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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,438Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 1188

$1.54M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 1188

297 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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 avg Average for
this specialty
in California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 297 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,530 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

49% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

65 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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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.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in California
GLIMEPIRIDE 667 629 1 34
METFORMIN HCL 543 517 2 4
JANUVIA 513 513 3 36
NEXIUM 489 480 4 71
LIDODERM 487 481 5 62
JANUMET 467 430 6 98
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 459 392 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 424 382 8 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 415 403 9 17
SIMVASTATIN 411 371 10 2
DIOVAN HCT 405 395 11 61
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 397 368 12 11
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 391 391 13 84
SYNTHROID 303 293 14 136
ZETIA 296 294 15 128
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 291 263 16 89
TRAMADOL HCL 290 267 17 16
FUROSEMIDE 278 267 18 12
ATENOLOL 277 258 19 14
OMEPRAZOLE 271 236 20 5
LANTUS 264 264 21 52
CRESTOR 229 223 22 45
MELOXICAM 214 177 23 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 210 198 24 28
DIOVAN 208 184 25 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 199 188 26 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 198 198 27 68
ACTOS 184 177 28 49
CELEBREX 183 182 29 67
MECLIZINE HCL 183 172 29 155
IBUPROFEN 182 162 31 13
VOLTAREN 179 164 32 101
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 179 175 32 230
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 167 164 34 24
VYTORIN 166 166 35 147
DONEPEZIL HCL 162 138 36 51
TAMSULOSIN HCL 162 136 36 26
ALLOPURINOL 160 159 38 87
CLOPIDOGREL 148 148 39 46
PLAVIX 148 148 39 70
PROAIR HFA 140 132 41 33
BENAZEPRIL HCL 137 125 42 15
CARVEDILOL 136 136 43 22
SINGLE USE SWAB 136 136 43 256
GABAPENTIN 128 128 45 9
LIPITOR 127 107 46 114
ACIPHEX 125 125 47 261
INSULIN SYRINGE 125 125 47 79
CAPTOPRIL 125 112 47 261
NIASPAN 123 123 50 116
NASONEX 120 108 51 180
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 117 110 52 47
HUMALOG 114 114 53 164
SURE COMFORT 114 114 53 272
ADVAIR DISKUS 113 113 55 53
DETROL LA 111 105 56 275
NITROSTAT 111 107 56 144
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 110 104 58 10
NATEGLINIDE 109 106 59 195
DEXILANT 103 80 60 90
CLONIDINE HCL 99 99 61 107
CILOSTAZOL 98 98 62 287
KLOR-CON 8 88 88 63 125
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 88 88 63 63
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 83 82 S3 65 59
FLECTOR 72 71 66 247
CREON 71 71 67 176
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 70 70 S3 68 1
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 66 69 136
BYSTOLIC 66 65 69 174
TRILIPIX 64 64 71 220
SOLARAZE 64 61 71 335
ALCOHOL SWABS 63 63 73 120
PRIMIDONE 63 63 73 338
PEN NEEDLE 62 62 75 111
LOVAZA 60 60 76 121
HYDROXYZINE HCL 59 59 R 77 159
SERTRALINE HCL 59 59 77 50
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 55 40 79 172
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 54 54 80 367
FINASTERIDE 53 53 81 76
SINGULAIR 53 53 81 100
BENICAR HCT 53 52 81 370
LABETALOL HCL 52 52 84 374
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 51 84 173
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 52 52 84 235
HUMULIN 70-30 51 51 87 239
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 40 87 112
PAROXETINE HCL 51 50 87 85
NAPROXEN 50 50 90 38
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.