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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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10,915Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 299 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

$455K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 530 out of 1328 providers in this state and specialty

491 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73% Patients 65 Years and Older

45% 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

41% of this provider’s 491 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

18% of this provider’s 491 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

$42 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

$337K

2014

$404K

2015

$455K

2016

Number of Claims

9,138

2014

10,046

2015

10,915

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
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 458

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

379

prescriptions.

84

patients, 17% of all patients

1 19
SIMVASTATIN 448

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

358

prescriptions.

86

patients, 18% of all patients

2 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 435

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

326

prescriptions.

70

patients, 14% of all patients

3 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 380

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

60

patients, 12% of all patients

O 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 342

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

53

patients, 11% of all patients

5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 322

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

71

patients, 14% of all patients

6 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 293

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

53

patients, 11% of all patients

7 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 290

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

8 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 268

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

47

patients, 10% of all patients

9 8
GABAPENTIN 268

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

9 11
METFORMIN HCL ER 256

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

11 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 241

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

12 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

89

patients, 18% of all patients

13 21
LISINOPRIL 211

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

14 4
FLUOXETINE HCL 210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

15 46
LORAZEPAM 177

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

16 25
DIAZEPAM 159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

17 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

18 13
METFORMIN HCL 146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

19 7
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

20 67
GLIPIZIDE ER 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

21 68
TRAMADOL HCL 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

O 22 17
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

23 79
GLIPIZIDE 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

23 53
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

25 35
CLONIDINE HCL 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

25 62
FUROSEMIDE 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

27 10
SERTRALINE HCL 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

28 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

28 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

30 23
ALPRAZOLAM 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

31 15
CLONAZEPAM 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

32 36
CARVEDILOL 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

32 20
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

34 65
TRAZODONE HCL 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

35 29
CLOPIDOGREL 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

35 24
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

74

patients, 15% of all patients

A 37 117
RANITIDINE HCL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

38 22
MELOXICAM 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

39 26
ATENOLOL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

40 41
ALLOPURINOL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

41 31
VENTOLIN HFA 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

42 74
CRESTOR 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

43 44
LANTUS 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 44 131
AZITHROMYCIN 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

57

patients, 12% of all patients

A 44 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

44 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

47 43
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

48 106
ZETIA 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

49 82
ROPINIROLE HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 50 96
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

A 51 84
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

51 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 53 59
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

53 48
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

A 53 108
PROAIR HFA 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

53 55
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

57 14
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 Nov. 23, 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.