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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,520Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 161

$343K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 161

262 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% 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 Utah
lower than average

Antipsychotics

26% of this provider’s 242 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Antibiotics

32% of this provider’s 262 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 21%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 242 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 11%.

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Opioids

35% of this provider’s 262 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 24%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $161 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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

$176K

2012

$292K

2013

$421K

2014

$343K

2015

Number of Claims

2,748

2012

6,887

2013

8,053

2014

7,520

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
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

334

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

329

prescriptions.

65

patients, 25% of all patients

1 13
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

331

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

331

prescriptions.

54

patients, 21% of all patients

2 1
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

279

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

44

patients, 17% of all patients

3 3
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

272

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

267

prescriptions.

47

patients, 18% of all patients

4 4
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

271

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

47

patients, 18% of all patients

5 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

269

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

44

patients, 17% of all patients

6 15
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

254

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

249

prescriptions.

45

patients, 17% of all patients

7 27
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

201

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

38

patients, 15% of all patients

8 44
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

200

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

29

patients, 11% of all patients

9 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

194

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

50

patients, 19% of all patients

O 10 2
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

191

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

34

patients, 13% of all patients

P 11 28
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

29

patients, 11% of all patients

12 7
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

163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

25

patients, 10% of all patients

13 12
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

26

patients, 10% of all patients

14 69
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

27

patients, 10% of all patients

15 5
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

Treats psychotic mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

P 16 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

126

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

17 6
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

118

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

33

patients, 13% of all patients

O 18 19
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

19 20
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

23

patients, 9% of all patients

20 94
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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

21 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

22 33
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

23 23
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

24 21
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 25 30
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 26 150
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

23

patients, 9% of all patients

27 34
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 28 17
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

44

patients, 17% of all patients

A 28 68
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

28 14
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

31 18
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 32 74
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 33 48
XARELTO

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

34 84
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 March 26, 2014.
  • 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.