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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,790Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 113 out of 1448

$701K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 64 out of 1448

518 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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 518 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,155 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$90 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
PROPRANOLOL HCL 735 676 10 1 105
PLAVIX 733 678 2 14
CLOPIDOGREL 625 546 3 10
AMIODARONE HCL 597 545 10 4 22
ATENOLOL 292 267 5 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 206 172 6 9
NITROLINGUAL 184 173 10 7 187
WARFARIN SODIUM 177 162 8 8
FUROSEMIDE 177 140 8 7
CLONIDINE HCL 175 169 10 45
NIFEDIPINE ER 168 168 11 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 167 137 12 74
NITROSTAT 139 123 13 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 139 135 13 2
NIFEDIPINE 128 115 R 10 15 306
NITROGLYCERIN 116 94 10 16 278
DIGOXIN 113 111 17 13
CARVEDILOL 111 104 18 1
DIOVAN 93 93 19 15
NEXIUM 77 74 20 49
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 77 S3 20 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 73 56 22 4
EFFIENT 71 46 23 69
CAPTOPRIL 70 69 24 115
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 68 25 38
SINGULAIR 67 67 26 91
LIPITOR 61 50 27 30
SPIRONOLACTONE 61 57 27 24
CRESTOR 58 50 29 17
ACTOS 58 58 29 92
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 57 31 18
CELEBREX 54 54 32 77
DIOVAN HCT 54 54 32 29
ACTONEL 52 52 34 117
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 50 43 S3 35 113
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 Oct. 14, 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.