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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,204Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 141

$282K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 141

310 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 310 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 21%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,003 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
LISINOPRIL 239 151 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 181 151 2 11
SIMVASTATIN 177 114 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 168 93 4 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 167 125 5 30
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 163 116 S3 6 1
FUROSEMIDE 162 121 7 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 156 100 8 4
METFORMIN HCL 149 105 9 7
TRAMADOL HCL 130 79 10 20
ATENOLOL 126 72 11 19
AZITHROMYCIN 115 75 12 25
RANITIDINE HCL 112 73 13 22
GABAPENTIN 109 45 14 5
LOVASTATIN 104 72 15 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 86 16 13
NEXIUM 98 57 17 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 96 40 18 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 93 69 19 29
SERTRALINE HCL 93 59 19 42
CARVEDILOL 92 39 21 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 82 50 22 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 79 60 23 51
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 64 24 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 49 25 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 41 26 44
ALLOPURINOL 63 44 26 54
VENTOLIN HFA 62 27 28 94
HYDRALAZINE HCL 62 55 28 158
PROAIR HFA 55 19 30 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 40 31 77
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 52 43 31 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 37 33 55
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.