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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,174Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 520

$903K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 520

275 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
35%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

68% of this provider’s 275 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 275 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 5,900 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

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

52 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
ENDOCET 1,067 413 S2 10 1 44
GABAPENTIN 561 181 2 10
OMEPRAZOLE 537 200 3 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 454 116 4 13
CARISOPRODOL 390 58 R 5 62
NEXIUM 325 138 6 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 320 107 7 19
PROMETHAZINE HCL 292 102 R 8 99
LISINOPRIL 270 127 9 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 262 103 S3 10 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 243 135 11 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 239 176 12 4
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 239 97 S2 12 35
SIMVASTATIN 230 97 14 2
METFORMIN HCL 224 74 15 8
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 224 74 S2 15 30
FUROSEMIDE 216 106 17 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 100 18 12
PROAIR HFA 176 25 19 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 168 56 20 11
ROPINIROLE HCL 159 78 21 107
OPANA ER 150 27 S2 22 82
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 145 87 23 18
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 141 55 R 24 66
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 138 46 25 29
SINGULAIR 127 53 26 65
IBUPROFEN 120 48 27 91
SYMBICORT 119 55 28 126
CLOPIDOGREL 118 87 29 52
RANITIDINE HCL 117 37 30 49
FENTANYL 110 29 S2 31 55
FLUCONAZOLE 110 0 31 146
PREDNISONE 104 47 33 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 50 33 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 99 48 35 22
PLAVIX 98 65 36 81
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 94 48 37 197
OXYCONTIN 90 53 S2 38 58
PREMARIN 87 14 R 39 177
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 87 12 R 39 37
CRESTOR 86 25 41 24
ZETIA 84 39 42 95
ALLOPURINOL 84 54 42 46
MELOXICAM 82 15 44 26
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 81 39 45 154
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 44 46 67
WARFARIN SODIUM 80 38 46 20
OXYCODONE HCL 80 22 S2 46 21
SPIRIVA 78 60 49 48
TRAZODONE HCL 78 19 49 27
RAMIPRIL 77 56 51 102
ATENOLOL 77 42 51 28
NAPROXEN 77 25 51 109
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 72 47 54 6
CARVEDILOL 70 38 55 25
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 26 56 152
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 41 57 41
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 61 35 57 273
TIZANIDINE HCL 60 21 59 80
VENTOLIN HFA 60 28 59 120
JANUMET 60 18 59 182
CYMBALTA 59 0 62 36
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 12 63 54
METHOCARBAMOL 55 0 R 64 164
LANTUS 54 33 65 75
LACTULOSE 51 36 66 88
HYDROXYZINE HCL 50 0 R 67 205
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 50 27 67 112
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. 1, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.