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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,681Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 479

$682K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 479

231 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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 New York
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 231 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,321 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

64% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$120 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $97 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 New York
LOVAZA 672 591 1 26
EVISTA 312 309 2 136
DIOVAN 300 295 3 39
LIDODERM 188 173 4 74
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 164 153 5 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 152 151 6 10
SINGULAIR 117 109 7 46
PLAVIX 110 97 8 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 110 110 8 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 108 108 10 3
METFORMIN HCL 89 76 11 7
NEXIUM 89 81 11 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 79 70 13 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 79 79 13 5
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 75 74 15 116
TAMSULOSIN HCL 73 73 16 13
PATANOL 69 53 17 156
SIMVASTATIN 68 68 18 1
CLOPIDOGREL 62 62 19 23
LYRICA 61 55 20 55
ALLOPURINOL 61 61 20 92
PROAIR HFA 59 54 22 64
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 56 56 23 8
NIASPAN 56 53 23 106
VENTOLIN HFA 51 49 25 58
SYMBICORT 50 48 26 85
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 March 19, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.