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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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10,194Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

$644K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 89 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

696 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83% Patients 65 Years and Older

44% 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

8% of this provider’s 696 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

3% of this provider’s 696 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

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

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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

$456K

2014

$547K

2015

$644K

2016

Number of Claims

7,232

2014

9,139

2015

10,194

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
CARVEDILOL 578

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

473

prescriptions.

107

patients, 15% of all patients

1 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 511

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

401

prescriptions.

98

patients, 14% of all patients

2 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 488

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

409

prescriptions.

82

patients, 12% of all patients

3 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 472

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

418

prescriptions.

72

patients, 10% of all patients

4 3
LISINOPRIL 382

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

311

prescriptions.

75

patients, 11% of all patients

5 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 359

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

298

prescriptions.

70

patients, 10% of all patients

6 7
FUROSEMIDE 295

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

64

patients, 9% of all patients

7 12
CLOPIDOGREL 269

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

8 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

9 21
ELIQUIS 221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

10 90
AMIODARONE HCL 209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

11 142
SPIRONOLACTONE 206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

12 100
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

13 55
CRESTOR 196

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

14 53
SIMVASTATIN 186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

15 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

16 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

17 157
XARELTO 171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

18 124
BYSTOLIC 163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

19 219
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

20 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

20 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

22 42
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

23 172
ATENOLOL 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

24 45
METFORMIN HCL 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

25 10
OMEPRAZOLE 133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

26 2
VALSARTAN 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

27 122
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

28 283
DIGOX 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

29 252
AMLODIPINE-VALSARTAN 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

29 319
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

31 47
RANEXA 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

31 174
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

33 58
RAMIPRIL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

34 168
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

35 16
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

36 260
SOTALOL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

37 166
CLONIDINE HCL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

38 94
MINOXIDIL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

39 352
BENAZEPRIL HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

40 115
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 41 134
TAMSULOSIN HCL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 42 34
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 43 223
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 43 39
ZETIA 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 45 138
VYTORIN 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 46 392
DIGOXIN 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

47 294
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 Oct. 31, 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.
  • 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.