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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Interventional Cardiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,113Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 38

$496K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 38

504 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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 South Carolina
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,223 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

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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 South Carolina
WARFARIN SODIUM 586 539 1 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 441 381 2 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 411 388 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 346 311 4 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 294 233 5 2
SIMVASTATIN 280 264 6 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 274 269 7 8
MULTAQ 263 262 8 26
LISINOPRIL 198 179 9 4
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 184 184 10 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 183 147 11 10
PRADAXA 172 166 12 17
CLOPIDOGREL 168 133 13 5
ZETIA 167 136 14 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 165 151 15 14
CARVEDILOL 154 111 16 3
BENAZEPRIL HCL 142 130 17 33
SPIRONOLACTONE 142 103 17 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 131 19 19
DIOVAN 141 139 19 23
DIGOXIN 139 116 21 15
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 135 127 22 31
PLAVIX 118 96 23 9
CRESTOR 113 96 24 13
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 103 90 25 41
ATENOLOL 85 77 26 16
QUINAPRIL HCL 85 70 26 53
LIPITOR 81 57 28 35
KLOR-CON 10 74 65 29 44
KLOR-CON M20 71 53 30 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 68 51 31 24
XARELTO 60 55 32 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 53 33 18
CARTIA XT 52 48 34 65
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 44 35 49
SOTALOL 51 51 35 32
BYSTOLIC 50 44 37 51
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 Dec. 28, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.