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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,362Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 1448

$714K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 62 out of 1448

822 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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

2% of this provider’s 822 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 10,124 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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 SUCCINATE 847 719 1 6
CARVEDILOL 591 531 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 568 519 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 522 477 4 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 464 413 5 8
FUROSEMIDE 446 412 6 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 313 293 7 11
BENAZEPRIL HCL 310 274 8 26
CRESTOR 304 297 9 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 268 255 10 20
CLOPIDOGREL 255 232 11 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 217 193 12 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 213 13 18
PRADAXA 213 208 14 27
DIGOXIN 207 180 15 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 204 198 16 67
LISINOPRIL 192 171 17 5
PLAVIX 191 170 18 14
FENOFIBRATE 165 150 19 54
NITROSTAT 160 138 20 31
COREG CR 155 136 21 83
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 151 134 22 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 142 110 23 4
XARELTO 132 129 24 58
METFORMIN HCL 126 103 25 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 122 84 26 9
DIOVAN HCT 120 118 27 29
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 117 113 28 52
ATENOLOL 112 105 29 12
RANEXA 109 92 30 37
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 92 31 38
BYSTOLIC 106 106 31 32
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 91 33 152
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 97 72 34 21
NIASPAN 90 73 35 47
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 87 80 36 61
AMIODARONE HCL 85 71 37 22
SPIRONOLACTONE 82 50 38 24
DILTIAZEM ER 65 59 39 78
RAMIPRIL 64 53 40 36
ALLOPURINOL 62 47 41 43
FAMOTIDINE 61 56 42 60
BENICAR 61 49 42 50
ZETIA 58 55 44 28
NIFEDICAL XL 58 46 44 162
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 52 46 66
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 55 47 59
CLONIDINE HCL 53 49 48 45
VERAPAMIL ER 50 43 49 88
LOVASTATIN 50 45 49 35
CAPTOPRIL 50 37 49 115
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 May 20, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.