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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,898Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 49 out of 887

$309K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 97 out of 887

230 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

23% of this provider’s 230 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 3,803 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $72 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 279 161 S3 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 265 196 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 248 119 3 2
LISINOPRIL 206 153 4 4
SIMVASTATIN 160 131 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 160 116 5 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 128 81 7 23
FUROSEMIDE 126 88 8 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 120 76 9 12
MELOXICAM 119 71 10 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 111 82 11 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 91 85 12 14
GABAPENTIN 89 51 13 6
CARVEDILOL 86 52 14 24
RAMIPRIL 84 73 15 121
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 27 16 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 77 58 17 54
NEXIUM 77 51 17 18
SERTRALINE HCL 77 69 17 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 76 70 20 21
CYMBALTA 75 27 21 40
ATENOLOL 73 52 22 37
PROMETHAZINE HCL 73 28 R 22 69
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 44 24 10
METFORMIN HCL 70 42 25 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 68 50 26 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 67 44 27 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 66 45 28 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 62 51 29 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 61 26 30 19
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 53 31 50
AZITHROMYCIN 58 41 31 34
PROAIR HFA 55 24 33 39
LOVASTATIN 52 44 34 58
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 May 27, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.