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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nurse Practitioner

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,407Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 481

$165K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 124 out of 481

95 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% * Patients 65 Years and Older

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
100% 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 Massachusetts
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients.

15 of this provider’s 95 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients.

16 of this provider’s 95 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$22 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $138 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

78 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$0

2012

$262K

2013

$148K

2014

$165K

2015

Number of Claims

5,765

2012

4,530

2013

5,794

2014

7,407

2015

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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O

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.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

543

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

543

prescriptions.

22

patients, 23% of all patients

1 2
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

381

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

381

prescriptions.

17

patients, 18% of all patients

2 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

347

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

342

prescriptions.

16

patients, 17% of all patients

3 5
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

323

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

323

prescriptions.

12

patients, 13% of all patients

4 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

273

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

<11 5 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

272

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

<11 6 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

268

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

268

prescriptions.

<11 7 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

222

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

11

patients, 12% of all patients

8 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

217

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

<11 9 3
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

201

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

<11 10 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

197

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

15

patients, 16% of all patients

11 56
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

<11 12 4
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

<11 13 7
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

<11 14 54
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

<11 15 60
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

<11 16 10
FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

<11 17 73
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

<11 18 32
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

<11 18 31
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

<11 20 43
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

Digox (digoxin) is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

<11 R 21 145
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

<11 22 11
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

<11 22 28
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

<11 24 76
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

<11 25 170
BUPROPION HCL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

<11 26 166
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

<11 26 115
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

<11 28 84
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

<11 28 44
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

<11 30 23
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE

Treats and prevents angina ... +

Treats and prevents angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

<11 31 230
PERPHENAZINE

Treats the symptoms of cert... +

Treats the symptoms of certain mental disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

<11 P 31 193
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

<11 33 64
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

<11 34 6
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

11

patients, 12% of all patients

35 42
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 36 24
SURE COMFORT* 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 37 273
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED

Phenytoin is used to contro... +

Phenytoin is used to control certain type of seizures, and to treat and prevent seizures that may begin during or after surgery to the brain or nervous system. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 38 208
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 39 51
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 39 19
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 39 288
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 42 169
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 43 71
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 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. 15, 2009.
  • 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.