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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,628Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 73 out of 1448

$636K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 77 out of 1448

860 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

11% of this provider’s 860 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 8,781 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 603 556 1 9
CLOPIDOGREL 549 524 2 10
SIMVASTATIN 473 434 3 3
LISINOPRIL 399 367 4 5
PLAVIX 399 385 4 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 316 294 6 8
FUROSEMIDE 315 285 7 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 293 251 S3 8 33
ATENOLOL 260 245 9 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 222 214 10 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 218 202 11 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 196 184 12 4
CARVEDILOL 194 170 13 1
METFORMIN HCL 177 163 14 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 148 15 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 159 143 16 11
DIOVAN 157 152 17 15
OMEPRAZOLE 152 144 18 23
GABAPENTIN 134 104 19 51
DIGOXIN 131 113 20 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 119 103 21 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 116 94 22 6
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 108 87 23 16
ALLOPURINOL 108 105 23 43
CLONIDINE HCL 102 89 25 45
GLIPIZIDE 92 90 26 75
PROAIR HFA 92 79 26 104
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 87 72 28 19
LOVASTATIN 80 80 29 35
PRADAXA 78 72 30 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 76 70 31 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 72 67 32 42
NITROSTAT 69 56 33 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 62 34 41
NIFEDIPINE ER 66 60 35 59
DIOVAN HCT 65 65 36 29
HYDRALAZINE HCL 61 52 37 44
NIASPAN 60 54 38 47
LIPITOR 57 53 39 30
AMIODARONE HCL 57 46 39 22
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 53 41 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 52 42 46
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 44 43 55
FAMOTIDINE 50 45 44 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 42 44 74
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 April 22, 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.