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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,123Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 887

$805K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 887

388 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
49%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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

27% of this provider’s 388 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 388 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 6,405 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $72 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
OMEPRAZOLE 559 274 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 552 322 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 486 301 3 7
LISINOPRIL 383 181 4 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 368 215 5 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 366 214 6 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 360 173 S3 7 1
METFORMIN HCL 209 97 8 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 209 118 8 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 207 114 10 16
GABAPENTIN 203 53 11 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 182 99 12 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 180 120 13 9
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 176 56 S2 14 17
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 173 56 S2 15 20
CARVEDILOL 166 114 16 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 160 110 17 19
NEXIUM 159 58 18 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 158 44 19 14
CRESTOR 149 69 20 25
DIOVAN 148 60 21 81
ENDOCET 135 27 S2 22 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 94 23 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 126 53 24 29
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 108 19 S2 25 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 107 94 26 57
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 107 49 26 12
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 103 25 R 28 35
GLIMEPIRIDE 103 35 28 54
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 98 40 30 183
JANUVIA 98 41 30 85
KLOR-CON M20 91 35 32 127
PREDNISONE 90 39 33 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 90 61 33 23
ATENOLOL 85 56 35 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 84 73 36 63
DEXILANT 76 24 37 116
METFORMIN HCL ER 75 29 38 50
PROAIR HFA 75 25 38 39
TRAMADOL HCL 74 33 40 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74 49 40 42
LIPITOR 74 34 40 152
NAPROXEN 74 38 40 99
AZITHROMYCIN 71 35 44 34
SPIRIVA 71 15 44 45
VENTOLIN HFA 70 13 46 89
DIOVAN HCT 70 56 46 94
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 68 35 R 48 70
ALLOPURINOL 66 38 49 66
SERTRALINE HCL 65 28 50 32
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 30 51 68
IBUPROFEN 63 0 51 100
RANITIDINE HCL 63 30 51 59
WARFARIN SODIUM 62 29 54 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 62 43 54 72
CLOPIDOGREL 61 30 56 46
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 57 56 207
SYNTHROID 60 23 58 52
EXFORGE 57 37 59 155
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 57 34 59 166
SINGULAIR 57 15 59 90
ACTOS 57 45 59 101
GLIPIZIDE XL 56 33 63 106
DONEPEZIL HCL 55 43 64 51
PLAVIX 54 31 65 82
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 20 66 115
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 52 26 66 98
COLCRYS 51 23 68 157
FLUCONAZOLE 51 0 68 162
PEN NEEDLE 51 17 68 113
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 22 68 55
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 51 29 68 103
CLONIDINE HCL 50 45 73 76
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.