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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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4,779Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 452 providers in this state and specialty

$894K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 452 providers in this state and specialty

540 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
48% Patients 65 Years and Older

82% 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 Arizona
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

0% of this provider’s 540 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 26%.

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Opioids

3% of this provider’s 540 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 24%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$187 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $95 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 6.


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

$850K

2014

$1.06M

2015

$894K

2016

Number of Claims

5,971

2014

5,664

2015

4,779

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
GABAPENTIN 565

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

143

patients, 26% of all patients

1 3
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 367

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

73

patients, 14% of all patients

2 84
TOPIRAMATE 351

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

69

patients, 13% of all patients

3 73
DONEPEZIL HCL 245

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

57

patients, 11% of all patients

4 54
LYRICA 243

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

5 43
LEVETIRACETAM 239

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

6 85
NAMENDA XR 223

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

7 121
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 136

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

8 150
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 133

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

9 81
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

10 185
LAMOTRIGINE 119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

10 47
VIMPAT 115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

12 190
ROPINIROLE HCL 115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

12 190
DULOXETINE HCL 112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

14 31
PRIMIDONE 110

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

15 156
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE 104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

16 203
PROPRANOLOL HCL 84

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

17 137
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

18 88
PHENOBARBITAL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

19 225
TRAMADOL HCL 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 15

patients, 3% of all patients

O 20 16
DILANTIN* 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 21 240
CARBAMAZEPINE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 12

patients, 2% of all patients

22 261
TIZANIDINE HCL 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

22 25
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. 12, 2013.
  • 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.