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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,821Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 43

$349K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 43

325 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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 Alaska
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 325 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,979 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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 Alaska
METFORMIN HCL 421 328 1 8
SIMVASTATIN 396 317 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 387 344 3 7
LISINOPRIL 354 272 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 297 225 5 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 295 254 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 264 194 7 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 239 214 8 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 169 125 9 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 161 125 10 20
GABAPENTIN 145 127 11 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 136 135 12 11
NEXIUM 134 94 13 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 133 133 14 25
ACTOS 129 105 15 54
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 124 93 16 56
GLIPIZIDE XL 114 114 17 44
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 109 18 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 111 107 19 15
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 102 67 R 20 66
DIOVAN 96 93 21 49
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 69 22 51
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 94 78 23 21
NAMENDA 94 94 23 28
CELEBREX 93 79 25 37
OLANZAPINE 85 81 26 27
GLIPIZIDE 84 42 27 71
IBUPROFEN 82 40 28 72
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 70 S3 28 6
ALLOPURINOL 80 70 30 29
TRAZODONE HCL 78 66 31 16
NAPROXEN 67 16 32 80
TRAMADOL HCL 63 27 33 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 60 34 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 60 50 35 40
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 59 28 36 47
PAROXETINE HCL 59 53 36 90
LOVASTATIN 58 32 38 39
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 58 42 R 38 91
SPIRIVA 57 30 40 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 57 45 40 26
SERTRALINE HCL 56 53 42 18
VENTOLIN HFA 56 38 42 42
LIPITOR 50 39 44 107
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 9, 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.