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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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4,221Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 168

$398K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 168

276 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
47% Patients 65 Years and Older

71% 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 Connecticut
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 130 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

12% of this provider’s 276 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 11%.

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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

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$94 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $249 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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

$235K

2012

$328K

2013

$357K

2014

$398K

2015

Number of Claims

2,662

2012

3,857

2013

3,629

2014

4,221

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
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

708

prescriptions, 17% of all prescriptions

255

prescriptions.

127

patients, 46% of all patients

1 20
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

324

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

50

patients, 18% of all patients

2 9
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

195

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

38

patients, 14% of all patients

3 3
TACROLIMUS 193

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

28

patients, 10% of all patients

4 73
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

182

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

33

patients, 12% of all patients

5 14
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

149

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

35

patients, 13% of all patients

6 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

142

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

28

patients, 10% of all patients

7 2
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

136

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

23

patients, 8% of all patients

8 1
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

109

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

9 40
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL

Used with other medications... +

Used with other medications to help prevent transplant organ rejection (attack of the transplanted organ by the immune system of the person receiving the organ) in people who have received organ transplants. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

10 125
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

95

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

11 6
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

12 58
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

86

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

13 10
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

Treats low blood calcium in kidney dialysis patients and other patients. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

14 135
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

79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

14 12
LABETALOL HCL

Labetalol is used to treat ... +

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

76

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

16 138
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

17 143
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

72

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

18 27
CYCLOSPORINE MODIFIED 71

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

19 146
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

Treating infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

A 20 154
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 21 4
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

Lowers the amount of calcium in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

22 165
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

Prevents your body from rejecting a kidney transplant. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 23 176
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 23 176
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 25 114
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 26 16
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 Feb. 21, 2008.
  • 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.