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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Surgical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,670Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 26

$197K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 26

448 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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 Minnesota
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 448 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 30%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 448 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 26%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,602 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 12%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $36 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 6.


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 Minnesota
CITALOPRAM HBR 242 242 1 14
FUROSEMIDE 230 223 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 184 184 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 152 152 4 10
JANTOVEN 147 146 5 20
LISINOPRIL 145 145 6 3
TRAZODONE HCL 140 140 7 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 125 125 8 24
NAMENDA 111 102 9 26
MIRTAZAPINE 109 109 10 27
ATENOLOL 96 96 11 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 95 84 S3 12 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 88 84 13 16
TRAMADOL HCL 86 86 14 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 84 81 15 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 83 83 16 17
SERTRALINE HCL 80 80 17 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 67 67 18 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 65 65 19 11
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 55 19 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 61 21 18
RISPERIDONE 57 57 22 41
LIDODERM 52 52 23 44
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 51 51 24 5
SIMVASTATIN 51 51 24 7
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.