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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,056Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 298

$224K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 298

201 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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 Arizona
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 201 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,660 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 Arizona
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 254 224 1 2
LISINOPRIL 217 193 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 185 185 3 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 183 165 4 50
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 177 176 5 7
FUROSEMIDE 127 126 6 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 126 126 7 8
SERTRALINE HCL 121 107 8 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 120 120 9 35
SIMVASTATIN 118 118 10 3
ATENOLOL 99 99 11 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 98 84 12 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 97 94 13 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 88 14 9
NAMENDA 83 77 15 51
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 73 S3 16 5
CARVEDILOL 72 72 17 41
IBUPROFEN 69 58 18 40
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 67 19 20
GABAPENTIN 66 55 20 10
FAMOTIDINE 60 60 21 135
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 60 60 21 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 59 46 23 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 52 23 68
RISPERIDONE 59 29 23 27
MIRTAZAPINE 58 58 26 67
DIGOXIN 58 58 26 107
BUPROPION HCL SR 55 55 28 56
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 July 24, 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.