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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,091Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 116

$417K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 116

242 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
44% Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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 Connecticut
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 242 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$82 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $113 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 Connecticut
LISINOPRIL 273 148 46 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 240 114 45 2 6
METFORMIN HCL 201 72 39 3 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 195 67 35 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 167 60 27 5 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 157 83 26 6 4
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 128 88 21 7 38
SIMVASTATIN 118 70 18 8 5
TRAMADOL HCL 116 62 45 9 17
CRESTOR 111 67 21 10 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 110 74 20 11 25
SPIRIVA 96 58 18 12 35
GABAPENTIN 95 60 19 13 10
ATENOLOL 84 43 13 14 23
NEXIUM 83 44 16 15 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 80 26 12 16 14
JANUVIA 73 24 19 17 78
TRAZODONE HCL 72 44 21 18 48
FENOFIBRATE* 69 28 14 19 76
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 43 14 20 24
LOVAZA 66 15 15 21 58
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 24 18 21 61
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 61 <11 <11 23 9
ZETIA 60 33 12 24 83
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 54 11 12 25 27
FUROSEMIDE 50 34 12 26 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 <11 <11 26 13
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 Jan. 8, 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.