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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,076Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 141

$252K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 141

193 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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 Tennessee
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 3,621 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 Tennessee
SIMVASTATIN 262 169 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 262 222 1 4
METFORMIN HCL 233 156 3 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 139 4 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 176 141 5 11
LISINOPRIL 158 106 6 2
FUROSEMIDE 142 111 7 10
BENAZEPRIL HCL 136 96 8 59
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 127 102 9 29
NEXIUM 126 86 10 21
DIOVAN HCT 94 64 11 139
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 51 12 44
OMEPRAZOLE 84 54 13 6
MELOXICAM 74 48 14 16
DIOVAN 71 60 15 103
CITALOPRAM HBR 70 53 16 23
RANITIDINE HCL 70 32 16 22
GLYBURIDE 69 68 R 18 52
TRAZODONE HCL 67 53 19 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 66 64 20 41
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 39 21 155
SINGULAIR 61 28 22 94
WARFARIN SODIUM 59 59 23 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 39 24 28
SERTRALINE HCL 56 42 25 42
CYMBALTA 55 18 26 73
LOVASTATIN 54 54 27 26
CARVEDILOL 54 34 27 36
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 32 29 72
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.