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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,738Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 142

$577K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 142

338 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
22%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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 Idaho
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 338 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 338 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 1,023 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$86 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 Idaho
OMEPRAZOLE 207 12 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 185 0 2 3
LISINOPRIL 148 22 3 2
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 144 11 4 52
METFORMIN HCL 136 13 5 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 123 0 6 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 117 34 S3 7 1
RANITIDINE HCL 116 28 8 58
SIMVASTATIN 114 12 9 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 23 10 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 106 49 11 10
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 103 0 R 12 59
GABAPENTIN 94 12 13 6
TRAZODONE HCL 89 0 14 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 87 23 15 47
OLANZAPINE 86 24 16 105
NEXIUM 83 0 17 40
CITALOPRAM HBR 81 21 18 31
FUROSEMIDE 77 13 19 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 24 20 36
SERTRALINE HCL 75 0 21 39
TRAMADOL HCL 75 20 21 16
PRAZOSIN HCL 74 0 23 75
ABILIFY 74 0 23 35
PROAIR HFA 72 14 25 50
SEROQUEL 69 0 26 118
GLIPIZIDE 67 0 27 80
BUSPIRONE HCL 66 11 28 76
WARFARIN SODIUM 65 15 29 14
MIRTAZAPINE 58 0 30 126
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 55 20 31 20
ATENOLOL 53 27 32 41
DICYCLOMINE HCL 53 0 32 137
MELOXICAM 52 16 34 22
INVEGA SUSTENNA 52 0 34 140
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 52 19 34 27
INVEGA 50 0 37 95
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 15, 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.