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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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17,350Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

$836K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 52 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

664 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older

53% 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

29% of this provider’s 664 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

19% of this provider’s 664 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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

$641K

2014

$613K

2015

$836K

2016

Number of Claims

12,715

2014

12,176

2015

17,350

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 768

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

607

prescriptions.

136

patients, 20% of all patients

1 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 750

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

587

prescriptions.

140

patients, 21% of all patients

2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 665

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

543

prescriptions.

134

patients, 20% of all patients

3 2
LISINOPRIL 657

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

506

prescriptions.

126

patients, 19% of all patients

4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 516

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

409

prescriptions.

83

patients, 13% of all patients

5 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 486

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

408

prescriptions.

84

patients, 13% of all patients

6 17
METFORMIN HCL 419

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

319

prescriptions.

82

patients, 12% of all patients

7 10
FUROSEMIDE 376

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

81

patients, 12% of all patients

8 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 347

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

9 16
SIMVASTATIN 340

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

58

patients, 9% of all patients

10 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 316

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

11 34
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 303

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

262

prescriptions.

57

patients, 9% of all patients

12 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 302

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

13 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 282

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

14 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 254

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

15 21
GABAPENTIN 253

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

16 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 253

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

16 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 238

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

18 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 233

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

19 37
TRAMADOL HCL 224

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

O 20 13
ALPRAZOLAM 218

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

21 14
SERTRALINE HCL 216

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

22 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 216

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

22 42
JANUVIA 214

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

24 97
ATENOLOL 206

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

25 45
CLOPIDOGREL 205

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

26 28
MELOXICAM 185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

27 22
ALLOPURINOL 184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

28 54
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

O 29 1
CARVEDILOL 176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

29 27
LORAZEPAM 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

31 33
CLONAZEPAM 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

32 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

82

patients, 12% of all patients

33 23
CRESTOR 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

34 53
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

O 35 5
GLIPIZIDE 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

36 86
PREDNISONE 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

70

patients, 11% of all patients

37 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

38 65
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

39 135
DULOXETINE HCL 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

40 35
LOVASTATIN 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

41 71
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

42 39
VENTOLIN HFA 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

43 56
TRAZODONE HCL 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

44 25
PROAIR HFA 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

45 50
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

46 116
SYMBICORT 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

47 67
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

48 68
COLCRYS 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

49 281
NEXIUM 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

50 96
METFORMIN HCL ER 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

50 44
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

52 74
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

53 55
HYDRALAZINE HCL 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

54 98
TIZANIDINE HCL 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

55 32
CLONIDINE HCL 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

56 94
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

56 76
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

58 58
GLIMEPIRIDE 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

59 61
AZITHROMYCIN 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

54

patients, 8% of all patients

A 60 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

61 36
SPIRIVA 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

61 87
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

63 75
DIAZEPAM 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 64 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 65 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

A 65 79
GEMFIBROZIL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

67 282
NIFEDIPINE ER 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 68 221
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 68 202
DUTASTERIDE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 70 249
LANTUS 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 70 200
ROPINIROLE HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 70 111
RAMIPRIL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

73 168
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

74 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 75 157
CELECOXIB 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

75 107
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 Dec. 19, 2016.
  • 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.