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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,820Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 625

$790K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 625

536 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
38%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 536 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 536 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,628 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $94 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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 California
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 931 390 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 726 242 2 5
LISINOPRIL 612 265 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 421 147 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 400 153 5 7
METFORMIN HCL 394 126 6 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 367 122 7 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 362 139 8 19
ATENOLOL 304 130 9 13
IBUPROFEN 250 78 10 24
TERAZOSIN HCL 227 101 11 160
GABAPENTIN 225 54 12 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 222 145 13 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 204 108 14 18
TRAMADOL HCL 198 45 15 23
GEMFIBROZIL 185 26 16 136
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 185 108 16 8
FUROSEMIDE 161 90 18 10
LOVASTATIN 157 63 19 21
ACTOS 156 85 20 117
PROAIR HFA 153 62 21 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 146 51 22 30
NEXIUM 144 35 23 75
TRAZODONE HCL 139 44 24 31
PAROXETINE HCL 126 48 25 113
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 125 54 26 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 120 54 27 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 117 71 28 50
WARFARIN SODIUM 117 66 28 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 117 61 28 6
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 116 39 31 118
ADVAIR DISKUS 116 35 31 40
BACLOFEN 115 33 33 61
FLUOXETINE HCL 112 36 34 67
MELOXICAM 110 50 35 65
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 109 82 36 38
RISPERIDONE 102 20 37 41
CLONIDINE HCL 102 19 37 80
CRESTOR 96 40 39 43
VENTOLIN HFA 96 58 39 163
DEXILANT 94 56 41 140
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 91 25 42 186
SPIRIVA 90 39 43 54
TRICOR 90 23 43 146
CYMBALTA 88 20 45 82
SERTRALINE HCL 87 18 46 35
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 84 22 47 76
JANUVIA 84 11 47 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 55 49 72
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 79 13 50 62
GLYBURIDE 76 35 R 51 121
NAPROXEN 75 32 52 108
XOPENEX HFA 75 31 52 276
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 72 16 54 64
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 71 39 R 55 242
BUPROPION XL 69 0 56 112
LIPITOR 68 34 57 213
LAMOTRIGINE 67 11 58 55
DIOVAN 67 38 58 46
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 27 60 120
METHADONE HCL 57 14 S2 60 78
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 0 60 57
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 57 0 R 60 309
FENTANYL 57 16 S2 60 83
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 38 60 149
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 57 32 S3 60 99
RANITIDINE HCL 56 33 67 71
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 56 19 67 134
LEVETIRACETAM 55 0 69 92
FAMOTIDINE 54 0 70 81
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 36 71 207
SINGULAIR 53 0 71 158
BUSPIRONE HCL 53 28 71 152
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 0 R 74 111
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 52 39 74 138
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 27 R 76 115
KLOR-CON 8 51 17 76 156
CLOPIDOGREL 50 49 78 58
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. 10, 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.