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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,897Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 85

$1.3M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 85

420 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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 Iowa
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 420 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 420 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,578 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$81 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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 Iowa
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 722 502 1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 720 519 2 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 544 442 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 494 367 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 445 245 S3 5 12
SIMVASTATIN 427 373 6 1
RAMIPRIL 405 318 7 39
METFORMIN HCL 381 230 8 10
CRESTOR 305 150 9 30
LISINOPRIL 258 177 10 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 238 192 11 16
CARVEDILOL 234 189 12 22
LIPITOR 230 133 13 72
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 228 180 14 8
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 218 137 15 74
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 218 101 15 14
GABAPENTIN 215 153 17 19
BUMETANIDE 209 131 18 61
GLIMEPIRIDE 192 151 19 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 183 93 20 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 180 139 21 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 174 139 22 7
FUROSEMIDE 170 98 23 6
RANITIDINE HCL 169 122 24 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 111 25 11
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 161 97 26 82
CYMBALTA 161 76 26 59
NIASPAN 156 71 28 75
ALLOPURINOL 149 128 29 25
PEN NEEDLE 148 78 30 85
SPIRIVA 144 72 31 40
CITALOPRAM HBR 138 114 32 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 133 115 33 24
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 126 79 34 91
LANTUS 124 76 35 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123 102 36 33
SERTRALINE HCL 116 68 37 20
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 114 105 38 67
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 108 55 R 39 99
SPIRONOLACTONE 107 68 40 49
NOVOLOG 107 44 40 101
INSULIN SYRINGE 105 51 42 103
TRAMADOL HCL 105 54 42 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 104 92 44 21
CLOPIDOGREL 104 72 44 47
TOPIRAMATE 100 49 46 77
ADVAIR DISKUS 99 58 47 31
SYNTHROID 98 75 48 84
LEVEMIR 95 70 49 105
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 93 51 50 36
DIOVAN 90 44 51 29
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 85 52 64
ATENOLOL 89 70 52 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 87 86 54 55
PLAVIX 83 68 55 111
LANSOPRAZOLE 81 68 56 113
NAPROXEN 74 36 57 116
CHLORTHALIDONE 71 43 58 117
NEXIUM 70 16 59 119
DEXILANT 69 0 60 122
VICTOZA 3-PAK 68 29 61 124
SINGULAIR 68 31 61 80
HUMALOG 66 40 63 126
FENTANYL 63 16 S2 64 66
PREDNISONE 62 47 65 28
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 29 S2 65 130
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 39 R 67 57
AZITHROMYCIN 61 53 67 34
FINASTERIDE 60 60 69 95
METFORMIN HCL ER 59 44 70 43
BENAZEPRIL HCL 58 53 71 32
OXYCODONE HCL 57 25 S2 72 95
JANUMET 57 47 72 137
CELEBREX 56 34 74 81
BUPROPION HCL SR 54 38 75 143
COUMADIN 53 35 76 88
PROAIR HFA 51 40 77 44
NITROSTAT 50 33 78 151
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 June 14, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.