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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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8,150Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

$860K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 47 out of 1578 providers in this state and specialty

1,044 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
43% Patients 65 Years and Older

66% 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 445 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

91% of this provider’s 1,044 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$106 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 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

$699K

2014

$823K

2015

$860K

2016

Number of Claims

7,011

2014

7,716

2015

8,150

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
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,591

prescriptions, 20% of all prescriptions

616

prescriptions.

399

patients, 38% of all patients

O 1 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 962

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

495

prescriptions.

248

patients, 24% of all patients

O 2 1
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 767

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

180

patients, 17% of all patients

O 3 29
GABAPENTIN 587

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

255

prescriptions.

151

patients, 14% of all patients

4 4
OXYCODONE HCL 432

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

95

patients, 9% of all patients

O 5 9
TIZANIDINE HCL 411

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

114

patients, 11% of all patients

6 32
FENTANYL 373

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

105

patients, 10% of all patients

O 7 38
LYRICA 266

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

64

patients, 6% of all patients

8 40
TRAMADOL HCL 258

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

75

patients, 7% of all patients

O 9 13
OXYCONTIN 237

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

69

patients, 7% of all patients

O 10 43
METHADONE HCL 171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

O 11 57
OPANA ER 155

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

O 12 69
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

46

patients, 4% of all patients

13 52
MORPHINE SULFATE 131

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

O 14 105
MELOXICAM 123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

15 22
BACLOFEN 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

16 59
HYDROMORPHONE HCL* 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

O 17 102
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

18 72
BUTRANS 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

O 19 180
NUCYNTA 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

O 20 235
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

21 68
AMITIZA 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

22 158
EMBEDA 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

O 23 372
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 24 36
TOPIRAMATE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 15

patients, 1% of all patients

25 64
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 Oct. 30, 2015.
  • 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.