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Prescriber Checkup

WILLIAM GRIFFIN RNCS PC APRN BC

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric/Mental Health, Adult

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,955Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 51

$929K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 51

277 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
15%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 987 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$134 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $118 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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
MIRTAZAPINE 433 76 1 15
LAMOTRIGINE 387 37 2 2
OXCARBAZEPINE 346 34 3 27
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 310 40 R 4 8
OLANZAPINE 298 36 5 11
BUSPIRONE HCL 269 20 6 19
RISPERIDONE 264 59 7 4
TRAZODONE HCL 254 51 8 1
BUPROPION HCL SR 249 18 9 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 239 60 10 5
CLOZAPINE 230 12 11 10
CYMBALTA 221 57 12 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 214 28 13 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 214 42 13 13
ABILIFY 212 15 15 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 204 14 16 6
CLONIDINE HCL 197 22 17 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 194 52 18 17
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 191 0 19 14
SERTRALINE HCL 165 45 20 12
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 126 0 21 29
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 96 33 22 32
SEROQUEL 88 20 23 22
PAROXETINE HCL 87 12 24 23
INVEGA 78 0 25 37
DOXEPIN HCL 76 0 26 36
HALOPERIDOL 74 12 27 24
TOPIRAMATE 73 0 28 28
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 63 0 29 16
GABAPENTIN 54 0 30 20
SEROQUEL XR 53 12 31 38
ZYPREXA 52 0 32 50
GEODON 52 0 32 50
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 Aug. 13, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.