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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,793Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 520

$1.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 520

427 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
54%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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 North Carolina
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 427 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 427 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 8,036 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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 North Carolina
SIMVASTATIN 627 402 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 502 337 S3 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 498 235 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 414 239 4 6
LISINOPRIL 350 190 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 307 197 6 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 301 137 7 11
METFORMIN HCL 276 110 8 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 257 120 9 51
BENAZEPRIL HCL 248 99 10 78
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 245 107 11 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 244 146 12 4
TRAZODONE HCL 238 76 13 27
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 233 98 14 56
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 218 23 R 15 43
RISPERIDONE 214 70 16 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194 81 17 9
CLOZAPINE 194 60 17 129
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 186 74 19 72
CRESTOR 180 64 20 24
FENOFIBRATE 171 78 21 70
FAMOTIDINE 170 65 22 106
WARFARIN SODIUM 169 147 23 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 169 111 23 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 168 49 25 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 162 109 26 18
MELOXICAM 160 78 27 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 154 79 28 22
SERTRALINE HCL 153 102 29 23
LAMOTRIGINE 152 18 30 68
LYRICA 151 59 31 89
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 136 61 32 12
HALOPERIDOL 135 42 33 98
CELEBREX 134 98 34 96
OXYCODONE HCL 134 53 S2 34 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 125 93 36 47
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 124 33 37 85
TRAMADOL HCL 122 35 38 15
CARVEDILOL 122 46 38 25
METFORMIN HCL ER 119 36 40 38
SPIRIVA 118 62 41 48
SEROQUEL 112 32 42 134
LACTULOSE 109 48 43 88
CYMBALTA 108 30 44 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 101 44 45 50
NEXIUM 95 56 46 17
ONGLYZA 90 21 47 159
DIOVAN 89 41 48 60
DIOVAN HCT 88 37 49 61
NIASPAN 87 0 50 83
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 42 51 53
LITHIUM CARBONATE 84 0 51 157
GABAPENTIN 83 36 53 10
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 83 18 53 101
ABILIFY 82 13 55 77
ALLOPURINOL 82 61 55 46
PREDNISONE 81 55 57 33
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 79 54 S2 58 35
LIPITOR 77 0 59 121
PROAIR HFA 76 29 60 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 75 64 61 74
SYNTHROID 73 61 62 39
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 56 R 62 66
CLOPIDOGREL 72 45 64 52
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 70 34 65 108
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 23 65 29
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 55 65 117
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 28 68 112
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 28 69 57
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 32 70 41
OLANZAPINE 67 14 70 84
VYTORIN 67 33 70 217
NAMENDA 65 53 73 73
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 32 74 107
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 37 75 145
SYMBICORT 62 18 75 126
PRISTIQ ER 61 29 77 273
PLAVIX 59 40 78 81
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56 36 79 76
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 56 16 79 141
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 24 R 79 99
LOVAZA 55 22 82 137
SINGULAIR 53 25 83 65
TOPIRAMATE 53 27 83 118
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 53 0 83 71
VENLAFAXINE HCL 52 27 86 213
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 52 26 86 67
PAROXETINE HCL 52 24 86 90
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 51 0 89 92
LEVOXYL 51 51 89 142
PROPRANOLOL HCL 50 37 91 179
MIRTAZAPINE 50 28 91 64
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 Oct. 18, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.