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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,252Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 67

$414K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 67

321 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
19%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

5% of this provider’s 321 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 754 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $105 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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
TRAZODONE HCL 326 70 1 1
FLUOXETINE HCL 293 82 2 4
CLOZAPINE 280 0 3 15
RISPERIDONE 268 31 4 3
MIRTAZAPINE 219 32 5 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 215 32 6 6
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 215 0 6 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 206 38 8 2
LAMOTRIGINE 194 0 9 8
SERTRALINE HCL 192 65 10 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 181 18 11 23
BUPROPION HCL SR 168 18 12 12
GABAPENTIN 144 14 13 17
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 143 0 R 14 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 119 12 15 10
RISPERDAL CONSTA 111 0 16 35
OLANZAPINE 111 21 16 11
HALOPERIDOL 110 0 18 29
BUSPIRONE HCL 106 27 19 20
PAROXETINE HCL 104 15 20 16
LITHIUM CARBONATE 93 0 21 24
SEROQUEL 91 17 22 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 83 16 23 18
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 81 0 24 39
OXCARBAZEPINE 73 0 25 22
ABILIFY 66 0 26 7
DOXEPIN HCL 57 27 27 33
TOPIRAMATE 54 0 28 31
PERPHENAZINE 54 22 28 38
CLONIDINE HCL 51 0 30 19
HYDROXYZINE HCL 50 0 R 31 34
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 Jan. 3, 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.