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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,868Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 37 out of 279

$615K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 279

311 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
24%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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 Louisiana
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 311 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 728 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$159 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $72 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 Louisiana
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 217 54 1 22
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 206 15 2 80
CYMBALTA 167 29 3 41
TRAZODONE HCL 164 19 4 46
SERTRALINE HCL 163 66 5 32
OXCARBAZEPINE 157 0 6 129
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 134 21 R 7 91
SEROQUEL XR 129 13 8 147
ABILIFY 121 44 9 103
RISPERIDONE 118 31 10 94
CITALOPRAM HBR 109 11 11 33
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 107 30 12 63
LAMOTRIGINE 97 0 13 121
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 93 0 14 121
FLUOXETINE HCL 84 19 15 106
MIRTAZAPINE 77 20 16 112
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 74 0 R 17 148
BUPROPION XL 74 26 17 186
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 73 0 19 188
PAROXETINE HCL 72 23 20 64
OLANZAPINE 69 11 21 131
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 68 18 R 22 42
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 61 0 23 145
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 56 0 24 211
TOPIRAMATE 54 0 25 217
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 50 0 S2 26 234
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 24, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.