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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,148Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 37 out of 251

$360K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 251

493 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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

2% of this provider’s 493 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 493 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 2,033 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$87 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 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
GABAPENTIN 711 402 1 8
TRAMADOL HCL 166 125 2 12
LIDOCAINE 155 73 3 73
NAMENDA 135 131 4 104
ROPINIROLE HCL 134 73 5 130
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 132 73 S3 6 7
PRIMIDONE 126 66 7 115
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 124 42 R 8 47
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 122 0 9 135
TOPIRAMATE 120 22 10 100
LYRICA 116 58 11 59
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 107 75 12 111
DONEPEZIL HCL 102 96 13 55
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 93 35 14 153
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 93 26 14 153
LEVETIRACETAM 90 41 16 158
CYMBALTA 82 47 17 95
CARBAMAZEPINE 77 16 18 164
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 75 35 19 84
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 73 16 20 22
CARISOPRODOL 70 0 R 21 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 66 24 22 27
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 64 50 23 181
ETODOLAC 63 11 24 118
BACLOFEN 58 12 25 63
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 18 R 26 40
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 17, 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.