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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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4,722Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 743 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$355K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 635 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

216 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81% Patients 65 Years and Older

39% 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

25% of this provider’s 216 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

17% of this provider’s 216 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

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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

$241K

2014

$307K

2015

$355K

2016

Number of Claims

3,588

2014

4,349

2015

4,722

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 192

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

36

patients, 17% of all patients

1 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 181

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

41

patients, 19% of all patients

2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 173

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

48

patients, 22% of all patients

3 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 140

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

31

patients, 14% of all patients

4 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 123

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

33

patients, 15% of all patients

5 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

19

patients, 9% of all patients

6 13
METFORMIN HCL 111

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

26

patients, 12% of all patients

7 7
RANITIDINE HCL 107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

26

patients, 12% of all patients

8 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

31

patients, 14% of all patients

9 21
ALPRAZOLAM 99

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

10 15
SERTRALINE HCL 92

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

17

patients, 8% of all patients

11 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

17

patients, 8% of all patients

12 23
TRAMADOL HCL 78

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

O 13 17
MELOXICAM 78

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

21

patients, 10% of all patients

13 26
GABAPENTIN 76

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

17

patients, 8% of all patients

15 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

18

patients, 8% of all patients

16 14
FENOFIBRATE* 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

17 86
PROAIR HFA 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

17

patients, 8% of all patients

18 55
LISINOPRIL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

19 4
DULOXETINE HCL 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 20 39
ATENOLOL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

21 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

22 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 23 16
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 March 16, 2018.
  • 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.