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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,627Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 240

$579K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 240

178 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
28%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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 Minnesota
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 178 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 764 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$160 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Minnesota
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 268 41 1 38
TRAZODONE HCL 225 61 2 29
RISPERIDONE 203 63 3 40
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 197 49 4 48
MIRTAZAPINE 187 62 5 22
GABAPENTIN 155 0 6 15
CYMBALTA 143 53 7 47
SEROQUEL XR 113 0 8 141
ABILIFY 105 30 9 49
BUPROPION HCL SR 105 33 9 104
SEROQUEL 97 11 11 98
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 94 0 12 106
OLANZAPINE 94 11 12 82
TOPIRAMATE 91 12 14 58
VENLAFAXINE HCL 89 41 15 157
CLOZAPINE 88 0 16 56
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 87 23 17 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 86 22 18 18
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 76 13 19 78
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 18 20 57
BUPROPION HCL 64 13 21 180
HALOPERIDOL 64 22 21 136
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 62 0 R 23 109
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 59 0 R 24 88
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 56 18 25 148
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 April 6, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.