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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,038Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 148

$2.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 148

256 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
15% Patients 65 Years and Older

95% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Idaho
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

21 of this provider’s 38 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

7% of this provider’s 256 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 21%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

23% of this provider’s 256 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$220 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $133 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.58M

2012

$2.02M

2013

$2.22M

2014

$2.2M

2015

Number of Claims

7,108

2012

9,395

2013

9,820

2014

10,038

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

406

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

50

patients, 20% of all patients

1 26
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

Treats schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

390

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

43

patients, 17% of all patients

P 2 55
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

371

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

48

patients, 19% of all patients

3 21
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

364

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

45

patients, 18% of all patients

4 33
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

311

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

41

patients, 16% of all patients

5 25
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

283

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

46

patients, 18% of all patients

6 10
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

271

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

45

patients, 18% of all patients

7 20
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

40

patients, 16% of all patients

8 31
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

32

patients, 13% of all patients

9 22
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

23

patients, 9% of all patients

10 76
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

194

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

29

patients, 11% of all patients

P 11 19
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

Treats psychotic mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

23

patients, 9% of all patients

P 12 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

29

patients, 11% of all patients

O 13 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

28

patients, 11% of all patients

R 14 30
INVEGA

Treats schizophrenia (a men... +

Treats schizophrenia (a mental disorder). Source: National Library of Medicine

171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

22

patients, 9% of all patients

P 15 89
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

33

patients, 13% of all patients

P 16 53
INVEGA SUSTENNA

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

P 16 54
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

25

patients, 10% of all patients

18 50
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

Treats symptoms of Parkinson's disease or side effects of other drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

R 18 38
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

20 28
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

21 59
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

20

patients, 8% of all patients

22 81
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

23 1
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

24 48
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

25 13
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

P 26 27
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE

The combination is used as ... +

The combination is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

27 106
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

28 56
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

29 3
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

O 30 41
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

O 31 32
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

31 34
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

33 5
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

27

patients, 11% of all patients

P 34 83
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL

Methylphenidate is used as ... +

Methylphenidate is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

34 93
PROPRANOLOL HCL

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), and certain types of tremor. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

36 67
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

37 18
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 O 38 91
ABILIFY MAINTENA 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 38 141
MODAFINIL

Treats narcolepsy, sleep ap... +

Treats narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 40 146
LATUDA

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

P 41 60
SAPHRIS 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 41 148
ESZOPICLONE

Eszopiclone is used to trea... +

Eszopiclone is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 R 41 148
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHET ER

Used as part of a treatment... +

Used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

44 150
LITHIUM CARBONATE

Lithium is used to treat an... +

Lithium is used to treat and prevent episodes of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder; a disease that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods). Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

45 74
STRATTERA 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 46 113
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

47 9
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

Doxepin is used to treat depression and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 R 47 85
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 47 46
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 50 108
PRISTIQ ER

Used to treat depression. D... +

Used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 51 156
ZIPRASIDONE HCL

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 P 52 79
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 53 47
OLANZAPINE ODT 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 P 54 177
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 54 132
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 March 18, 2016.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.