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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,640Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 178

$334K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 178

209 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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 Average for
this specialty
in Iowa
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 209 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 209 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,086 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Iowa
FUROSEMIDE 372 355 1 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 342 342 2 13
OMEPRAZOLE 342 340 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 299 275 4 4
SIMVASTATIN 257 244 5 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 242 208 6 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 237 230 7 8
LISINOPRIL 207 182 8 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 173 172 9 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 166 165 S3 10 9
NAMENDA 165 165 11 57
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 156 150 12 6
SERTRALINE HCL 126 126 13 28
GABAPENTIN 116 109 14 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 116 14 11
FENTANYL 114 114 S2 16 30
TRAZODONE HCL 108 90 17 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 96 80 18 10
RISPERIDONE 91 91 19 74
MIRTAZAPINE 88 80 20 76
DONEPEZIL HCL 83 83 21 35
GLIPIZIDE 81 81 22 118
EXELON 76 76 23 144
TRAMADOL HCL 75 60 24 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 72 72 25 18
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 72 72 25 120
PREDNISONE 68 68 27 32
DIGOXIN 68 68 27 50
METFORMIN HCL 67 39 29 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 65 39 30 14
LANTUS 63 63 31 34
LEVOFLOXACIN 57 56 32 124
NYSTOP 53 53 33 211
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 50 34 21
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths 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.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 Aug. 6, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.