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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,179Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 69 out of 887

$348K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 81 out of 887

244 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 244 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 3,697 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $72 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
METFORMIN HCL 203 140 1 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 170 144 2 26
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 143 116 3 9
OMEPRAZOLE 142 88 4 2
LISINOPRIL 136 92 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 124 72 6 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 95 7 19
SIMVASTATIN 119 102 8 3
SINGULAIR 119 68 8 90
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 113 95 10 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 52 11 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 109 96 12 5
NEXIUM 102 46 13 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 99 64 14 72
CARVEDILOL 99 61 14 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 94 88 16 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 67 17 10
GABAPENTIN 74 50 18 6
PLAVIX 73 47 19 82
CRESTOR 63 49 20 25
RANITIDINE HCL 63 40 20 59
ACTOS 60 55 22 101
NIASPAN 60 41 22 137
GLIMEPIRIDE 54 41 24 54
ZETIA 54 46 24 118
PROAIR HFA 54 32 24 39
JANUVIA 53 45 27 85
SPIRIVA 52 34 28 45
TRAMADOL HCL 51 39 29 15
DIGOXIN 51 51 29 151
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 March 31, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.