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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nurse Practitioner

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,963Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 18

$345K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 18

197 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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 Vermont
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 197 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 197 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,648 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $101 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 Vermont
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 274 156 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 247 175 2 2
LISINOPRIL 240 201 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 176 131 4 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 159 142 5 25
FUROSEMIDE 144 116 6 6
ATENOLOL 141 109 7 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 118 8 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 111 96 9 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 109 105 10 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 107 96 11 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 107 83 11 10
GABAPENTIN 106 33 13 9
METHADONE HCL 105 0 S2 14 36
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 94 15 S3 15 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 46 16 39
PREDNISONE 83 58 17 41
MELOXICAM 76 56 18 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 75 19 23
SPIRIVA 70 44 20 28
NAMENDA 70 58 20 47
WARFARIN SODIUM 70 54 20 15
PROAIR HFA 67 37 23 49
TRAZODONE HCL 65 26 24 16
IBUPROFEN 65 13 24 50
NEXIUM 59 39 26 21
METFORMIN HCL 55 39 27 8
JANUVIA 53 36 28 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 52 52 29 57
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 52 39 29 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 52 37 29 16
SERTRALINE HCL 51 19 32 13
ZETIA 50 24 33 61
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 March 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.