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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,686Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 85

$296K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 85

428 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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 Iowa
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 428 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,865 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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 Iowa
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 296 224 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 279 214 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 248 196 3 3
ATENOLOL 243 200 4 13
LISINOPRIL 208 155 5 4
METFORMIN HCL 188 149 6 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 181 150 7 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 161 117 S3 8 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 144 131 9 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 140 110 10 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 114 11 27
SERTRALINE HCL 114 80 12 20
FUROSEMIDE 114 93 12 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 105 87 14 24
DIOVAN 102 102 15 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 100 67 16 14
TRAMADOL HCL 99 65 17 17
GLYBURIDE 91 86 R 18 62
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 85 19 21
PROAIR HFA 87 71 20 44
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 86 85 21 5
RANITIDINE HCL 83 41 22 23
TRAZODONE HCL 82 44 23 54
GABAPENTIN 76 54 24 19
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 67 66 25 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 48 26 36
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 58 27 95
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 45 28 26
MELOXICAM 54 39 29 51
CEPHALEXIN 54 43 29 72
AZITHROMYCIN 51 35 31 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 50 41 32 9
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 Aug. 13, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.