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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Health

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,012Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills
$377K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions
331 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

25% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income 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

$141K

2012

$172K

2013

$273K

2014

$377K

2015

Number of Claims

2,587

2012

3,543

2013

5,063

2014

7,012

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. 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.

Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category
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

378

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

334

prescriptions.

85

patients, 26% of all patients

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

274

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

72

patients, 22% of all patients

HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

215

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

56

patients, 17% of all patients

O
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

203

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

45

patients, 14% of all patients

LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

34

patients, 10% of all patients

OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

28

patients, 8% of all patients

O
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

143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

31

patients, 9% of all patients

SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

36

patients, 11% of all patients

FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

38

patients, 11% of all patients

FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

O
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

112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

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

111

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

74

patients, 22% of all patients

A
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to reliev... +

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 O
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine 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), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

R
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

O
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

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 8, 2016.
  • 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.