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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,233Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 294

$320K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 294

618 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
15% 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 Maryland
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,552 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $84 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 Maryland
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 586 512 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 579 519 2 5
LISINOPRIL 427 385 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 399 353 4 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 378 328 5 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 331 331 6 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 303 282 7 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 278 251 8 6
ATENOLOL 256 232 9 12
DIGOXIN 211 199 10 16
CARVEDILOL 208 200 11 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 186 169 12 3
CLOPIDOGREL 173 148 13 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 154 147 14 15
AMIODARONE HCL 151 144 15 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 148 137 16 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 144 142 17 4
PLAVIX 128 104 18 14
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 102 94 19 42
CRESTOR 88 70 20 13
ZETIA 80 75 21 26
PACERONE 77 77 22 86
TAZTIA XT 77 77 10 22 109
NIFEDIPINE ER 76 71 24 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 67 25 18
DILTIAZEM ER 70 62 26 117
NITROSTAT 69 63 27 23
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 65 65 28 83
RAMIPRIL 64 52 29 29
KLOR-CON M20 53 53 30 54
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 Jan. 30, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.