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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,076Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 459

$1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 459

319 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
16%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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 Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

14% of this provider’s 879 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$142 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $65 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Virginia
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 607 58 R 1 54
RISPERIDONE 535 97 2 42
TRAZODONE HCL 363 52 3 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 254 0 4 96
OLANZAPINE 247 58 5 85
INVEGA 233 0 6 161
SERTRALINE HCL 233 0 6 20
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 217 14 R 8 101
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 212 17 9 57
FLUOXETINE HCL 205 21 10 47
ABILIFY 190 21 11 67
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 180 24 12 93
HALOPERIDOL 173 38 13 131
CITALOPRAM HBR 169 16 14 18
CLOZAPINE 162 0 15 143
LITHIUM CARBONATE 161 0 16 132
CYMBALTA 158 32 17 35
GABAPENTIN 146 28 18 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 145 17 19 19
RISPERDAL CONSTA 138 13 20 191
PAROXETINE HCL 134 53 21 58
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 119 12 22 151
BUSPIRONE HCL 115 0 23 105
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 111 19 24 87
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 31 25 61
TOPIRAMATE 102 12 26 124
MIRTAZAPINE 98 19 27 99
PRISTIQ ER 90 0 28 216
SEROQUEL 87 0 29 162
LAMOTRIGINE 84 12 30 78
HYDROXYZINE HCL 75 0 R 31 172
OXCARBAZEPINE 75 13 31 229
BUPROPION HCL SR 74 25 33 125
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 72 48 R 34 233
SEROQUEL XR 71 0 35 234
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 60 14 36 167
BUPROPION XL 58 0 37 117
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 0 37 129
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 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.