriptions.

95

patients, 16% of all patients

4 2
LISINOPRIL 396

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

302

prescriptions.

84

patients, 14% of all patients

5 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 388

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

69

patients, 11% of all patients

O 6 6
ALPRAZOLAM 383

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

230

prescriptions.

73

patients, 12% of all patients

7 15
TRAMADOL HCL 310

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

281

prescriptions.

75

patients, 12% of all patients

O 8 17
FUROSEMIDE 306

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

68

patients, 11% of all patients

9 10
METFORMIN HCL 303

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

61

patients, 10% of all patients

10 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 260

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

55

patients, 9% of all patients

11 8
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 257

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

O 12 37
TRAZODONE HCL 256

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

13 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

14 18
SIMVASTATIN 243

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

55

patients, 9% of all patients

15 9
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

82

patients, 14% of all patients

16 21
GABAPENTIN 207

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

49

patients, 8% of all patients

17 11
RANITIDINE HCL 203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

18 22
CLONAZEPAM 202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

19 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 196

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

20 16
CARVEDILOL 195

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

21 20
CLOPIDOGREL 194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

22 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

22 32
LORAZEPAM 184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

24 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

25 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

26 19
PREDNISONE 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

73

patients, 12% of all patients

26 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

28 45
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

28 12
PROAIR HFA 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

30 55
BACLOFEN 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

55

patients, 9% of all patients

31 104
JANUVIA 133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

32 57
CRESTOR 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

33 44
LOVASTATIN 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

34 83
ALLOPURINOL 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

35 31
FLUOXETINE HCL 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

36 46
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

37 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

38 23
GLIPIZIDE ER 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

39 68
MIRTAZAPINE 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

40 49
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

41 14
SERTRALINE HCL 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

41 28
FAMOTIDINE* 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

43 63
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

44 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

45 27
MELOXICAM 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

45 26
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

45 65
AZITHROMYCIN 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

68

patients, 11% of all patients

A 48 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

49 59
ZETIA 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

50 82
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

51 61
VENTOLIN HFA 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

52 74
ATENOLOL 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

53 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

53 95
PAROXETINE HCL 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 53 80
BENAZEPRIL HCL 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

56 52
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

57 73
CITALOPRAM HBR 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

58 30
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

59 56
METFORMIN HCL ER 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

59 34
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

61 35
OXYCODONE HCL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 O 61 51
VALSARTAN 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 63 50
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

54

patients, 9% of all patients

A 63 129
GLIPIZIDE 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

65 53
SYMBICORT 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 66 94
MECLIZINE HCL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

67 112
DIAZEPAM 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

68 54
SPIRONOLACTONE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 69 70
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

A 69 84
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 Jan. 24, 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.