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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,340Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 1448

$866K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 1448

763 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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 Average for
this specialty
in California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 763 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,935 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in California
SIMVASTATIN 963 915 1 3
CARVEDILOL 683 668 2 1
PLAVIX 495 481 3 14
CLOPIDOGREL 483 457 4 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 418 404 5 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 396 375 6 6
ATENOLOL 371 366 7 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 341 332 8 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 338 328 9 21
FUROSEMIDE 319 319 10 7
DIOVAN 296 296 11 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 277 256 12 4
SPIRONOLACTONE 271 253 13 24
LISINOPRIL 251 224 14 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 242 241 15 8
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 212 191 16 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 196 194 17 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 185 185 18 34
OMEPRAZOLE 181 181 19 23
DIOVAN HCT 172 169 20 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 171 171 21 41
AMIODARONE HCL 165 165 22 22
CRESTOR 154 149 23 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 153 153 24 42
NIFEDIPINE ER 153 150 24 59
PRADAXA 150 148 26 27
METFORMIN HCL 149 148 27 25
DIGOXIN 136 136 28 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 125 125 29 19
TRAMADOL HCL 122 122 30 56
BYSTOLIC 106 105 31 32
LIPITOR 104 104 32 30
BENAZEPRIL HCL 92 87 33 26
ALLOPURINOL 89 89 34 43
CLONIDINE HCL 88 76 35 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 86 86 36 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 81 37 46
GABAPENTIN 83 83 38 51
COREG CR 81 81 39 83
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 73 40 16
PAROXETINE HCL 74 55 41 121
RANEXA 73 69 42 37
NEXIUM 67 67 43 49
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 64 64 44 48
VERAPAMIL ER 61 61 45 88
NITROSTAT 61 50 45 31
CELEBREX 59 59 47 77
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 58 58 R 48 132
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 54 49 122
JANUVIA 56 56 49 64
MECLIZINE HCL 55 54 51 108
SPIRIVA 53 53 52 97
SERTRALINE HCL 52 52 53 99
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 52 53 68
AZITHROMYCIN 51 51 55 76
LOVAZA 50 43 56 39
FAMOTIDINE 50 50 56 60
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths 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.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 July 16, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.