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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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9,213Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 39 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

$442K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 168 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

461 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 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

35% of this provider’s 461 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

13% of this provider’s 461 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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

$369K

2014

$431K

2015

$442K

2016

Number of Claims

7,851

2014

9,399

2015

9,213

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 579

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

447

prescriptions.

82

patients, 18% of all patients

1 8
LISINOPRIL 541

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

453

prescriptions.

98

patients, 21% of all patients

2 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 368

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

284

prescriptions.

75

patients, 16% of all patients

3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 359

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

64

patients, 14% of all patients

4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 328

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

64

patients, 14% of all patients

5 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 238

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

6 15
METFORMIN HCL 229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

7 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

8 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

9 42
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 194

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

10 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

11 18
FUROSEMIDE 177

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

12 12
SERTRALINE HCL 174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

13 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

14 17
SIMVASTATIN 162

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

15 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 147

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

16 23
GABAPENTIN 146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

17 4
ALPRAZOLAM 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

18 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

19 21
FENOFIBRATE* 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

20 155
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

O 21 1
ATENOLOL 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

22 45
CRESTOR 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

23 53
LORAZEPAM 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

24 33
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

25 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

26 95
CLOPIDOGREL 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

27 28
RANITIDINE HCL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

28 41
PROAIR HFA 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

28 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 30 51
ALLOPURINOL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

31 54
PREDNISONE 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

49

patients, 11% of all patients

32 20
DIAZEPAM 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

33 62
CLONAZEPAM 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

34 26
MELOXICAM 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

35 22
TRAZODONE HCL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

35 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

37 24
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

37 39
DULOXETINE HCL 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 39 35
LOVASTATIN 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

40 71
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

40 76
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

42 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

43 36
TRAMADOL HCL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

O 44 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 45 65
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.