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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nurse Practitioner

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,488Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 101

$461K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 101

351 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

39% 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 North Dakota
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics 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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Antibiotics

34% of this provider’s 351 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 335 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

19% of this provider’s 351 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $104 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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

$272K

2012

$371K

2013

$396K

2014

$461K

2015

Number of Claims

6,838

2012

8,302

2013

8,322

2014

8,488

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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O

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
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

390

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

385

prescriptions.

72

patients, 21% of all patients

1 2
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

318

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

48

patients, 14% of all patients

2 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

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

298

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

298

prescriptions.

51

patients, 15% of all patients

3 8
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

265

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

45

patients, 13% of all patients

4 3
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

262

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

44

patients, 13% of all patients

5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

250

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

44

patients, 13% of all patients

6 6
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

246

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

51

patients, 15% of all patients

7 5
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

245

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

42

patients, 12% of all patients

8 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

215

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

37

patients, 11% of all patients

9 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

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

187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

10 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

180

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

O 11 9
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

28

patients, 8% of all patients

12 46
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

156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

13 15
JANTOVEN

Helps to prevent new blood ... +

Helps to prevent new blood clots from forming, and helps to keep existing blood clots from getting worse. Source: National Library of Medicine

149

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

14 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

15 13
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

O 16 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

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

142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

17 11
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

37

patients, 11% of all patients

18 60
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

19 48
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

20 57
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

21 88
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

22 96
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

O 23 12
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

24 10
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

25 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

26 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

27 18
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

28 80
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

29 16
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

48

patients, 14% of all patients

30 30
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

31 33
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

31 105
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

33 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

34 32
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

35 43
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 35 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

37 40
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

38 153
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

38 35
LEVEMIR

Helps control blood sugar l... +

Helps control blood sugar levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 40 116
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 41 163
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

42 95
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.