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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Nurse Practitioner

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,872Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 136

$278K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 136

405 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
54% Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Arizona
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 405 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 405 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $96 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Arizona
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 238 150 66 1 2
LISINOPRIL 217 135 65 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 127 72 34 3 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 112 66 55 S3 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 105 61 27 5 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 97 56 29 6 13
GABAPENTIN 96 45 30 7 9
CYMBALTA 89 41 19 8 54
METFORMIN HCL 89 34 24 8 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 85 66 20 10 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 61 21 11 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 84 35 24 11 26
RANITIDINE HCL 78 29 25 13 32
FUROSEMIDE 75 45 26 14 11
PROAIR HFA 72 19 25 15 39
ATENOLOL 69 33 22 16 50
TRAZODONE HCL 69 42 22 16 15
LOVASTATIN 68 44 17 18 45
SIMVASTATIN 64 43 21 19 5
METFORMIN HCL ER 63 37 16 20 74
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 13 18 R 21 66
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 60 26 17 22 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 33 23 22 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 58 46 21 24 20
BACLOFEN 56 13 17 25 37
SPIRIVA 55 19 14 26 106
OXYCODONE HCL 54 32 26 S2 27 6
VENTOLIN HFA 52 40 15 28 167
WARFARIN SODIUM 50 22 11 29 12
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 <11 17 29 67
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. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost 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 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.
  • 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. 19, 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.