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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,879Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 43 out of 1058

$452K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 1058

435 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
44% Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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 avg 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in North Carolina
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 435 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 435 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in North Carolina
OMEPRAZOLE 324 146 65 1 2
ALPRAZOLAM 293 90 67 B 2 13
TRAMADOL HCL 291 151 73 3 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 253 95 64 4 20
LISINOPRIL 223 130 46 5 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 208 99 85 S3 6 1
FUROSEMIDE 188 115 50 7 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 182 101 43 8 6
DIAZEPAM 155 65 41 B 9 69
CLONAZEPAM 141 51 31 B 10 21
GABAPENTIN 141 35 35 10 7
METFORMIN HCL 134 53 37 12 10
TIZANIDINE HCL 112 18 32 13 47
CLOPIDOGREL 107 81 21 14 22
PROAIR HFA 106 50 34 15 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 105 79 21 16 4
NEXIUM 102 25 24 17 23
SERTRALINE HCL 92 32 16 18 37
GLIMEPIRIDE 90 60 20 19 64
TOPIRAMATE 87 20 28 20 76
PROMETHAZINE HCL 86 24 22 R 21 86
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 14 21 22 54
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 13 15 23 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 77 27 21 24 18
SPIRIVA 76 46 11 25 49
TRAZODONE HCL 71 24 26 26 34
FENOFIBRATE* 67 28 13 27 90
CLONIDINE HCL 64 21 20 28 85
LORAZEPAM 61 56* 17 B 29 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 58 31 17 30 19
CARVEDILOL 57 38 13 31 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 55 26 12 32 33
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 <11 13 33 104
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 <11 <11 33 55
SYMBICORT 52 39 11 35 99
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 51 20 19 36 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 <11 <11 36 16
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT 51 22 12 36 372
FAMOTIDINE* 51 17 11 36 162
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 51 16 28 S3 36 271
KLOR-CON M20 50 35 11 41 129
RANITIDINE HCL 50 17 15 41 59
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. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost 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 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • 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.