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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,120Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 36

$536K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 36

245 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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 Montana
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 245 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 6,425 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 Montana
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 253 221 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 237 222 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 200 169 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 152 129 4 2
CELEBREX 142 123 5 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 137 129 6 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 126 7 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 128 92 8 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 126 124 9 7
LISINOPRIL 123 116 10 2
NEXIUM 120 93 11 39
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 115 88 S3 12 4
CARVEDILOL 110 110 13 17
SERTRALINE HCL 101 96 14 26
GABAPENTIN 100 84 15 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 97 97 16 11
LYRICA 93 85 17 29
PREDNISONE 92 88 18 33
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 89 74 19 9
KLOR-CON M20 86 76 20 47
ALLOPURINOL 80 80 21 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 79 75 22 48
AZITHROMYCIN 79 61 22 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 77 77 24 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74 73 25 28
DIGOXIN 74 74 25 34
DIOVAN 74 74 25 50
VYTORIN 73 65 28 52
METFORMIN HCL 66 60 29 12
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 54 30 56
NAMENDA 62 62 31 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 62 62 31 14
JANUMET 61 42 33 58
ATENOLOL 56 52 34 20
PREMARIN 56 53 R 34 62
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 47 36 24
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 53 53 37 65
CITALOPRAM HBR 53 51 37 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 51 51 39 68
CLOPIDOGREL 51 51 39 68
CRESTOR 50 50 41 71
LEVOTHROID 50 50 41 71
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 9, 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.