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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,020Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 154

$475K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 154

423 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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 West Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 423 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,896 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 West Virginia
SIMVASTATIN 506 381 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 321 266 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 311 247 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 305 242 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 267 223 5 7
ATENOLOL 251 200 6 19
FUROSEMIDE 209 157 7 6
TRAMADOL HCL 202 171 8 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 200 156 9 17
RANITIDINE HCL 198 161 10 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 194 135 11 9
LISINOPRIL 188 137 12 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 154 13 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 167 149 13 27
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 164 110 15 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 154 136 16 35
CARVEDILOL 133 114 17 39
SERTRALINE HCL 122 89 18 15
CLOPIDOGREL 122 87 18 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 116 95 20 10
GABAPENTIN 114 74 21 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 107 93 22 24
NEXIUM 105 63 23 12
PLAVIX 101 79 24 43
SPIRIVA 94 75 25 42
CLONIDINE HCL 93 91 26 91
GLIPIZIDE 87 79 27 68
DIOVAN 85 61 28 58
CITALOPRAM HBR 84 51 29 18
LIPITOR 83 69 30 126
CRESTOR 80 38 31 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 52 32 34
LANTUS 72 46 33 83
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 71 58 34 47
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 57 R 35 84
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 44 36 61
LEVOFLOXACIN 58 46 37 88
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 55 45 38 152
PROAIR HFA 53 28 39 28
GLYBURIDE 52 34 R 40 156
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 50 35 41 160
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 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.