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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Registered Nurse

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,504Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 12

$401K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 12

193 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
12%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 193 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 416 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$114 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $82 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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 Massachusetts
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 215 23 1 5
TRAZODONE HCL 194 30 2 1
LAMOTRIGINE 187 12 3 3
ABILIFY 151 13 4 11
SERTRALINE HCL 141 14 5 6
CYMBALTA 139 25 6 15
FLUOXETINE HCL 137 0 7 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 137 16 7 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 135 14 9 8
RISPERIDONE 129 29 10 3
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 122 11 R 11 16
BUPROPION HCL SR 113 26 12 9
TOPIRAMATE 103 0 13 14
LITHIUM CARBONATE 88 0 14 22
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 85 0 R 15 13
SEROQUEL 85 11 15 23
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 77 0 17 24
CLONIDINE HCL 76 0 18 25
BUSPIRONE HCL 72 23 19 27
OLANZAPINE 72 0 19 27
PAROXETINE HCL 71 24 21 18
OXCARBAZEPINE 69 0 22 29
GABAPENTIN 64 17 23 35
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 53 11 24 21
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 51 0 S2 25 41
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 Jan. 30, 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.