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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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11,384Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

$590K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 109 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

528 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68% Patients 65 Years and Older

61% 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

27% of this provider’s 528 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

39% of this provider’s 528 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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

$390K

2014

$559K

2015

$590K

2016

Number of Claims

8,808

2014

12,175

2015

11,384

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
ALPRAZOLAM 727

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

127

patients, 24% of all patients

1 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 610

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

306

prescriptions.

112

patients, 21% of all patients

O 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 329

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

72

patients, 14% of all patients

3 2
SIMVASTATIN 307

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

63

patients, 12% of all patients

4 11
LISINOPRIL 296

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

67

patients, 13% of all patients

5 6
OXYCODONE HCL 285

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

O 6 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 281

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

7 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 274

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

59

patients, 11% of all patients

8 7
GABAPENTIN 249

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

53

patients, 10% of all patients

9 4
CLONAZEPAM 226

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

10 26
FUROSEMIDE 214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

53

patients, 10% of all patients

11 12
METFORMIN HCL 204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

12 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

13 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

14 8
PROAIR HFA 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

15 50
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

O 16 5
ATENOLOL 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

17 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

18 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

19 24
FLUOXETINE HCL 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

20 51
VENTOLIN HFA 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

21 56
GLIPIZIDE ER 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

22 110
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

23 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

24 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

25 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

26 19
TRAZODONE HCL 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

27 25
CLOPIDOGREL 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

28 28
CARVEDILOL 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

29 27
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

29 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

29 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

32 17
NEXIUM 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

33 96
VERAPAMIL ER 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

33 230
DIAZEPAM 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

35 62
LORAZEPAM 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

35 33
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

37 268
ALLOPURINOL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

38 54
TRAMADOL HCL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

O 38 13
GLIPIZIDE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

40 86
WARFARIN SODIUM 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

40 42
TIZANIDINE HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

42 32
SERTRALINE HCL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

43 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 44 58
PROMETHAZINE HCL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 17

patients, 3% of all patients

45 109
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 P 46 48
AMOXICILLIN 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

A 47 114
ROPINIROLE HCL 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

47 111
TAMSULOSIN HCL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 49 34
IBUPROFEN 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

50 104
AZITHROMYCIN 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

A 51 49
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 51 135
QUINAPRIL HCL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

51 243
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 54 55
CLONIDINE HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

55 94
MIRTAZAPINE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 55 63
CRESTOR 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

57 53
RANITIDINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

58 41
PAROXETINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 58 106
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 May 17, 2018.
  • 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.