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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,071Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 89

$430K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 89

746 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%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 Texas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 8,139 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $73 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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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 Texas
LISINOPRIL 849 756 1 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 788 713 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 531 465 3 15
CARVEDILOL 522 452 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 454 422 5 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 443 407 6 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 410 386 7 2
CLOPIDOGREL 386 331 8 16
FUROSEMIDE 330 288 9 10
PLAVIX 282 247 10 20
PROPAFENONE HCL 266 256 11 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 246 225 12 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 231 217 13 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 204 192 14 22
SOTALOL 177 177 15 7
CRESTOR 172 161 16 26
AMIODARONE HCL 169 167 17 4
ATENOLOL 148 132 18 29
DIGOXIN 138 115 19 14
PRADAXA 134 112 20 5
MULTAQ 132 111 21 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 114 22 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 101 99 23 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 93 63 24 27
NITROSTAT 82 73 25 44
COUMADIN 81 67 26 45
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 80 73 27 21
DILTIAZEM ER 80 80 27 46
PACERONE 64 58 29 33
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 58 47 30 51
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 58 30 51
CLONIDINE HCL 54 49 32 41
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 51 32 35
BYSTOLIC 53 52 34 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 29 35 38
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 Aug. 6, 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.