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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,634Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 520

$943K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 520

452 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

14% of this provider’s 452 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 452 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,340 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 566 214 1 2
LISINOPRIL 427 233 2 3
TRAZODONE HCL 415 162 3 27
OMEPRAZOLE 404 170 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 372 190 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 314 163 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 312 142 7 4
RISPERIDONE 306 133 8 45
METFORMIN HCL 281 73 9 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 258 132 10 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 254 151 11 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 247 78 12 56
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 231 18 13 71
CITALOPRAM HBR 230 147 14 22
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 225 25 R 15 43
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 215 149 S3 16 5
OLANZAPINE 207 77 17 84
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 206 123 18 13
GABAPENTIN 192 62 19 10
MIRTAZAPINE 186 127 20 64
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 186 94 20 12
TRAMADOL HCL 180 81 22 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 174 120 23 47
HALOPERIDOL 160 44 24 98
SPIRIVA 134 45 25 48
NOVOLOG 134 36 25 160
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 126 79 27 18
SERTRALINE HCL 122 91 28 23
CYMBALTA 117 55 29 36
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 117 34 S2 29 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 115 94 31 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 111 38 32 11
CLOZAPINE 109 0 33 129
NAMENDA 108 93 34 73
LEVETIRACETAM 107 18 35 104
RANITIDINE HCL 107 65 35 49
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 106 48 37 29
JANTOVEN 105 43 38 105
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 101 45 39 101
LOPERAMIDE 99 39 40 234
SEROQUEL 94 40 41 134
GEMFIBROZIL 92 30 42 127
IBUPROFEN 92 35 42 91
ADVAIR DISKUS 90 43 44 50
NIASPAN 88 23 45 83
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 15 46 131
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 85 58 47 72
LEVEMIR 84 0 48 243
LAMOTRIGINE 84 48 48 68
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 83 28 50 85
LANTUS 82 37 51 75
LITHIUM CARBONATE 80 0 52 157
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 77 16 53 252
ABILIFY 75 27 54 77
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74 35 55 53
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 73 47 56 41
OXYCODONE HCL 70 26 S2 57 21
FAMOTIDINE 66 11 58 106
CARVEDILOL 65 25 59 25
ATENOLOL 63 20 60 28
LYRICA 63 0 60 89
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 62 11 62 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61 13 63 67
METFORMIN HCL ER 61 26 63 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 55 63 42
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 20 R 63 37
PROPRANOLOL HCL 59 15 67 179
KETOCONAZOLE 59 50 67 189
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 59 25 67 138
MELOXICAM 59 25 67 26
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 58 25 71 165
PAROXETINE HCL 58 16 71 90
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 57 18 73 224
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 30 74 155
NEXIUM 56 33 74 17
GLIPIZIDE 55 0 76 94
OXYCONTIN 51 20 S2 77 58
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 51 0 77 215
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 24 79 168
TIZANIDINE HCL 50 37 79 80
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 June 29, 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.