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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,332Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 106 out of 1448

$577K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 95 out of 1448

259 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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

8% of this provider’s 259 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 7,502 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 311 258 1 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 273 250 2 8
CARVEDILOL 268 240 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 267 251 4 7
DIOVAN 257 222 5 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 230 214 6 21
SIMVASTATIN 218 202 7 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 215 207 8 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 214 199 9 19
CRESTOR 214 188 9 17
DIGOXIN 200 190 11 13
FAMOTIDINE 197 162 12 60
OMEPRAZOLE 196 158 13 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 188 175 14 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 179 157 15 6
CLOPIDOGREL 156 135 16 10
BENAZEPRIL HCL 154 131 17 26
METFORMIN HCL 142 136 18 25
PLAVIX 140 115 19 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111 99 20 42
GABAPENTIN 97 76 21 51
SERTRALINE HCL 89 81 22 99
LOVAZA 88 75 23 39
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 88 87 S3 23 33
ZETIA 81 79 25 28
ATENOLOL 80 78 26 12
LIPITOR 75 56 27 30
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 72 28 61
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 61 29 18
NEXIUM 68 55 29 49
HYDRALAZINE HCL 68 63 29 44
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 67 32 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 66 47 33 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65 61 34 34
NIASPAN 61 48 35 47
DEXILANT 60 48 36 87
DIOVAN HCT 60 60 36 29
PRADAXA 55 55 38 27
EXFORGE 53 52 39 80
LIDODERM 52 52 40 81
TRILIPIX 50 36 41 86
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 Aug. 4, 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.