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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,189Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 79

$284K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 79

612 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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 Dakota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,370 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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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 Dakota
FUROSEMIDE 259 221 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 244 223 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 239 217 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 224 196 4 4
LISINOPRIL 206 176 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 201 188 6 6
FENTANYL 161 158 S2 7 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 147 135 8 13
SERTRALINE HCL 115 111 9 19
METFORMIN HCL 108 101 10 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 99 84 11 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 98 97 12 51
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 93 92 13 11
CARVEDILOL 90 84 14 24
ALLOPURINOL 90 78 14 28
TRAZODONE HCL 89 74 16 60
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 89 75 S3 16 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 81 16 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 87 16 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 82 79 20 17
TRAMADOL HCL 78 57 21 16
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 78 68 21 103
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 70 23 42
GABAPENTIN 65 62 24 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 65 65 24 33
ATENOLOL 63 63 26 15
PREDNISONE 63 56 26 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 62 60 28 20
LANTUS 58 40 29 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 57 53 30 9
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 44 31 32
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 8, 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.