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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,688Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 79

$183K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 79

310 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55% Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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 avg 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in West Virginia
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 310 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in West Virginia
LISINOPRIL 286 151 49 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 222 135 33 2 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 208 135 39 3 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 186 124 22 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 165 124 29 5 5
GABAPENTIN 128 67 30 6 9
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 111 83 17 7 62
OMEPRAZOLE 106 71 21 8 4
FUROSEMIDE 100 66 22 9 6
TRAMADOL HCL 98 48 35 10 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 71 16 11 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 88 83* 16 12 8
METFORMIN HCL ER 84 49 15 13 38
METFORMIN HCL 81 43 15 14 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 81 67 13 14 13
PROAIR HFA 80 34 25 16 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 78 37 27 S3 17 42
GLIPIZIDE XL 72 52 12 18 86
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 50 12 19 34
RANITIDINE HCL 63 41 11 20 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 <11 <11 21 31
ATENOLOL 60 <11 <11 22 20
CLOPIDOGREL 56 28 14 23 11
LORAZEPAM 53 35 16 B 24 47
NAPROXEN 53 37 18 24 98
AZITHROMYCIN 50 31 42 26 50
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. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost 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 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • 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 25, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.