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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,509Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 112

$2.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 112

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

48% 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

57% of this provider’s 513 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 26%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 365 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

9% of this provider’s 513 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 4%.

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Brand Name Drugs

43% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 56%.

Prescription Price

$314 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $312 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.22M

2012

$1.12M

2013

$1.42M

2014

$2.04M

2015

Number of Claims

4,143

2012

4,463

2013

5,601

2014

6,509

2015

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.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

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
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

546

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

358

prescriptions.

198

patients, 39% of all patients

1 2
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

524

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

357

prescriptions.

108

patients, 21% of all patients

2 5
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

414

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

197

patients, 38% of all patients

A 3 7
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

321

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

69

patients, 13% of all patients

4 1
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

304

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

92

patients, 18% of all patients

5 3
DALIRESP

Used to prevent the symptom... +

Used to prevent the symptoms (flare-ups) of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from getting worse. Source: National Library of Medicine

270

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

59

patients, 12% of all patients

6 16
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

7 4
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

8 10
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

96

patients, 19% of all patients

A 9 13
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

10 20
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

86

patients, 17% of all patients

11 68
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

12 24
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

13 25
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT

Used to help control the sy... +

Used to help control the symptoms of lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

14 14
VENTOLIN HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

15 11
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

16 6
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

17 57
BREO ELLIPTA

Treats asthma in patients n... +

Treats asthma in patients not adequately controlled a long-term asthma medicine and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

18 15
DULERA

Used to treat asthma and im... +

Used to treat asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

18 28
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

20 9
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE

Doxycycline is used to trea... +

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; Lyme disease; acne; infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems; and anthrax (after inhalational exposure). Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

A 21 43
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

22 69
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

A 23 71
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

24 8
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 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. 13, 2015.
  • 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.