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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,376Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 478

$791K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 478

305 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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

23% of this provider’s 305 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 305 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,608 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $74 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 528 314 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 465 309 2 6
LOVASTATIN 458 314 3 41
LISINOPRIL 457 236 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 361 250 5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 319 193 S3 6 1
OMEPRAZOLE 316 177 7 2
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 285 152 S2 8 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 257 177 9 15
METFORMIN HCL ER 246 165 10 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 234 169 11 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 230 131 12 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 216 174 13 7
RANITIDINE HCL 176 117 14 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 167 101 15 16
GABAPENTIN 164 110 16 8
CLOPIDOGREL 164 117 16 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 159 131 18 14
CYMBALTA 153 42 19 49
CLONIDINE HCL 152 77 20 61
ATENOLOL 151 95 21 32
CRESTOR 145 96 22 22
AZITHROMYCIN 134 72 23 40
NEXIUM 125 71 24 21
PLAVIX 121 99 25 57
WARFARIN SODIUM 118 60 26 28
NIASPAN 105 54 27 122
PROAIR HFA 105 52 27 43
DIOVAN 104 54 29 76
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 103 46 30 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 101 48 31 65
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 96 66 32 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 61 33 18
NIFEDIPINE ER 90 72 34 130
JANUVIA 86 83 35 88
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 84 64 S2 36 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83 68 37 48
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 83 33 37 181
TRAMADOL HCL 82 44 39 17
SERTRALINE HCL 82 51 39 38
CARVEDILOL 80 42 41 24
METFORMIN HCL 76 44 42 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 46 43 44
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69 30 44 62
GLIPIZIDE 68 59 45 69
GLIPIZIDE ER 67 53 46 125
PEN NEEDLE 66 26 47 96
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 48 48 77
SYMBICORT 60 36 49 139
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 59 14 50 121
MELOXICAM 59 39 50 29
SPIRIVA 59 50 50 63
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 15 53 71
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 56 42 54 11
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 49 54 58
FENOFIBRATE 55 37 56 68
PREDNISONE 55 41 56 33
NAMENDA 54 54 58 94
LIDODERM 54 30 58 148
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53 19 R 60 35
NIFEDIAC CC 52 23 61 224
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 50 31 62 301
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. 22, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.