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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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10,926Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 295 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$750K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 244 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

390 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66% 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

36% of this provider’s 390 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

22% of this provider’s 390 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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

$628K

2014

$746K

2015

$750K

2016

Number of Claims

10,622

2014

11,199

2015

10,926

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 625

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

457

prescriptions.

112

patients, 29% of all patients

1 1
RANITIDINE HCL 417

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

281

prescriptions.

95

patients, 24% of all patients

2 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 383

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

57

patients, 15% of all patients

3 8
GABAPENTIN 346

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

249

prescriptions.

77

patients, 20% of all patients

4 11
FUROSEMIDE 344

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

80

patients, 21% of all patients

5 10
METFORMIN HCL 306

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

61

patients, 16% of all patients

6 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 263

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

60

patients, 15% of all patients

7 13
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 260

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

8 32
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

53

patients, 14% of all patients

O 9 150
SIMVASTATIN 186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

10 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 182

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

30

patients, 8% of all patients

11 14
CLONIDINE HCL 181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

12 62
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

13 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

14 12
LISINOPRIL 172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

15 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 166

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

16 2
OMEPRAZOLE 164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

17 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

18 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

19 16
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

20 119
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

21 222
CARVEDILOL 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

22 20
LOVASTATIN 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

23 83
AZITHROMYCIN 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

68

patients, 17% of all patients

A 24 47
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

24 56
BENICAR 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

24 183
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

27 35
PAROXETINE HCL 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

28 80
TRAMADOL HCL 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

O 28 17
PROAIR HFA 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

37

patients, 9% of all patients

30 55
NEXIUM 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

31 90
CLOPIDOGREL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

31 24
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

33 315
BENICAR HCT 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

34 214
VENTOLIN HFA 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

35 74
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

36 48
DEXILANT 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

37 137
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

38 19
ALPRAZOLAM 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

39 15
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

39 76
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 KWIKPEN 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

41 217
VALSARTAN 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

42 50
JANUVIA 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

43 57
IBUPROFEN 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

44 101
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

45 69
ATENOLOL 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

45 41
MECLIZINE HCL 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

45 112
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

45 21
ZETIA 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

49 82
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 49 60
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 51 61
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

52 106
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 53 67
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

54 116
LABETALOL HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 54 182
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

54 23
CRESTOR 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

54 44
VYTORIN 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 58 264
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 58 40
BACLOFEN 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

58 104
PREDNISONE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

58 38
CLONAZEPAM 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 62 36
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. 12, 2012.
  • 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.