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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,340Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 85

$337K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 85

413 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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 Montana
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 413 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 413 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,251 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

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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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 Montana
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 314 243 S3 1 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 296 253 2 13
SIMVASTATIN 235 205 3 3
FENTANYL 211 198 S2 4 23
FUROSEMIDE 194 190 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 189 150 6 1
LISINOPRIL 151 137 7 4
OMEPRAZOLE 148 129 8 5
GABAPENTIN 143 108 9 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 121 100 10 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 120 119 11 11
TRAMADOL HCL 115 75 12 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 112 112 13 6
MIRTAZAPINE 103 101 14 58
CYMBALTA 98 79 15 25
METFORMIN HCL 96 90 16 8
PAROXETINE HCL 87 59 17 52
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 74 53 18 85
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 64 52 19 16
TRAZODONE HCL 62 39 20 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 61 60 21 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 59 53 22 19
SERTRALINE HCL 54 41 23 21
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 32 24 106
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 44 24 106
GLYBURIDE 52 48 R 26 62
AZITHROMYCIN 52 42 26 32
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 40 26 42
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.