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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,051Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 86 out of 1448

$924K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 1448

381 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

14% of this provider’s 381 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 7,843 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

49% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$102 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
CARVEDILOL 517 461 1 1
DIOVAN 503 453 2 15
SIMVASTATIN 460 425 3 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 345 284 4 4
BYSTOLIC 317 282 5 32
TRILIPIX 222 177 6 86
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 215 195 7 2
COREG CR 208 184 8 83
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 202 167 9 11
METFORMIN HCL 202 164 9 25
SYNTHROID 192 165 11 90
SIMCOR 189 175 10 12 266
FUROSEMIDE 188 173 13 7
NIASPAN 173 157 14 47
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 172 133 15 21
EXFORGE 136 124 16 80
LIPITOR 136 115 16 30
OMEPRAZOLE 134 95 18 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 114 S3 19 33
SOTALOL 118 118 20 40
NEXIUM 105 105 21 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 103 91 22 42
LISINOPRIL 100 100 23 5
DIOVAN HCT 99 87 24 29
LOVASTATIN 97 74 25 35
CLOPIDOGREL 96 88 26 10
ANDROGEL 94 87 S3 27 329
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 94 79 27 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 91 85 29 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 91 59 29 9
JANUVIA 79 57 31 64
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 61 32 74
PLAVIX 72 54 33 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 70 69 34 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 68 68 35 6
AMIODARONE HCL 63 49 36 22
ACTOS 62 51 37 92
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 59 52 38 19
SPIRIVA 56 45 39 97
NITROSTAT 56 56 39 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 45 41 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 55 41 38
BENICAR 53 52 43 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 50 44 41
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 Feb. 21, 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.