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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,554Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 520

$1.29M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 520

450 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
42%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

8% of this provider’s 450 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 450 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,526 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
LACTULOSE 584 192 1 88
SIMVASTATIN 524 163 2 2
LISINOPRIL 480 117 3 3
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 461 63 R 4 43
OMEPRAZOLE 456 145 5 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 422 180 6 6
RISPERIDONE 415 125 7 45
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 351 181 8 101
FUROSEMIDE 331 177 9 7
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 320 62 10 71
OLANZAPINE 320 87 10 84
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 315 98 12 56
METFORMIN HCL 265 42 13 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 265 134 13 22
MIRTAZAPINE 264 192 15 64
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 254 79 16 4
GABAPENTIN 231 67 17 10
TRAZODONE HCL 219 46 18 27
SERTRALINE HCL 181 84 19 23
CYMBALTA 172 62 20 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 25 21 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 157 127 22 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 149 31 23 50
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 146 52 24 12
NAMENDA 144 126 25 73
RANITIDINE HCL 144 57 25 49
HALOPERIDOL 143 18 27 98
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 142 63 S3 28 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 139 61 29 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 137 20 30 13
SEROQUEL 133 25 31 134
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 130 20 S2 32 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 129 52 33 14
GEMFIBROZIL 127 0 34 127
NEXIUM 119 15 35 17
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 118 0 R 36 162
SPIRIVA 116 20 37 48
LAMOTRIGINE 115 26 38 68
MELOXICAM 114 58 39 26
CLOZAPINE 108 0 40 129
GLIPIZIDE 107 56 41 94
JANTOVEN 101 53 42 105
NIASPAN 99 0 43 83
ABILIFY 96 0 44 77
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95 46 45 53
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 93 47 46 85
TOPIRAMATE 93 22 46 118
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 91 18 48 155
LEVETIRACETAM 90 0 49 104
LITHIUM CARBONATE 89 0 50 157
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 88 11 R 51 37
IBUPROFEN 87 0 52 91
FAMOTIDINE 87 15 52 106
ATENOLOL 84 11 54 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81 37 55 41
TRAMADOL HCL 80 61 56 15
GLYBURIDE 78 21 R 57 123
VENLAFAXINE HCL 75 36 58 213
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 71 0 59 215
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 28 60 11
RIVASTIGMINE 65 65 61 269
OLANZAPINE ODT 64 0 62 270
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 27 63 29
BUSPIRONE HCL 63 33 63 122
CLONIDINE HCL 62 0 65 59
AZITHROMYCIN 62 39 65 31
LANTUS 61 12 67 75
FENOFIBRATE 61 0 67 70
INVEGA SUSTENNA 61 0 67 184
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 59 50 70 215
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 30 71 69
RISPERDAL CONSTA 57 19 72 194
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 56 23 R 73 220
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 14 74 117
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 54 0 74 18
NOVOLOG 54 20 74 160
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 24 S2 74 30
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 43 78 116
AMITIZA 52 52 79 223
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 24 79 72
SEROQUEL XR 51 0 81 124
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 18 82 154
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 50 28 82 141
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 Feb. 25, 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.