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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,662Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 23

$493K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 23

717 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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 Vermont
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 8,262 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $72 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 Vermont
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 840 737 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 652 595 2 4
LISINOPRIL 499 410 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 452 424 4 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 448 368 5 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 401 341 6 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 374 347 7 1
FUROSEMIDE 374 340 7 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 332 277 9 20
CLOPIDOGREL 330 277 10 11
DIGOXIN 307 271 11 13
CARVEDILOL 298 225 12 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 265 243 13 10
PLAVIX 248 214 14 18
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 182 170 15 17
SOTALOL 168 134 16 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 152 17 14
RANEXA 153 81 18 32
ATENOLOL 151 108 19 12
NITROSTAT 144 87 20 22
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 142 95 21 37
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 115 97 22 35
SPIRONOLACTONE 105 98 23 19
NIASPAN 104 75 24 31
CILOSTAZOL 89 64 25 43
BENICAR 85 85 26 44
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 85 61 26 15
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 80 80 28 23
AMIODARONE HCL 77 77 29 29
BYSTOLIC 75 66 30 39
FENOFIBRATE 69 56 31 49
LIPITOR 68 59 32 41
CRESTOR 66 64 33 16
DIOVAN 64 55 34 30
JANTOVEN 63 63 35 53
DILTIAZEM ER 60 47 36 37
TRICOR 60 35 36 54
WELCHOL 52 38 38 59
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 52 52 38 59
PRADAXA 51 38 40 25
MULTAQ 51 35 40 61
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 50 31 42 63
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 Oct. 7, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.