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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,779Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 420 providers in this state and specialty

$259K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 59 out of 420 providers in this state and specialty

435 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older

43% 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 Minnesota
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

20% of this provider’s 435 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Opioids

15% of this provider’s 435 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$33 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $92 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$260K

2014

$281K

2015

$259K

2016

Number of Claims

5,379

2014

6,438

2015

7,779

2016

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.

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 439

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

434

prescriptions.

69

patients, 16% of all patients

1 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 380

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

360

prescriptions.

49

patients, 11% of all patients

2 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 307

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

52

patients, 12% of all patients

3 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 293

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

55

patients, 13% of all patients

4 6
SIMVASTATIN 263

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

64

patients, 15% of all patients

5 4
LISINOPRIL 253

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

53

patients, 12% of all patients

6 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 230

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

46

patients, 11% of all patients

7 5
FUROSEMIDE 225

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

51

patients, 12% of all patients

8 7
OMEPRAZOLE 219

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

62

patients, 14% of all patients

9 3
SERTRALINE HCL 201

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

10 16
TRAMADOL HCL 173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

37

patients, 9% of all patients

O 11 17
FAMOTIDINE* 156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

12 76
DONEPEZIL HCL 137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

13 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

14 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

15 11
GABAPENTIN 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

16 8
ATENOLOL 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

17 20
NYSTOP 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

18 171
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

19 14
SPIRONOLACTONE 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

20 51
LEVETIRACETAM 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

<11 21 44
LORAZEPAM 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

22 35
BUMETANIDE 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 23 101
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

24 27
TRAZODONE HCL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

25 25
MIRTAZAPINE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

26 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

27 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 27 47
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

27 32
JANTOVEN 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

30 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

31 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

32 21
NAMENDA XR 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 32 91
PREDNISONE 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

34 27
BUPROPION XL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 34 66
HYDRALAZINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

36 96
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

37 24
METFORMIN HCL 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

38 12
DULOXETINE HCL 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

38 40
VALSARTAN 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 40 137
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

40 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

42 26
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 42 55
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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 Oct. 17, 2011.
  • 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.