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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,609Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 490

$729K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 490

382 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
28%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 Michigan
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

66% of this provider’s 382 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 3,877 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 20%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 Michigan
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 916 228 S3 1 1
PROAIR HFA 527 143 2 13
LISINOPRIL 448 198 3 2
BACLOFEN 399 46 4 72
LIDODERM 315 80 5 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 315 95 5 43
NAPROXEN 293 66 7 44
OMEPRAZOLE 293 100 7 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 281 91 9 7
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 280 67 10 84
SIMVASTATIN 274 107 11 3
SPIRIVA 272 97 12 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 208 50 13 33
GABAPENTIN 204 59 14 11
AMMONIUM LACTATE 195 60 15 82
LIDOCAINE 189 65 16 111
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 56 17 9
METFORMIN HCL 158 71 18 6
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 146 39 19 73
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 144 28 R 20 29
VOLTAREN 141 38 21 102
TRAMADOL HCL 140 64 22 12
VENTOLIN HFA 139 33 23 53
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 133 12 24 37
CLOPIDOGREL 130 46 25 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 127 47 26 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 124 88 27 19
MELOXICAM 117 35 28 48
PROMETHAZINE HCL 116 15 R 29 109
FUROSEMIDE 116 53 29 8
NEXIUM 104 41 31 57
RANITIDINE HCL 102 21 32 15
NIFEDIPINE ER 98 42 33 122
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 97 42 34 18
CLONIDINE HCL 96 24 35 88
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 91 49 S3 36 93
CARVEDILOL 90 36 37 21
LIDOCAINE-PRILOCAINE 90 11 37 143
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 88 41 39 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 83 17 40 107
PLAVIX 80 27 41 64
ATENOLOL 80 21 41 14
PAROXETINE HCL 80 21 41 49
LACTULOSE 78 38 44 169
CRESTOR 78 13 44 99
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 78 24 44 51
HYDRALAZINE HCL 77 29 47 97
HYDROXYZINE HCL 74 11 R 48 173
TIZANIDINE HCL 73 26 49 69
MEGESTROL ACETATE 73 28 R 49 174
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 70 33 51 5
LANTUS 59 31 52 85
TRAZODONE HCL 58 30 53 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 17 54 74
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 37 55 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 54 13 56 23
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 52 15 57 206
SEROQUEL 51 15 58 114
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 0 R 58 81
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 11, 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.