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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,296Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 246

$971K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 246

181 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
26%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

10% of this provider’s 181 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 743 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$183 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
ABILIFY 282 53 1 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 254 39 2 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 253 30 3 66
TRAZODONE HCL 217 55 4 22
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 216 24 R 5 39
CYMBALTA 177 59 6 27
BUPROPION XL 161 18 7 46
LITHIUM CARBONATE 157 0 8 113
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 151 28 9 35
SEROQUEL XR 144 0 10 133
CITALOPRAM HBR 141 18 11 16
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 127 14 12 36
RISPERDAL CONSTA 121 0 13 80
CLOZAPINE 119 0 14 92
FAZACLO 100 13 15 155
HALOPERIDOL 97 0 16 94
SERTRALINE HCL 96 24 17 20
RISPERIDONE 85 15 18 37
PRAZOSIN HCL 81 34 19 168
OLANZAPINE 78 15 20 79
BUSPIRONE HCL 78 21 20 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 74 19 22 44
TOPIRAMATE 73 0 23 82
INVEGA 72 38 24 117
MIRTAZAPINE 70 26 25 57
LAMOTRIGINE 69 0 26 28
SAPHRIS 67 0 27 183
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 63 0 28 115
STRATTERA 62 11 29 195
LATUDA 55 0 30 150
INVEGA SUSTENNA 54 0 31 144
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 April 12, 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.