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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,827Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 79

$358K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 79

587 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77% Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in West Virginia
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 587 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in West Virginia
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 217 165 51 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 199 152 49 2 4
LISINOPRIL 199 132 41 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 189 126 44 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 144 125 40 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 126 114 42 6 6
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 123 100 23 7 37
METFORMIN HCL 120 96 31 8 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 106 101* 20 9 39
SERTRALINE HCL 102 88 26 10 19
CRESTOR 102 64 19 10 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 92 70 25 12 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 85* 22 13 27
GABAPENTIN 85 57 27 14 9
CLOPIDOGREL 84 72 21 15 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 56 21 16 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 79 63 19 17 13
MELOXICAM 68 57 17 18 36
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 67 49 59 19 91
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 44 17 20 12
CARVEDILOL 62 62 15 21 32
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 59 40 50 22 45
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 59 39 12 22 75
CITALOPRAM HBR 55 34 13 24 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 52 34 11 25 33
TRAMADOL HCL 51 33 23 26 14
ATENOLOL 51 <11 <11 26 20
CYMBALTA 51 34 11 26 28
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 51 <11 <11 R 26 72
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 25 12 30 79
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 36 41 30 48
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 June 2, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.