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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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5,117Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 58 providers in this state and specialty

$441K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 58 providers in this state and specialty

459 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75% Patients 65 Years and Older

38% 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 Alabama
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

14% of this provider’s 459 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

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

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 12%.

Prescription Price

$86 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $70 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


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

$312K

2014

$515K

2015

$441K

2016

Number of Claims

3,856

2014

5,709

2015

5,117

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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 289

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

96

patients, 21% of all patients

1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 206

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

69

patients, 15% of all patients

2 1
LISINOPRIL 194

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

62

patients, 14% of all patients

3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 184

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

65

patients, 14% of all patients

4 5
METFORMIN HCL 171

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

47

patients, 10% of all patients

5 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 169

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

55

patients, 12% of all patients

6 2
SIMVASTATIN 163

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

53

patients, 12% of all patients

7 13
CARVEDILOL 132

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

8 12
FUROSEMIDE 120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

9 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

10 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 100

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

11 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

12 24
GABAPENTIN 94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

13 6
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

14 14
CLOPIDOGREL 79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

15 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

16 42
DULOXETINE HCL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

17 43
ZETIA 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

18 79
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

19 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

20 29
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

21 46
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

22 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

23 19
SERTRALINE HCL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

23 28
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

25 99
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 12, 2009.
  • 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.