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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,898Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 614

$599K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 614

262 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
19%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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 Pennsylvania
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

14% of this provider’s 851 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$122 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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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 Pennsylvania
CITALOPRAM HBR 405 65 1 14
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 329 53 R 2 40
RISPERIDONE 284 15 3 22
OLANZAPINE 279 37 4 49
ABILIFY 273 31 5 24
BUPROPION HCL SR 192 23 6 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 183 27 7 27
HALOPERIDOL 179 63 8 104
CYMBALTA 170 0 9 42
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 165 23 10 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 163 40 11 26
SERTRALINE HCL 160 53 12 18
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 141 12 13 52
LITHIUM CARBONATE 131 0 14 61
TRAZODONE HCL 126 23 15 20
BUSPIRONE HCL 113 15 16 62
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 89 18 17 30
PAROXETINE HCL 89 16 17 58
THIOTHIXENE 84 38 19 180
LAMOTRIGINE 82 11 20 34
DOXEPIN HCL 80 11 21 163
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 79 34 22 77
SEROQUEL XR 75 0 23 84
MIRTAZAPINE 75 24 23 65
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 68 23 25 119
SEROQUEL 63 0 26 83
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 59 38 R 27 166
BUPROPION XL 50 0 28 101
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 Nov. 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.