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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,129Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 209 providers in this state and specialty

$768K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 209 providers in this state and specialty

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

63% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in West Virginia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

32% of this provider’s 430 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 33%.

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Opioids

9% of this provider’s 430 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 6%.

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Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $73 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$761K

2014

$853K

2015

$768K

2016

Number of Claims

11,448

2014

11,190

2015

11,129

2016

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

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 Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 457

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

324

prescriptions.

83

patients, 19% of all patients

1 2
LISINOPRIL 444

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

343

prescriptions.

102

patients, 24% of all patients

2 1
FUROSEMIDE 380

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

288

prescriptions.

85

patients, 20% of all patients

3 8
OMEPRAZOLE 370

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

230

prescriptions.

70

patients, 16% of all patients

4 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 364

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

79

patients, 18% of all patients

5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 279

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

57

patients, 13% of all patients

6 6
RANITIDINE HCL 269

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

57

patients, 13% of all patients

7 13
METFORMIN HCL 254

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

55

patients, 13% of all patients

8 7
GABAPENTIN 251

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

66

patients, 15% of all patients

9 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 226

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

55

patients, 13% of all patients

10 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

47

patients, 11% of all patients

11 12
SIMVASTATIN 186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

12 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

46

patients, 11% of all patients

13 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 180

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

14 20
SERTRALINE HCL 174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

42

patients, 10% of all patients

15 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

46

patients, 11% of all patients

16 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

17 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

18 112
PROAIR HFA 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

46

patients, 11% of all patients

19 36
FLUCONAZOLE 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

81

patients, 19% of all patients

20 118
WARFARIN SODIUM 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

21 39
DULOXETINE HCL 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

21 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

23 11
CLONIDINE HCL 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

24 84
CLOPIDOGREL 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

25 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

26 17
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

27 19
TIZANIDINE HCL 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

28 68
ADVAIR DISKUS 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

29 94
VENTOLIN HFA 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

43

patients, 10% of all patients

29 64
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

31 30
MIRTAZAPINE 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

32 45
CITALOPRAM HBR 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

33 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 16

patients, 4% of all patients

34 73
NEXIUM 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

35 79
MELOXICAM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

36 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

36 32
SPIRIVA 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

38 97
TRAZODONE HCL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

39 15
BUSPIRONE HCL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

40 31
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

41 67
PROPRANOLOL HCL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

42 129
ATENOLOL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

43 24
IBUPROFEN 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

44 47
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

45 69
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

45 44
TRAMADOL HCL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

O 45 33
MEMANTINE HCL 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

48 190
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

48 88
PAROXETINE HCL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

50 57
CARVEDILOL 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

51 40
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

52 98
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

52 34
NYSTATIN 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

54 208
FENOFIBRATE* 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 55 143
PREDNISONE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

56 42
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

57 212
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

58 78
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. The data for 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than 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 there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 March 18, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.