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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,230Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 887

$1.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 887

839 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
46%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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 North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 839 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 839 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,226 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $72 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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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 North Carolina
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,071 638 1 5
LISINOPRIL 709 366 2 4
METFORMIN HCL 684 317 3 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 647 349 4 12
SIMVASTATIN 637 311 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 623 285 6 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 465 252 7 10
FUROSEMIDE 458 266 8 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 373 176 9 22
CARVEDILOL 361 165 10 24
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 354 204 11 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 350 208 12 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 330 176 13 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 310 187 14 63
GLIPIZIDE 299 143 15 88
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 288 219 16 19
NEXIUM 288 89 16 18
PROAIR HFA 277 104 18 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 276 148 19 29
DIOVAN 249 127 20 81
CRESTOR 235 123 21 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 218 115 22 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 209 92 23 55
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 200 116 S3 24 1
ATENOLOL 195 147 25 37
CLONIDINE HCL 193 98 26 76
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 189 82 27 86
TRAMADOL HCL 189 71 27 15
GABAPENTIN 187 78 29 6
DIOVAN HCT 180 77 30 94
NAPROXEN 174 64 31 99
BYSTOLIC 168 86 32 148
PEN NEEDLE 164 64 33 113
ACTOS 161 70 34 101
ONGLYZA 160 69 35 206
BENAZEPRIL HCL 152 97 36 84
CLOPIDOGREL 148 90 37 46
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 141 77 S3 38 193
CELEBREX 134 54 39 95
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 133 41 40 115
COLCRYS 131 96 41 157
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 131 60 41 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123 83 43 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 122 55 44 42
SPIRIVA 121 49 45 45
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 120 78 46 103
LANTUS 120 78 46 97
VENTOLIN HFA 118 42 48 89
KLOR-CON M20 113 78 49 127
WARFARIN SODIUM 111 63 50 26
SINGULAIR 110 62 51 90
RANITIDINE HCL 109 82 52 59
ZETIA 103 69 53 118
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 74 54 57
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 95 27 55 14
TRAZODONE HCL 94 40 56 27
PLAVIX 91 56 57 82
SYNTHROID 90 57 58 52
IBUPROFEN 90 29 58 100
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 89 19 S2 60 17
LOVASTATIN 86 44 61 58
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 86 0 R 61 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 85 41 63 139
SERTRALINE HCL 85 39 63 32
ALLOPURINOL 85 48 63 66
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 84 44 66 169
EXFORGE 83 30 67 155
VERAPAMIL ER 82 46 68 153
CYMBALTA 81 22 69 40
COMBIVENT 80 51 70 129
LYRICA 79 0 71 49
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 36 72 68
BACLOFEN 75 0 73 104
MELOXICAM 72 41 74 28
HUMALOG 71 0 75 185
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 71 52 R 75 70
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 71 31 75 183
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 70 35 78 96
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 68 30 R 79 220
METFORMIN HCL ER 62 31 80 50
CITALOPRAM HBR 62 34 80 23
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 61 25 R 82 174
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 42 82 168
INSULIN SYRINGE 59 25 84 154
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 56 24 85 164
ACTOPLUS MET 56 26 85 317
FAMOTIDINE 56 29 85 143
LIPITOR 54 28 88 152
WELCHOL 52 0 89 334
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 51 51 90 72
GLIMEPIRIDE 50 21 91 54
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 24 91 166
XOPENEX HFA 50 35 91 342
KLOR-CON M10 50 23 91 254
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 50 26 91 122
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 Dec. 5, 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.