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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,202Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 359

$881K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 359

401 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
23%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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 Pennsylvania
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 401 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

7% of this provider’s 1,419 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$122 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $95 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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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 Pennsylvania
TRAZODONE HCL 436 58 1 27
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 412 105 2 29
SERTRALINE HCL 345 40 3 17
LAMOTRIGINE 284 19 4 19
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 267 80 R 5 68
FLUOXETINE HCL 260 32 6 31
RISPERIDONE 253 92 7 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 250 21 8 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 240 87 9 16
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 238 33 10 55
MIRTAZAPINE 225 97 11 46
SEROQUEL XR 224 21 12 105
BUPROPION HCL SR 219 54 13 49
PAROXETINE HCL 215 78 14 58
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 203 54 15 60
ABILIFY 178 34 16 52
BUPROPION XL 173 43 17 125
CYMBALTA 157 16 18 57
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 151 0 R 19 93
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 137 45 20 109
INVEGA SUSTENNA 134 18 21 190
OLANZAPINE 127 45 22 82
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 109 0 23 203
SEROQUEL 106 0 24 143
GABAPENTIN 102 0 25 14
BUSPIRONE HCL 96 0 26 110
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 86 0 27 113
NAMENDA 84 71 28 85
PERPHENAZINE 82 17 29 178
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 80 17 R 30 221
LITHIUM CARBONATE 76 12 31 120
DONEPEZIL HCL 67 50 32 64
HALOPERIDOL 51 23 33 166
PROPRANOLOL HCL 50 0 34 282
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 Dec. 11, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.