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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,081Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 887

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 887

417 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57%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 North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 417 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 417 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 11,044 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $72 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 593 393 S3 1 1
GABAPENTIN 571 332 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 552 255 3 2
ENDOCET 410 205 S2 4 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 370 296 5 5
SIMVASTATIN 368 208 6 3
NEXIUM 358 234 7 18
CRESTOR 331 164 8 25
CARISOPRODOL 324 165 R 9 53
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 303 159 10 21
LISINOPRIL 290 169 11 4
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 242 135 12 29
FUROSEMIDE 239 180 13 7
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 232 149 14 67
ZETIA 230 167 15 118
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 228 163 16 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 219 128 17 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 209 145 18 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 195 156 19 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 187 117 20 38
TRAZODONE HCL 182 97 21 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 132 22 10
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 177 92 S2 22 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 176 81 24 42
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 176 118 24 9
METFORMIN HCL 176 102 24 8
ADVAIR DISKUS 174 106 27 55
DEXILANT 166 114 28 116
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 160 97 29 16
ACTOS 157 99 30 101
CARVEDILOL 152 125 31 24
JANUVIA 151 94 32 85
SUCRALFATE 144 77 33 182
DONEPEZIL HCL 141 123 34 51
PAROXETINE HCL 131 69 35 91
TORSEMIDE 131 97 35 145
MEGESTROL ACETATE 130 110 R 37 243
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 129 54 R 38 35
RAMIPRIL 124 38 39 121
TOPIRAMATE 118 62 40 74
PROAIR HFA 112 63 41 39
SINGULAIR 110 75 42 90
SERTRALINE HCL 108 63 43 32
CLOPIDOGREL 108 77 43 46
RANITIDINE HCL 104 63 45 59
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 69 45 68
GLIMEPIRIDE 103 56 47 54
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 99 59 48 98
AZITHROMYCIN 98 57 49 34
RISPERIDONE 95 69 50 43
TRAMADOL HCL 95 38 50 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 60 50 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 94 91 53 57
BACLOFEN 91 31 54 104
PROMETHAZINE HCL 90 40 R 55 69
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 90 48 R 55 70
LACTULOSE 86 46 57 201
ATENOLOL 85 75 58 37
CYMBALTA 83 29 59 40
AGGRENOX 83 83 59 278
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 81 36 S2 61 31
CELEBREX 81 75 61 95
COMBIVENT 80 39 63 129
SPIRIVA 80 45 63 45
FLUCONAZOLE 80 41 63 162
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 79 53 66 71
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 78 26 67 171
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 77 44 68 160
LYRICA 76 49 69 49
BUPROPION XL 76 38 69 114
FENTANYL 75 23 S2 71 36
DOXEPIN HCL 75 57 71 124
CEFDINIR 74 44 73 246
SEROQUEL XR 73 23 74 108
AMITIZA 71 48 75 172
PLAVIX 71 51 75 82
NAMENDA 71 71 75 73
MECLIZINE HCL 69 59 78 200
SYMBICORT 66 33 79 107
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 51 80 93
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 64 41 80 86
DEXAMETHASONE 62 39 82 299
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 29 82 130
COLCRYS 62 38 82 157
LIPITOR 61 51 85 152
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 61 40 85 169
SEROQUEL 60 39 87 150
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 59 26 88 164
LANSOPRAZOLE 59 40 88 224
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 34 90 166
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 58 30 R 90 220
CLONIDINE HCL 56 47 92 76
DIGOXIN 54 53 93 151
MIRTAZAPINE 52 40 94 65
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 30 94 197
EXELON 51 51 96 186
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 36 97 178
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 June 6, 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.