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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,857Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 1357

$462K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 129 out of 1357

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

38% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in North Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

34% of this provider’s 683 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 554 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

7% of this provider’s 683 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 29%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $94 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$174K

2012

$266K

2013

$372K

2014

$462K

2015

Number of Claims

2,334

2012

4,467

2013

6,886

2014

8,857

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

392

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

81

patients, 12% of all patients

1 8
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

336

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

82

patients, 12% of all patients

2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

288

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

59

patients, 9% of all patients

3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

277

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

71

patients, 10% of all patients

4 7
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

262

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

5 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

207

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

52

patients, 8% of all patients

6 18
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

207

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

6 11
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

8 10
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

177

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

9 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

10 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

155

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

11 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

12 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

50

patients, 7% of all patients

13 16
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

14 37
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

15 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

16 20
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

17 22
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

18 13
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

19 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

20 57
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

21 45
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

22 73
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

23 26
GLIPIZIDE ER

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

24 153
GLIPIZIDE XL

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

25 176
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

26 25
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

26 46
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

28 30
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

74

patients, 11% of all patients

A 29 92
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

30 39
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

31 34
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

32 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

33 55
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

33 59
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

58

patients, 8% of all patients

A 35 49
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

36 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

37 23
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

O 38 14
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

38 110
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

A 40 69
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

40 19
NYSTATIN

Treats fungus infections in... +

Treats fungus infections in the mouth, throat, and intestines. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

40 249
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

R 43 79
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 Oct. 21, 2015.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.