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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,420Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 127 out of 1448

$526K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 119 out of 1448

507 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,730 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
SIMVASTATIN 637 600 1 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 495 462 2 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 361 344 3 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 317 259 4 11
SPIRONOLACTONE 302 264 5 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 295 248 6 18
RAMIPRIL 294 280 7 36
FUROSEMIDE 289 256 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 287 271 9 2
CARVEDILOL 280 254 10 1
CLOPIDOGREL 245 228 11 10
ZETIA 239 230 12 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 236 215 13 8
PLAVIX 204 184 14 14
BENAZEPRIL HCL 187 157 15 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 160 138 16 19
BENICAR 156 140 17 50
LISINOPRIL 131 127 18 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 114 101 19 9
TRICOR 107 97 20 94
CRESTOR 106 96 21 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 105 94 22 21
MULTAQ 93 85 23 57
LIPITOR 92 91 24 30
AMIODARONE HCL 83 76 25 22
EFFIENT 75 71 26 69
FENOFIBRATE 72 68 27 54
VYTORIN 69 56 28 71
METOLAZONE 64 54 29 124
ATENOLOL 63 62 30 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 61 31 55
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 50 32 61
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 56 53 33 52
DIOVAN 52 45 34 15
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. 1, 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.