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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,094Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 887

$561K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 887

429 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

12% of this provider’s 429 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 429 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,102 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $72 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
SIMVASTATIN 512 399 1 3
LISINOPRIL 498 383 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 398 316 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 355 298 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 296 239 5 9
FUROSEMIDE 216 174 6 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 201 154 7 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 198 181 8 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 191 143 9 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 168 116 10 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 164 144 11 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 164 145 11 19
METFORMIN HCL 160 118 13 8
GABAPENTIN 149 108 14 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 146 100 15 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 135 107 16 42
TRAMADOL HCL 123 52 17 15
CRESTOR 122 66 18 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 118 86 19 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 113 64 20 14
PREDNISONE 109 65 21 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 96 22 68
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 103 99 22 57
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 102 54 S2 24 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 100 69 S3 25 1
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 92 70 26 67
MELOXICAM 90 67 27 28
CARVEDILOL 88 51 28 24
MIRTAZAPINE 86 60 29 65
NEXIUM 85 44 30 18
SPIRIVA 84 51 31 45
CLOPIDOGREL 82 64 32 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81 41 33 47
WARFARIN SODIUM 79 69 34 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 79 79 34 51
PAROXETINE HCL 79 55 34 91
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 79 44 R 34 70
GLIMEPIRIDE 76 49 38 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 58 39 55
LEVOXYL 74 70 39 158
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 64 41 29
ALLOPURINOL 72 50 42 66
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 45 43 60
PROAIR HFA 70 36 44 39
KLOR-CON M20 69 66 45 127
SERTRALINE HCL 68 45 46 32
ATENOLOL 65 56 47 37
SYNTHROID 65 49 47 52
METFORMIN HCL ER 64 27 49 50
TIZANIDINE HCL 62 37 50 48
SINGULAIR 59 37 51 90
NIASPAN 58 40 52 137
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 28 53 176
PREMARIN 54 11 R 53 254
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 53 47 55 98
TRAZODONE HCL 52 40 56 27
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 16 R 56 35
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 52 52 56 334
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 31 59 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. 20, 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.