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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,767Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 141

$355K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 141

279 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

14% of this provider’s 279 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 279 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 21%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 3,057 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 272 150 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 171 86 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 170 88 3 3
NEXIUM 167 79 4 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 146 75 5 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 132 62 6 12
FUROSEMIDE 129 87 7 10
GABAPENTIN 108 51 8 5
OMEPRAZOLE 97 56 9 6
CRESTOR 93 41 10 35
ROPINIROLE HCL 91 69 11 62
CITALOPRAM HBR 81 47 12 23
LYRICA 79 38 13 46
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 75 39 14 11
ENDOCET 74 0 S2 15 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 60 16 13
CYMBALTA 65 19 17 73
PROMETHAZINE HCL 64 13 R 18 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 63 58 19 29
RANITIDINE HCL 59 34 20 22
METFORMIN HCL ER 59 15 20 45
SERTRALINE HCL 58 28 22 42
METFORMIN HCL 58 27 22 7
DIOVAN 56 40 24 103
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 42 25 59
GLIMEPIRIDE 54 51 25 51
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 27 27 125
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 50 0 S2 28 9
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 April 2, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.