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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Registered Nurse, Psychiatric/Mental Health

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,476Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 36

$427K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 36

236 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
14%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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 236 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

7% of this provider’s 573 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$95 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $98 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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 Massachusetts
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 265 44 1 9
TRAZODONE HCL 234 47 2 1
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 220 22 3 5
RISPERIDONE 214 37 4 2
CYMBALTA 198 32 5 22
SERTRALINE HCL 189 42 6 6
TOPIRAMATE 180 12 7 20
CLONIDINE HCL 166 0 8 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 157 31 9 4
LAMOTRIGINE 133 13 10 7
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 130 0 11 19
PAROXETINE HCL 116 15 12 18
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 116 15 12 11
GABAPENTIN 112 30 14 12
FLUOXETINE HCL 107 0 15 3
SEROQUEL 107 14 15 23
ABILIFY 106 0 17 8
BUPROPION HCL SR 101 37 18 10
LITHIUM CARBONATE 101 14 18 13
PERPHENAZINE 85 0 20 27
DOXEPIN HCL 84 20 21 40
PROPRANOLOL HCL 78 0 22 28
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 0 R 23 42
RISPERDAL CONSTA 60 0 24 34
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 58 0 25 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 17 26 32
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 55 0 R 27 45
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE 55 0 27 33
DIPHENHYDRAMINE HCL 55 23 R 27 45
HALOPERIDOL 50 0 30 29
MIRTAZAPINE 50 0 30 16
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 Sept. 24, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.