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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,220Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 273

$611K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 273

551 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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 Louisiana
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 10,290 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Louisiana
CRESTOR 717 571 1 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 675 640 2 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 668 650 3 11
CARVEDILOL 608 573 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 538 464 5 6
RAMIPRIL 504 459 6 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 472 437 7 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 356 305 8 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 351 339 9 47
WARFARIN SODIUM 344 332 10 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 317 300 11 8
LOVAZA 316 276 12 60
SPIRONOLACTONE 291 281 13 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 260 246 14 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 246 214 15 2
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 239 231 16 31
CLOPIDOGREL 199 173 17 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 190 187 18 19
FENOFIBRATE 182 159 19 34
DIOVAN 181 149 20 21
TRICOR 178 165 21 63
PRADAXA 157 147 22 22
ZETIA 144 127 23 30
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 138 136 24 25
PLAVIX 136 113 25 12
VERAPAMIL ER 132 126 26 64
VYTORIN 121 121 27 68
LISINOPRIL 111 84 28 4
BENAZEPRIL HCL 111 106 28 35
LOVASTATIN 101 88 30 44
ATENOLOL 101 89 30 17
FUROSEMIDE 96 90 32 5
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 93 93 33 49
DIGOXIN 81 81 34 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 77 35 40
NITROSTAT 76 67 36 28
BYSTOLIC 73 64 37 26
DIOVAN HCT 72 69 38 58
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 67 54 39 45
BENICAR HCT 65 60 40 105
IRBESARTAN 63 59 41 108
LIPITOR 61 54 42 29
XARELTO 60 58 43 61
ACEBUTOLOL HCL 55 55 44 72
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. 10, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.