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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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6,047Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 112 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

$343K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 248 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

668 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
35% Patients 65 Years and Older

64% 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 233 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

90% of this provider’s 668 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%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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

2014

$66.3K

2015

$343K

2016

Number of Claims

2014

1,239

2015

6,047

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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O

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,056

prescriptions, 17% of all prescriptions

384

prescriptions.

216

patients, 32% of all patients

O 1 1
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,054

prescriptions, 17% of all prescriptions

334

prescriptions.

232

patients, 35% of all patients

O 2 5
GABAPENTIN 739

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

192

patients, 29% of all patients

3 4
TIZANIDINE HCL 581

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

149

patients, 22% of all patients

4 32
OXYCODONE HCL 535

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

103

patients, 15% of all patients

O 5 9
BACLOFEN 224

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

61

patients, 9% of all patients

6 59
FENTANYL 211

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

O 7 38
MELOXICAM 187

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

8 22
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 168

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

52

patients, 8% of all patients

9 52
LYRICA 140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

10 40
METHADONE HCL 140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

O 10 57
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

12 72
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

O 13 29
CARISOPRODOL 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 18

patients, 3% of all patients

14 131
VOLTAREN 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

15 103
DULOXETINE HCL 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

16 35
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 Feb. 18, 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.