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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,233Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 132 out of 1448

$575K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 96 out of 1448

365 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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

11% of this provider’s 365 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,908 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$80 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 387 379 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 281 271 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 258 253 3 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 195 185 4 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 180 172 5 18
CRESTOR 178 162 6 17
ATENOLOL 173 173 7 12
LIPITOR 169 169 8 30
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 169 169 8 21
FUROSEMIDE 160 153 10 7
DIOVAN 156 153 11 15
LISINOPRIL 145 136 12 5
OMEPRAZOLE 142 137 13 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 141 134 S3 14 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 126 126 15 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 106 102 16 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 98 98 17 19
CLOPIDOGREL 96 86 18 10
CARVEDILOL 95 83 19 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 94 91 20 9
BENAZEPRIL HCL 91 75 21 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 86 86 22 46
DIGOXIN 85 85 23 13
AMIODARONE HCL 81 81 24 22
PLAVIX 79 68 25 14
METFORMIN HCL 77 73 26 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 74 74 27 129
JANUVIA 74 74 27 64
ZETIA 74 70 27 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 68 30 11
SYNTHROID 65 65 31 90
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 54 32 48
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 58 32 41
GABAPENTIN 58 58 32 51
NEXIUM 57 57 35 49
EVISTA 56 45 36 134
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 July 8, 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.