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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,655Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 67

$405K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 67

200 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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 West Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,732 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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 West Virginia
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 329 186 1 2
LISINOPRIL 238 175 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 224 151 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 218 189 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 213 136 5 6
ATENOLOL 208 167 6 17
SIMVASTATIN 178 120 7 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 154 83 8 25
LOVASTATIN 148 110 9 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 146 119 10 10
CRESTOR 124 80 11 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 100 27 12 89
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 100 78 12 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 85 14 8
NEXIUM 96 44 15 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 47 15 32
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 94 82 17 61
CITALOPRAM HBR 94 87 17 26
LACTULOSE 93 12 19 91
GEMFIBROZIL 92 54 20 68
METFORMIN HCL 92 62 20 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 56 22 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 66 23 28
SERTRALINE HCL 77 39 24 19
GABAPENTIN 75 39 25 12
GLIPIZIDE 74 70 26 77
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74 59 26 23
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 69 67 28 105
RISPERIDONE 67 27 29 55
FINASTERIDE 66 54 30 107
RANITIDINE HCL 64 31 31 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 51 32 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 63 63 32 24
TRAMADOL HCL 61 48 34 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 61 37 34 60
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 0 36 80
MELOXICAM 59 34 37 36
KLOR-CON M20 59 55 37 82
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 54 38 39 9
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 53 40 79
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 12 40 123
AMITIZA 52 0 42 126
WARFARIN SODIUM 51 26 43 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 51 42 43 15
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 March 12, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.