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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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10,882Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

$539K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 123 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

656 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80% Patients 65 Years and Older

43% 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

22% of this provider’s 656 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

18% of this provider’s 656 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

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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

$552K

2014

$566K

2015

$539K

2016

Number of Claims

11,357

2014

12,336

2015

10,882

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 713

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

584

prescriptions.

120

patients, 18% of all patients

1 8
SIMVASTATIN 433

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

367

prescriptions.

88

patients, 13% of all patients

2 11
OMEPRAZOLE 420

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

331

prescriptions.

89

patients, 14% of all patients

3 2
GABAPENTIN 312

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

57

patients, 9% of all patients

4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 301

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

5 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 287

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

6 16
MELOXICAM 271

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

7 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 263

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

8 18
LISINOPRIL 262

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

9 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 261

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

10 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

11 24
METFORMIN HCL 219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

12 10
TRAZODONE HCL 214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

13 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

63

patients, 10% of all patients

O 14 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

15 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

16 23
LORAZEPAM 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

62

patients, 9% of all patients

17 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

18 30
FUROSEMIDE 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

19 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

19 37
TRAMADOL HCL 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

O 21 13
SERTRALINE HCL 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

22 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

23 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

24 19
BACLOFEN 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

25 59
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

26 74
BENAZEPRIL HCL 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

27 115
CLOPIDOGREL 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

28 28
ATENOLOL 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

28 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

30 17
FLUOXETINE HCL 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

30 51
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

32 39
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

33 58
ALPRAZOLAM 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

34 14
GLIPIZIDE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

35 86
TIZANIDINE HCL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

36 32
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

37 172
PAROXETINE HCL 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 38 106
DULOXETINE HCL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

39 35
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

57

patients, 9% of all patients

A 40 80
SYNTHROID 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

41 99
MECLIZINE HCL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

41 206
ROPINIROLE HCL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 41 111
RALOXIFENE HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

44 292
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

45 140
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

A 46 92
WARFARIN SODIUM 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

47 42
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 48 72
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

49 134
GLIPIZIDE ER 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 49 110
ALLOPURINOL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

51 54
VENTOLIN HFA 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

51 56
PROAIR HFA 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

51 50
CARVEDILOL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 51 27
RAMIPRIL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 55 168
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 April 20, 2017.
  • 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.