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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,507Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 141

$375K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 141

254 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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 Tennessee
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 254 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

38% of this provider’s 254 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 21%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,052 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 Tennessee
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 567 329 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 167 108 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 153 89 3 10
LISINOPRIL 152 107 4 2
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 72 5 28
METFORMIN HCL 139 109 5 7
OMEPRAZOLE 129 70 7 6
SIMVASTATIN 126 96 8 3
AZITHROMYCIN 125 87 9 25
RANITIDINE HCL 115 87 10 22
ENDOCET 104 63 S2 11 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 103 79 12 29
OXYCODONE HCL 100 32 S2 13 8
CEFDINIR 99 59 14 90
PROMETHAZINE HCL 86 22 R 15 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 79 41 16 27
NEXIUM 77 67 17 21
TRAMADOL HCL 75 34 18 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69 46 19 55
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 68 40 20 57
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 15 S2 21 15
SPIRIVA 66 28 22 50
PREDNISONE 65 31 23 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 63 62 24 11
CARVEDILOL 62 38 25 36
CARISOPRODOL 57 14 R 26 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 57 41 26 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 27 28 69
CYMBALTA 54 25 28 73
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 17 28 44
CRESTOR 51 41 31 35
PROAIR HFA 51 36 31 32
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 July 8, 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.