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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,888Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 887

$481K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 887

400 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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 North Carolina
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,486 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $72 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 North Carolina
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 375 250 1 5
LISINOPRIL 327 218 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 326 192 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 262 169 4 3
METFORMIN HCL 247 128 5 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 212 129 6 13
FUROSEMIDE 201 126 7 7
TRAMADOL HCL 200 142 8 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 196 142 9 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 179 126 10 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 176 127 11 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 171 129 12 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 140 81 13 14
NEXIUM 138 74 14 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 136 135 15 57
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 132 65 16 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 129 100 17 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 106 57 18 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 75 19 10
DIOVAN HCT 102 72 20 94
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 98 44 21 63
GABAPENTIN 90 45 22 6
GLIPIZIDE XL 86 72 23 106
DIOVAN 84 70 24 81
PROAIR HFA 82 46 25 39
RANITIDINE HCL 82 46 25 59
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 80 63 27 103
IBUPROFEN 76 17 28 100
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 27 29 55
ATENOLOL 73 34 30 37
AZITHROMYCIN 73 38 30 34
SERTRALINE HCL 72 43 32 32
GEMFIBROZIL 72 36 32 193
PREDNISONE 71 34 34 30
SPIRIVA 70 60 35 45
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 31 36 93
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 66 30 37 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 18 38 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 61 30 39 115
VENTOLIN HFA 60 35 40 89
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 60 44 40 207
CLOPIDOGREL 56 42 42 46
ALLOPURINOL 55 27 43 66
TRAZODONE HCL 54 12 44 27
LEVOXYL 53 42 45 158
CLONIDINE HCL 53 37 45 76
LIPITOR 52 42 47 152
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 0 48 62
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 32 48 84
WARFARIN SODIUM 50 44 48 26
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 Aug. 27, 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.