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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,727Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 95 out of 1019

$437K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 138 out of 1019

724 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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 Texas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,441 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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 Texas
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 515 420 1 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 488 412 2 16
DIOVAN 476 360 3 20
CLOPIDOGREL 466 370 4 7
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 462 407 5 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 461 380 6 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 414 354 7 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 372 303 8 4
PLAVIX 335 282 9 11
BYSTOLIC 307 250 10 26
CARVEDILOL 218 181 11 3
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 218 199 11 59
SIMVASTATIN 179 147 13 5
LIPITOR 155 121 14 37
FUROSEMIDE 154 140 15 6
LISINOPRIL 134 120 16 2
DIGOXIN 129 118 17 14
CRESTOR 129 115 17 13
RAMIPRIL 127 101 19 21
CILOSTAZOL 113 96 20 45
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 102 89 21 15
EXFORGE 102 85 21 68
ATENOLOL 99 82 23 19
SPIRONOLACTONE 93 64 24 23
NITROSTAT 90 75 25 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 73 25 17
RANEXA 83 71 27 32
MICARDIS 75 70 28 146
TORSEMIDE 65 65 29 50
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 51 30 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 62 41 31 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 56 32 47
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 57 46 33 43
DILTIAZEM HCL 56 46 34 100
TEKTURNA 50 50 35 95
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 Dec. 13, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.