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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,827Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 67

$1.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 67

764 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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 Pennsylvania
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 16,853 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

45% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $73 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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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 Pennsylvania
DIOVAN 1,428 1,365 10 1 15
LISINOPRIL 1,014 941 2 4
ATENOLOL 956 897 3 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 938 896 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 931 884 5 12
RANEXA 823 799 10 6 22
CARVEDILOL 727 669 7 5
CRESTOR 645 613 8 18
SIMVASTATIN 640 560 9 6
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 581 561 10 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 553 521 11 1
ZETIA 499 490 12 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 498 498 13 14
CLOPIDOGREL 482 439 14 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 449 443 15 24
PLAVIX 386 357 16 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 330 286 17 21
NIASPAN 293 275 18 34
COREG CR 282 267 10 19 35
BENICAR 257 241 20 36
NITROSTAT 240 221 21 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 238 229 22 33
LIPITOR 204 204 23 41
PRADAXA 193 193 24 10
MULTAQ 192 191 25 19
CLONIDINE HCL 185 178 26 42
DIOVAN HCT 182 171 27 43
FUROSEMIDE 179 166 28 8
SPIRONOLACTONE 178 151 29 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 172 172 30 44
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 171 168 31 32
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 151 151 32 47
VYTORIN 146 127 33 48
LOVAZA 143 124 34 49
AMIODARONE HCL 135 135 35 9
BYSTOLIC 111 111 36 51
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 95 37 27
HYDRALAZINE HCL 101 101 38 52
NIFEDIPINE ER 96 96 39 53
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 83 40 54
EXFORGE 95 95 40 54
LOVASTATIN 94 80 42 46
CLONIDINE 88 75 43 58
BENICAR HCT 84 84 44 59
SOTALOL 64 61 45 17
TRICOR 60 60 46 61
DILTIAZEM ER 59 35 47 62
TEKTURNA 58 56 48 63
MECLIZINE HCL 56 56 49 64
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 44 50 23
MICARDIS 50 50 51 65
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 Jan. 17, 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.