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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,071Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 240

$581K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 240

427 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
38%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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 Minnesota
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 427 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 427 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 2,695 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 21%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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 Minnesota
OMEPRAZOLE 401 89 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 362 97 2 1
ATENOLOL 303 101 3 14
LISINOPRIL 285 125 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 281 104 5 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 73 6 12
METFORMIN HCL 194 51 7 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 187 103 8 6
PROAIR HFA 175 39 9 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 136 43 10 8
GABAPENTIN 126 59 11 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 125 49 S3 12 9
RANITIDINE HCL 122 19 13 64
FUROSEMIDE 112 56 14 5
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 107 21 15 39
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 107 31 S2 15 21
TRAZODONE HCL 102 20 17 29
RISPERIDONE 100 48 18 40
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 39 18 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 92 35 20 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 92 37 20 17
IBUPROFEN 90 27 22 97
LANTUS 87 33 23 51
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 86 27 24 7
TRAMADOL HCL 78 17 25 23
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 73 0 26 45
VENTOLIN HFA 70 45 27 84
PREDNISONE 69 26 28 25
PEN NEEDLE 69 14 28 72
AZITHROMYCIN 65 26 30 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 42 31 28
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 14 R 32 187
GLYBURIDE 62 41 R 32 187
INSULIN SYRINGE 59 13 34 73
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 25 35 57
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 19 36 70
SPIRIVA 57 19 36 43
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 57 17 36 131
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54 35 39 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 53 36 40 13
HUMALOG 51 17 41 79
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 19, 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.