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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,978Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 67 out of 1448

$564K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 103 out of 1448

402 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

23% of this provider’s 402 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 7,734 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 669 534 1 3
LISINOPRIL 512 389 2 5
IBUPROFEN 356 264 3 85
NAPROXEN 349 272 4 112
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 348 286 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 327 242 6 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 316 229 7 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 290 244 8 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 235 169 S3 9 33
GABAPENTIN 224 155 10 51
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 217 169 11 55
ATENOLOL 213 175 12 12
FUROSEMIDE 210 177 13 7
GLYBURIDE 182 133 R 14 89
AMOXICILLIN 177 120 15 142
METFORMIN HCL 170 118 16 25
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 169 134 17 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 169 150 17 34
ACTOS 150 119 19 92
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 138 90 S3 20 113
DIOVAN 125 117 21 15
SERTRALINE HCL 123 83 22 99
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 114 101 23 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 99 67 24 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 94 25 46
CLOPIDOGREL 94 84 26 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 93 78 27 41
MECLIZINE HCL 90 71 28 108
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 90 49 28 96
PLAVIX 86 78 30 14
NEXIUM 79 61 31 49
LIPITOR 77 54 32 30
KLOR-CON 8 74 54 33 70
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 74 56 R 33 216
NITROSTAT 67 46 35 31
ATELVIA 67 52 35 157
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 42 37 18
INSULIN SYRINGE 64 50 38 139
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 51 39 48
CARVEDILOL 61 52 40 1
LOVASTATIN 60 57 41 35
FAMOTIDINE 58 51 42 60
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 56 43 16
DEXILANT 56 55 43 87
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 33 45 74
TEKTURNA 53 53 45 106
ALLOPURINOL 52 50 47 43
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 51 48 67
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 34 R 48 209
INDOMETHACIN 50 45 R 50 389
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 June 6, 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.