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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,394Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 154

$490K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 154

340 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
48%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

9% of this provider’s 340 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,945 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 259 130 1 2
METFORMIN HCL 223 84 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 222 142 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 212 80 4 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 211 104 5 9
TRAMADOL HCL 193 91 6 13
FUROSEMIDE 191 128 7 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 183 107 8 8
LISINOPRIL 178 102 9 1
RANITIDINE HCL 172 98 10 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 167 80 11 16
SIMVASTATIN 146 54 12 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 145 79 13 32
ATENOLOL 141 76 14 19
NEXIUM 135 45 15 12
GABAPENTIN 98 0 16 11
LOVASTATIN 95 61 17 67
SERTRALINE HCL 93 37 18 15
CRESTOR 91 58 19 14
COMBIVENT 91 49 19 97
MELOXICAM 86 57 21 41
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 84 17 R 22 90
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 49 22 10
IBUPROFEN 76 21 24 78
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 76 35 24 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74 45 26 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 71 17 27 69
TRAZODONE HCL 68 37 28 20
GLIPIZIDE 67 16 29 68
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 27 30 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 60 31 33
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 34 31 61
FENOFIBRATE 63 41 33 71
JANUVIA 62 29 34 87
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 62 45 34 24
BENAZEPRIL HCL 60 34 36 108
TRICOR 59 0 37 112
CITALOPRAM HBR 58 0 38 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 16 S3 39 23
CLONIDINE HCL 55 23 40 91
ALLOPURINOL 55 35 40 70
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 19 42 53
ZETIA 54 18 42 77
CLOPIDOGREL 53 30 44 22
NIASPAN 52 19 45 156
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 52 0 45 93
DIOVAN 51 24 47 58
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 Nov. 6, 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.