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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nurse Practitioner, Adult Health

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,976Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 98 out of 879

$6.79M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 879

491 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
31% Patients 65 Years and Older

56% 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 New York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 151 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

2% of this provider’s 491 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 16%.

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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

5% of this provider’s 491 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$1708 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $215 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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 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
COPAXONE

This is used to reduce the ... +

This is used to reduce the frequency of relapses (flare-ups) in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RMMS). Source: National Library of Medicine

419

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

89

patients, 18% of all patients

1 128
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

414

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

112

patients, 23% of all patients

2 47
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

311

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

85

patients, 17% of all patients

3 11
AMPYRA 309

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

66

patients, 13% of all patients

10 4 184
TECFIDERA 167

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

5 262
GILENYA 160

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

6 310
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

Treats or prevents the flu (influenza type A). Source: National Library of Medicine

114

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

7 218
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL

Methylphenidate is used as ... +

Methylphenidate is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

8 354
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

43

patients, 9% of all patients

9 108
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

10 54
AVONEX PEN 74

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

11 275
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

70

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

R 12 175
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

69

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

O 13 12
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

14 92
REBIF 64

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

15 400
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

16 24
AVONEX 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

17 314
MODAFINIL

Treats narcolepsy, sleep ap... +

Treats narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

18 359
DRONABINOL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

19 455
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 Sept. 9, 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.