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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Surgical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,678Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 108

$717K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 108

2,224 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
17% 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 New York
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

1% of this provider’s 2,224 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 2,224 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 28%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,651 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

Prescription Price

$93 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

3 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 4.


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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 New York
TAMSULOSIN HCL 1,488 1,340 1 2
FINASTERIDE 993 933 2 3
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 364 321 3 5
VESICARE 350 308 4 12
AVODART 331 310 5 16
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 300 206 6 18
RAPAFLO 272 243 7 21
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 254 229 8 8
TRIMETHOPRIM 254 226 8 33
CEPHALEXIN 228 184 10 24
ENABLEX 191 145 11 43
TROSPIUM CHLORIDE 188 173 12 45
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 166 132 13 39
AMOXICILLIN 121 106 14 34
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 113 93 15 51
IMIPRAMINE HCL 113 108 R 15 56
CIALIS 109 93 17 57
TOVIAZ 106 94 18 60
NITROFURANTOIN 106 105 18 46
ALFUZOSIN HCL 101 95 20 42
LEVOFLOXACIN 99 84 21 61
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 95 63 22 62
TERAZOSIN HCL 92 90 23 53
BICALUTAMIDE 64 64 24 75
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 58 25 79
DETROL LA 57 43 26 80
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 57 53 26 80
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 57 56 26 80
TESTIM 52 49 29 86
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 Dec. 22, 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.