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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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4,716Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

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

$377K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 211 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

494 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60% Patients 65 Years and Older

56% 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

0% of this provider’s 298 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

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

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Opioids

88% of this provider’s 494 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

7% 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

$80 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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

$339K

2014

$321K

2015

$377K

2016

Number of Claims

4,397

2014

4,151

2015

4,716

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
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,259

prescriptions, 27% of all prescriptions

565

prescriptions.

178

patients, 36% of all patients

O 1 5
OXYCODONE HCL 903

prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions

395

prescriptions.

129

patients, 26% of all patients

O 2 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 420

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

325

prescriptions.

92

patients, 19% of all patients

O 3 1
FENTANYL 326

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

50

patients, 10% of all patients

O 4 38
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 271

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

O 5 29
TIZANIDINE HCL 220

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

75

patients, 15% of all patients

6 32
GABAPENTIN 203

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

7 4
TRAMADOL HCL 171

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

61

patients, 12% of all patients

O 8 13
OXYCONTIN 96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

O 9 43
HYDROMORPHONE HCL* 89

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

O 10 102
OPANA ER 82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

O 11 69
METHADONE HCL 82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

O 11 57
IBUPROFEN 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

13 104
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

14 72
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 Jan. 15, 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.