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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,650Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 371

$791K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 371

364 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
18%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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 Pennsylvania
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 364 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

7% of this provider’s 1,030 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$119 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $76 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 Pennsylvania
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 365 33 1 59
TRAZODONE HCL 349 12 2 28
SERTRALINE HCL 342 49 3 19
BUPROPION HCL SR 331 60 4 76
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 296 14 5 31
FLUOXETINE HCL 258 24 6 65
ABILIFY 238 23 7 62
CYMBALTA 233 22 8 46
RISPERIDONE 229 63 9 37
LAMOTRIGINE 225 38 10 58
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 225 57 10 54
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 214 50 R 12 63
BUSPIRONE HCL 190 14 13 82
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 163 0 14 102
LITHIUM CARBONATE 157 13 15 82
CITALOPRAM HBR 153 30 16 15
GABAPENTIN 146 0 17 17
MIRTAZAPINE 126 65 18 60
DOXEPIN HCL 113 11 19 135
SEROQUEL XR 111 15 20 98
PAROXETINE HCL 109 54 21 71
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 98 18 22 86
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 98 21 R 22 127
SEROQUEL 97 25 24 117
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 86 20 25 91
OLANZAPINE 79 29 26 106
GEODON 73 0 27 179
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 69 0 S2 28 223
BUPROPION XL 69 0 28 145
PROPRANOLOL HCL 63 0 30 234
LATUDA 60 0 31 238
DONEPEZIL HCL 60 47 31 48
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 58 0 33 241
PERPHENAZINE 51 15 34 191
GLYCOPYRROLATE 50 0 35 270
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 18, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.