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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,306Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 126 out of 596

$3.63M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 596

172 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
16% Patients 65 Years and Older

83% 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 North Carolina
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

10% of this provider’s 172 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

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

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Brand Name Drugs

67% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$842 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $128 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$2.41M

2012

$2.66M

2013

$3.23M

2014

$3.63M

2015

Number of Claims

3,886

2012

4,194

2013

4,435

2014

4,306

2015

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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O

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.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

499

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

61

patients, 35% of all patients

1 115
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

362

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

43

patients, 25% of all patients

2 129
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

328

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

42

patients, 24% of all patients

3 139
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

314

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

33

patients, 19% of all patients

4 153
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

314

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

37

patients, 22% of all patients

4 156
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

224

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

32

patients, 19% of all patients

6 148
VIREAD 136

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 9% of all patients

7 242
LAMIVUDINE 124

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

13

patients, 8% of all patients

8 249
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 10% of all patients

8 1
INTELENCE 112

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

10 262
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

Treats herpes labialis (cold sores). Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

12

patients, 7% of all patients

11 236
EPZICOM 99

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 12 234
REYATAZ 89

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

13 238
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

Treating infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 8% of all patients

A 14 134
TIVICAY 76

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 15 191
NEVIRAPINE 71

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 16 297
STRIBILD 69

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 17 219
SUSTIVA 68

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 18 303
LEXIVA 67

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 19 308
KALETRA 66

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 20 310
ZIDOVUDINE 66

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 10 20 310
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 22 14
ABACAVIR 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 23 325
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 R 24 69
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 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 April 8, 2015.
  • 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.