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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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12,032Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 246 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$488K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 494 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

632 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71% Patients 65 Years and Older

47% 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 632 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

14% of this provider’s 632 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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

$570K

2014

$546K

2015

$488K

2016

Number of Claims

12,049

2014

11,748

2015

12,032

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
SIMVASTATIN 690

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

584

prescriptions.

135

patients, 21% of all patients

1 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 478

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

342

prescriptions.

78

patients, 12% of all patients

2 3
LORAZEPAM 460

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

331

prescriptions.

61

patients, 10% of all patients

3 25
OMEPRAZOLE 423

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

80

patients, 13% of all patients

4 5
LISINOPRIL 383

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

277

prescriptions.

77

patients, 12% of all patients

5 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 334

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

69

patients, 11% of all patients

6 2
ALPRAZOLAM 322

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

7 15
METFORMIN HCL 310

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

66

patients, 10% of all patients

8 7
FUROSEMIDE 281

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

9 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 277

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

58

patients, 9% of all patients

10 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

11 12
TRAMADOL HCL 233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

O 12 17
GABAPENTIN 232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

52

patients, 8% of all patients

13 11
SERTRALINE HCL 200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

14 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

15 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

16 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

17 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

18 16
CLONAZEPAM 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

19 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

20 59
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

O 21 6
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

22 61
ALLOPURINOL 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

22 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

24 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

25 23
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

26 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

27 14
CLOPIDOGREL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

28 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

29 33
DULOXETINE HCL 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

30 39
FENOFIBRATE* 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

31 86
TAMSULOSIN HCL 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

32 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

33 21
GLIPIZIDE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

34 53
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

67

patients, 11% of all patients

A 35 84
PROAIR HFA 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

36 55
CARVEDILOL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

36 20
AMOXICILLIN 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

66

patients, 10% of all patients

A 38 105
FLUOXETINE HCL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

39 46
GLIPIZIDE ER 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

40 68
ATENOLOL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

41 41
BENAZEPRIL HCL 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

42 52
CRESTOR 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

42 44
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

42 35
JANUVIA 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

45 57
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 45 40
VERAPAMIL ER 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 47 133
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

48 71
MELOXICAM 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

48 26
TEMAZEPAM 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 50 78
NABUMETONE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

51 216
VENTOLIN HFA 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

52 74
ESTRADIOL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 53 130
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 54 79
LYRICA 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

54 58
LANSOPRAZOLE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 56 254
ZETIA 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

56 82
RANITIDINE HCL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

56 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

59 19
AZITHROMYCIN 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

48

patients, 8% of all patients

A 59 47
DIAZEPAM 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

59 54
MIRTAZAPINE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 62 49
CITALOPRAM HBR 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 62 30
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 64 202
CLONIDINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 64 62
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 Oct. 31, 2008.
  • 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.