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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,945Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 417

$870K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 417

408 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
14%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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 Tennessee
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

8% of this provider’s 834 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$125 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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 Tennessee
TRAZODONE HCL 513 58 1 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 398 58 2 20
RISPERIDONE 367 49 3 64
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 305 34 4 79
SERTRALINE HCL 274 31 5 34
HYDROXYZINE HCL 267 30 R 6 96
FLUOXETINE HCL 232 45 7 53
MIRTAZAPINE 210 47 8 81
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 208 11 R 9 72
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 204 43 10 82
GABAPENTIN 200 0 11 5
SEROQUEL 186 17 12 118
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 167 24 13 104
CYMBALTA 166 0 14 48
LAMOTRIGINE 161 13 15 57
ABILIFY 160 0 16 102
SEROQUEL XR 160 26 16 143
LITHIUM CARBONATE 155 13 18 144
PAROXETINE HCL 154 12 19 67
BUSPIRONE HCL 151 12 20 91
BUPROPION HCL SR 145 12 21 112
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 145 12 21 16
PRISTIQ ER 118 0 23 145
LUNESTA 117 0 24 174
BUPROPION XL 116 16 25 175
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 103 0 R 26 149
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 91 18 27 134
OXCARBAZEPINE 83 24 28 127
TOPIRAMATE 72 0 29 106
THIORIDAZINE HCL 68 12 R 30 254
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 0 30 151
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65 0 R 32 59
CLOZAPINE 51 0 33 285
LEXAPRO 51 0 33 235
RISPERDAL CONSTA 50 0 35 202
VENLAFAXINE HCL 50 28 35 291
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, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.